Discovering Sex in South Korea

In this post we’re going to talk about the iconic Korean love motels. These cheap and ubiquitous motels are pretty iconic in South Korea.  Some of these motels have themes, while some have round Hugh Hefner beds, and most have walls of porn.

These love motels are a great (albeit, sticky) option for foreigners who want a cheap place to stay for the night.  If you don’t mind a circular bed, pink ceiling light, and sketchy bathroom, the love motel is right up your ally.

You might be asking why these love motels exist?  Are they for the wandering spouse? Or perhaps a naughty rendezvous with a paying customer?  In fact, most of these love motels are frequented by moms and pops attempting to make the beast with two backs in private.  You see, Korean apartments have paper thin walls.  Combine that with the fact that some families all sleep in the same room, and you’ve got a recipe for unwelcomed abstinence.

Insert the love motel.  These motels offer all of the privacy two lovers could ask for.  Want a wall of porn in the lobby?  No problem.  Forgot your “toys” at home?  They’ve got you covered with party favor vending machines.  Need a naughty nurse outfit?  I’m sure the front desk could help you with that. The only thing you might not be able to find is a pregnancy or paternity test.  Those you’ll have to buy somewhere else.

love motel sex toy vending machineThe next time you’re in South Korea and feeling a little frisky… or cheap, be sure to check out (and into) a love motel.  You really can’t beat the price.


Note:  The adorable couple featured in the picture at the top of the page are actually our Hapkido master and his beautiful wife.  Gorgeous, no?

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  1. Nomadic Translator @latinAbroad
    September 10, 2012 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Ha! funny you took my comment to heart and actually wrote a full post about the love motels in South Korea 😉

    It’s interesting to see why they exist there–there’s a whole new set of reasons why they exist in Puerto Rico! The reasons for South Korea seem more “noble”… lol. do you have pictures of the rooms by the way? Do they have stripper poles and mirrored ceilings too?

    – Maria Alexandra

  2. Hogga
    September 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Love hotels are hilarious… although they are much more famous in Japan where they started! Did you know Nintendo almost got into them? Crazy!

  3. Ava Apollo
    September 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Round beds and pink ceiling lights? Sold.

  4. Raul (ilivetotravel in Twitter)
    September 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Second post on the theme in a short amount of time. The fascination! 😉

  5. @mrsoaroundworld
    September 12, 2012 at 3:31 am - Reply

    ha ha, didnt even know these existed!!

  6. D.J. - The World of Deej
    September 12, 2012 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Can you imagine if one day I featured a Love Motel on The World of Deej. Oh man, that review would be awesome…

  7. Michael
    September 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    I did some searching around awhile ago and found that the love motels are cheaper than staying in hostels and hotels. When you pay by the month, it’s insanely cheap. I don’t know but the pictures I’ve seen from love motels in S.Korea look amazing. I’d easily live in them. But I could be fooled. There was a blog that reviewed a bunch of love motels and it was pretty brilliant. Forgot the name of the site though.

  8. Pola (@jettingaround)
    September 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Well, here’s something about Korea I didn’t know! VERY interesting, not just the vending machine pic 😉 but the reason these places exists.

  9. Leah Travels
    September 14, 2012 at 6:29 am - Reply

    They have these in Brazil as well. Although, I’m not sure they have the vending machines. That is straight-up AWESOME!

  10. nikki
    September 14, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    If nothing else, curiosity alone will cause me to book one of these someday!

  11. Ryan
    October 2, 2012 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Haha, this is hilarious. They have a similar thing down here in Ecuador because so many single adults live with their parents still. In a strong, catholic society, you see most kids staying with their parents until they’re married, meaning there are not a lot of options for romantic getaways in the city. Lovers in the park, and these cheap motels have a very important place in the young and frisky market.

    Awesome post!


  12. Elizabeth
    October 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Ha, this is awesome! We also stayed in love motels many times when traveling around Korea, so much cheaper and you get free porn in the room. Once we even had this amazing hot tub. A little sleaze always makes for a fun weekend 🙂

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