Thursday, January 27, 2011

Foreigner-only clubs in 1984

Here's a Korea Times article from August 17, 1984:


Are they certain those "50 disco clubs in Itaewon" are disco clubs? Does anyone know how long those 'GI-only clubs' existed for? And who knew the King Club was around for that long?

I also like that after seeing "decadent shows" staged in the clubs, juveniles become violent, as if exposure to such a foreign place would taint them. Tomorrow I'll post a closer look at such clubs in the mid 1980s.

4 comments:

Exit86 said...

Once again, we see this idea of Koreans as "pure" by nature--innocent sheep being preyed upon by foreign wolves.

Funny that a lot of those Korean ladies were, ummm . . . ladies of the night--esp. in Itaewon.
Geez, I remember even ten years ago you had to be really careful in Itaewon clubs b/c you never knew if the young lady you were dancing with/talking to was a good girl or a working girl (usually the latter).

Then again, I've heard the typical purity line extended to prostitution itself in Korea--blaming it ALL on the Japanese.

Yup. Whatever . . .

Andrew said...

Foreigner only sounds good to me.

Darth Babaganoosh said...

King Club has been around forever. It was disgusting then, and worse now.

seouldout said...

Interestingly, foreigner-only was a Korean gov't scheme. Kinda like Jim Crow, but Korean women weren't barred from the clubs because they were only 2/3rds human. The scheme was to bring in more hard currency - mainly from US military back then, who could drink at lower cost on-post clubs. Those foreigner-only clubs were charged lower taxes, or may have been exempt. So cheap(er) booze + Korean women = Joe in the ville.