Bad news for nudists from S Korea, where attitudes against naturism and social nudity appear to be hardening.
The closure of the site follows a report, featured on this blog, that Korean tourists are feeling increasingly uncomfortable when encountering nude beaches abroad.
This may be a sad development for the international naturist community, but we should realise that other nations’ culture and values are different to ours, are no less valid and must be respected.
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We’re hearing rumours that South Korea might get its first nude beach by 2017.
Apparently officials Gangwon Province are aiming to set up South Korea’s first nude beach in an attempt to boost the country’s east coast beaches, which lose out every year to the west coast in luring summer visitors from the capital Seoul.
This is not the first time the subject has been broached by government officials.
Gangwon Province tried to launch a female-only nude beach in 2005, while Gangneung City also deliberated, but ultimately scrapped, a nude beach idea due to public outcry. The same happened to a Jeju Island proposal in 2009.
Cynics see history repeating itself here, but if the country can push this through, (and re-aasure western visitors–especially female visitors–that their safety is a prime concern,) then Korea may be on to a winner.
Watch this space.