Gay & Lesbian Travellers

Korea is a sexually conservative society, and although the country has never outlawed homosexuality, gay and lesbian travellers who disclose their sexual orientation should be prepared for some less-than-positive reactions. For more information and context, log on to Chingusai (, a human rights group for gay Korean men with a detailed website.

Attitudes are changing, however, especially among young people. The annual Seoul Queer Culture Festival organises a range of activities, including a gay-pride parade and film festival. In 2017 an estimated 50,000 people took part in the parade.

Seoul has a healthy queer bar scene, although not all are foreigner friendly. Travelgay Asia ( has a detailed Korea section with maps and reviews to gay bars, clubs and services.