Gay & Lesbian Travellers

Korea is a sexually conservative society and although the country has never outlawed homosexuality, this shouldn’t be taken as a sign of tolerance or acceptance. Attitudes are changing, especially among young people, but virtually all of the local gay population (called ivan in Korean) chooses to stay firmly in closet.

Gay and lesbian travellers who publicise their sexual orientation should be prepared for some less than positive reactions.

In mid-June, Seoul pins up its rainbow colours for the Korea Queer Festival (www.kqcf.org).