Host Bars

What’s going on in a Gangnam Host Bar at 2am? (Part 2)

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Part 2 in the series from the Seoul Shinmun, kindly translated by Marilyn; for Part 1 and a wider discussion of what “Host Bars” are exactly, see here.


What’s going on in a Gangnam Host Bar at 2am? (Part 1)

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Host Bars? I’d always assumed they were one-off novelties, largely created for the purpose of perpetuating Westerners’ sexual stereotypes of the Japanese. It came as a real surprise then, to learn that they are in fact a booming business in both Japan and Korea, with hundreds of establishments just in the wealthier parts of Seoul alone.


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