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thetruetest

Date Posted:05/22/2013 10:08:14Copy HTML

Has anyone done it?  I've been here a couple of months and the weather is beautiful.  I've been looking for a while online and haven't found out if it's against the law or not.  I know that nobody does it here but I just want to know if I can do it.
strepsils #1

Re:Thonging in Korea

Date Posted:05/23/2013 01:44:31Copy HTML

I have tried in Caribbean Bay!
Koreans are perfectly alright with man in thong. 
I am not old, so, I suppose they don't care. 
Maxtan #2

Re:Thonging in Korea

Date Posted:06/20/2013 12:21:00Copy HTML

I think I could give you perfect answer for this topic.

At the first, You MUST recognize that how korean culture is consrvative.
Most girls prefere swimsuit bottom which provide enough coverage and  even do not wear leggings only (always layerd with skirt or shorts.) because they are too shy to show off their butt shape!

Guys have somwhat 'macho' temper and wearing thong is regarded kind of gay thing.
Futhermore, Not only for koreans but also aisans are much more interested in other person's privacy than westerns do.
Do you think thonging in korea is acceptable under these atmosphere?

My answer is YES!!

Also you can find many thonger in korea. I know it sounds weired but true.
I saw at least 1 or 2 thongers per every visit on the beach or outdoor pool.
Most of them were female and I haven't seen anyone in thong at indoor pool and water park.
Maxtan #3

Re:Thonging in Korea

Date Posted:06/20/2013 12:58:15Copy HTML

I missed most important information.

It is not clearly stated thonging is legal or illegal in the law.
Excessive exposure is prohibitted but interpretation of 'excessive' is up to judges decision.

Following is the regulation (my translation may not 100% accurate) :

When your are at ths space where you could be found by many person
- Excessive exposing bare body carelessly or
- Wearing See through colths or
- Exposing the part which shall be covered or
- Makes other person feel uncomfortable/shame

This law was founded in 1970's and mini skirt (17cm above knee) was fined at that time but Don't be nervous we are living in 2013 now! :-)
sandrhymes #4

Re:Thonging in Korea

Date Posted:06/20/2013 02:36:31Copy HTML

I remembered running across these pics from awhile back of a pool party at the Hamilton Hotel in Korea.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewe/sets/72157622367893327/
Seam_Stress #5

Re:Thonging in Korea

Date Posted:06/21/2013 03:36:25Copy HTML

I never went to the Hamilton when I was there (2001-2005) because it was overcrowded (see the photos) and because the hotel might have allowed smoking on the deck.  I occasionally saw women wearing thongs on the grass in the northwest-most part of the Seoul river park (around where the World Cup Stadium is).  I preferred to find secluded spots in the grass near the river and was never harassed, even if an occasional passerby saw me.  Your mileage may vary..According to wikipedia, people are trying to create a nudist beach on Jeju island, though I have no information about it.  It might be one option, though getting there is quite a trip, and whether thongs would be allowed is another matter.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_nudity_places_in_Asia
Ex_Member #6

Re:Thonging in Korea

Date Posted:06/27/2013 10:31:08Copy HTML

 Busan has really nice weather, and I think thongs are perfectly fine on Haewoondae beach. Anything can happen on Haewoondae, and there is this really famous thong guy roaming around there. He's appeared on Korean television, and he is pretty known in Korea. But I've got to warn you. Haewoondae is pretty packed during the summer. Better go there around May or September. But as mentioned above, Korea is pretty conservative, so people who are aged 40 or above might say something about your swimsuit. But the young ones are pretty out-going (or they try to be), so they won't comment on your swimsuit. You may get some looks, but that's about it. And if you're a foreigner, no one will bother you. Although we spend so much money on English education, we're just too nervous to use English. 
In Seoul, go to Itaewon where it is pretty liberal and westernized. 
joshuaspain #7

Re:Thonging in Korea

Date Posted:07/22/2013 12:54:52Copy HTML

 On my way to Seoul. Anyone knows where are good places to buy Thong in Seoul? Any good malls or retail outlets? And are there pools that allows thong?
poonster #8

Re:Thonging in Korea

Date Posted:07/23/2013 03:38:07Copy HTML

 Let me know Joshua what you find in Seoul. I seem to be following you around the globe. Will be in Seoul in late August but unfortunately I have to return home asap for this trip and can't swing by HK to visit relatives (and thong)
Seam_Stress #9

Re:Thonging in Korea

Date Posted:09/08/2013 05:22:02Copy HTML

joshuaspain  7# (07/22/2013) - If you were asking about mainstream stores and thongs, it was nonexistent when I was there (2001-2005), though maybe things have changed.  The idea of thongs was mostly alien to Koreans.  Hell, a man taking off his shirt in public was considered "scandalous".
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The best place to shop for men's thong underwear was a lingerie shop in Itaewon, though there were other stores.  Generally, if a lingerie shop sold women's thongs, they sold men's too.  From Itaewon station, go east past the fire department on the south side of the street.  The shop *was* opposite the doctor's clinic (north side), though whether it exists anymore, I don't know.  They never carried thong swimwear when I was there.
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The only place that did have a lot of thong items were dance shops, but they were all thong leotards, only good for women, but the shops did have a lot of tights as well.  I forget where they are exactly, but start from Gwanghwamun station and go east on the south side of the Jongno-ro.  You'll eventually see a few dance shops along the main road, and shortly after is a road going south with many dancewear shops.  Some even do custom stuff.
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There used to be many sporting goods shops around Dongdaemun stadium which sold gear for swimming, speedskating, skiing, running and many other sports.  I never saw thongs.  However, I see from a look at google maps that Dongdaemun been torn down and replaced with something else.  I have no idea where the stores would have relocated to.
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Finally, I recall that there was a swimwear shop in Manwong-dong (Mapo-gu district), though I don't recall the exact location.   The  Naebu highway runs east-west over a waterway (with bike trails underneath; I used to ride them a lot).  Underneath the highway interchange along the river, there are swimming pools which are only open in the summer. Look on a map for Mangwon-ro which also runs east-west, the largest street near and south of the highway.  Somewhere along Mangwon-ro (within a kilometre of the running track and tennis courts) there is a shop that sold women's thongs as well as full bottom suits.  I actually never went in the store, so I don't know if they sold men's swimsuits, let alone thongs.  That's a place you'll only try if you've exhausted ever other option.
joshuaspain #10

Re:Thonging in Korea

Date Posted:09/08/2013 11:02:23Copy HTML

 Seam_stress: thank you so much the information... Very timely, I will be in Seoul this Friday and will be sure to check out your recommendations. Josh
_pinkstring_ #11

Re:Thonging in Korea

Date Posted:01/31/2017 02:35:49Copy HTML

 Any updates for S. Korea? Ill be in busan for work. Ive been before a couple times. No problems wearing a bikini but havent seen any thongs on guys. Thanks for the imput!
turkishboy #12

Re:Thonging in Korea

Date Posted:01/31/2017 05:48:02Copy HTML

 I was in S Korea a year ago. Thongs would not be acceptable to Korean people. I saw a few small bikinis on westerners on the beaches, but they were frowned on and in the minority. From what I saw it's a conservative country, with very strong traditions. I was in Seoul and Incheon and a few coastal places for a few weeks. It's like a lot of places, you have to respect local customs, values and traditions. A lot of harm can be done unknowingly.

kiyoothong #13

Re:Thonging in Korea

Date Posted:09/22/2017 04:40:54Copy HTML

 Yes, Korea is conservative and Koreans tend to stay within the norm. But I also think that they are very shy and not outspoken. They don't really express their thoughts in public. To give you an anecdote, a friend of mine once went to a bathhouse in Korea. He had shaved his pubes before going, so a lot of people stared at him. But no one really said anything to him.
So there you have it. You can thong in Korea. But people may stare at you and may take photos of you. If you're up for that, then by all means.
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