And more people are less ashamed. Motel interiors, too, are breaking away from the tack and kink that was once part of their reputation. Okay, prison-cell themed rooms do still exist. I arrived at Sokcho Bus Terminal on the East coast of South Korea; I asked the nearby tourist kiosk where I could sleep the night, and was directed to a nearby motel. What would await me inside? Innocent self that I was, my heart was palpitating, faced with the flashing neon lights and shady entrance that I had to walk through. There was no lobby, just a small low-rise window no more than 20 square centimeters through which appeared a pair of anonymous hands.
Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below. Just click on the icons to get to the download page.
In this occasional series, the Los Angeles Review of Books Korea Blog presents his essays on his ever-deepening experiences with Korean life, culture, and family. Links to previous installments appear at the bottom of the post. Tickets were in high demand, especially for the four-seat booths with a convenient folding table in the middle that had to be reserved as a set. Most people rested comfortably in their turquoise seats on the fast, quiet train, with the exception of one group of businessmen talking and laughing loudly in their own four-seater as though they had the train entirely to themselves. Midway through the three-and-a-half hour ride, a pretty young KTX staff member entered the car, pushing a refreshment cart like a flight attendant on an airplane. She wore a white blouse, turquoise skirt, and turquoise scarf, matching the color scheme of the train. She calmly offered drinks and snacks to the passengers, ignored by all until she reached the businessmen in the middle of the car. One of the men laughed loudly and ordered some soju from her. It was early afternoon, but the men seemed to have been drinking since the morning.
A love hotel is a type of short-stay hotel found around the world operated primarily for the purpose of allowing guests privacy for sexual activities. The name originates from "Hotel Love" in Osaka , which was built in and had a rotating sign. Cheaper daytime off-peak rates are common. In general, reservations are not possible, and leaving the hotel will forfeit access to the room; overnight-stay rates become available only after These hotels may be used for prostitution , although they are sometimes used by budget-travelers sharing accommodation. Entrances are discreet, and interaction with staff is minimized.