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Korean Love Motels: Suncheon & Korean Porn

It was another weekend romp with my new travel BFF, Chance and we were on  back on the Korean Love Motel Tour. Again.  On our way back from a misty day at Boseong Tea Fields and the green tea saltwater spa at Yulpo, we decided to sleepover in Suncheon.  We arrived in Suncheon bus terminal at 11PM, headed straight for the flourescent lights and the first cheesy-sounding  motel.

Love motels are one word… fun!

First stop: Motel BMW.

The front desk clerk tried convincing us that being a Saturday night, all the rooms in town were sold out and he had the last one.  That’s the first time I’ve met a hustling Korean! There were several motels in the neighboring radius; and I didn’t believe Suncheon would be that sex-crazed a city to warrant each pad fully booked. And it wasn’t…


Motels in Suncheon don’t hit theme park excitement.

Most motels around the bus station go for 30,000W/night (approximately $28) for a deluxe to queen-sized bed ; it’s 35,000W/night if you want PC computer in it.  Motel designs we saw weren’t chic, kitschy or attention-grabbing, in the least and most rooms only offered basic amenities. Disappointing.  Jeonju’s motels left us with such high hopes

The Emerald Hotel

korean love motelsYes Hotel.

The Sun Motel

We saw 5 or 6 different love motels. By midnight, we had a winner. At 60,000W we splurged on a VIP room at the Hotel Savoy. It looked classy, Sheraton-like and it was Chance’s birthday weekend. Our room had a deluxe bed, living room, separated bath and toilet rooms, our own Windows PC, shower robes and uh,… free Korean Playboy.

Not quite sure which way I should read this…


Korean Porn is anti-climactic and disappointing.

It’s all boobs and gyrations, but you never see anything nitty gritty. Not even pubic hair or a penis! Korea’s X-ratings must really be “R”. Programs were like Showtime‘s version of soft porn, with the exception that some have a crazy Asian horror twist, which kinda makes you laugh.  Here’s some scenarios:

The Vengeful Lover :

Girlfriend has an affair with a lover in a motel and boyfriend enters in on them. Boyfriend breaks down in front of the bed and bawls. The lovers smoke cigarettes in front of him as if he isn’t there…  He bawls and bawls; they continue to smoke. Boyfriend leaves and decides revenge is key. He returns to the motel to find girlfriend (and lover) now having a threesome (alluded to but nothing explicit shown). Enraged, he takes out his knife and goes in for the kill…. Lover screams… Cut to black.


Girl in Shower Montage:

Naked girl in shower. CU montages. A nipple, a breast, a leg, girl sprays water on herself (no, it’s not like an erotic or sensual stripper dance; it’s like a woman taking an actual shower). Intercut– girl rolling the Pepsi bottle over her body and simulating oral sex… well, sorta. I didn’t know what to think. Was this an art movie, a girl showering or a Pepsi ad?

How sexy is Korean porn?

I’m sorry, I could only last those two shows and they were snoozers! I switched the channel to get my blood racing again and landed on Wanted, where Angelina Jolie made holding a machine gun and spraying bullets in a convenience store look 10x hotter!

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Where to stay in Suncheon:

There’s many love motels within the neighborhood of the Suncheon bus station. As I mentioned before, just follow the neon lights and funny hotel name signs that are in English. Hotel Savoy is north of the bus station but you’ll need to ask around.


  1. Robyn says:

    I’m travelling in Korea at the moment and came across your blog whilst looking for jimjilbang tips (which are really helpful – thank you SO much!) But this post in particular grabbed me because I rocked up at Gongju the night before last without having booked accommodation, and ended up in a love hotel. Well I have to say that if you’re after the real deal but don’t fancy splurging then believe it or not, you need to get yourself over to Gongju. For just W40,000 I got soft red lighting (both in the hallway and room itself), a giant flower pattern on the wall (romantic?! I don’t know!), red and gold velvet bedspread, and when the lady showed me how to use the TV, it switched straight on to a (rather soft-core) porno. It was completely brilliant. Oh, and er . . . noises fro next door which rather crowned the whole experience. Thankfully they didn’t last too long 😉 Anyway thanks for all of your posts, they’re really helpful! I’m going to Seoul today and I’ll be checking out Siloam Spa on your recommendation!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Robyn: Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you had an interesting alternative experience in Korean romance! I love when the motels get cheesy.

  2. lailian says: Savoy Motel within walking distance from Suncheon Bus terminal? and how far is it from Suncheon Station? I need to get there next morning to join the city tour. Thanks!

    • @Iailian: Yes it’s walking distance. Actually, right next to the station or next to the bus lot, you should see a throng of motels. Savoy is amongst them. You can probably either ask or just find another one. There are some nice luxury looking ones in that area too. Just ask to check out the rooms beforehand. Good luck.

  3. ZenKimchi says:

    Korean porn is but an extended underwear ad.

  4. Janet says:

    Great post! I had to stay in a rural love motel for 2 weeks when I first arrived in Korea. It was so weird. Your ‘love motel’ looks much more fancy than the crappy one I stayed in though!

    • @Janet: Oh no, maybe the rural areas don’t offer much. Either way if given the opportunity, next time see if you can see the rooms first. Try a couple before settling on one.

  5. Laura in Cancun says:


    Sorry, a guy crying over his girlfriend is not sexy! (neither are Pepsi bottles, for that matter)

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