A gentleman has told the Korea Observer that Black, a famous gay bathhouse in the Shinnonhyeon area of Seoul, has banned customers based on weight, age, and race.
“When trying to visit there I was rejected saying that this place was only for KOREAN PEOPLE,” the source said on the Consumer Complaints Forum of The Korea Observer.
The complaint goes on to say: “Clearly foreigners for them means white people and not Asian because I saw a Chinese guy going inside which is a clear discrimination based on race. I was very offended by this policy.”
An employee of Black told the Korea Observer that they only discrimination taking place is based on whether someone looks attractive or not. The employee claims that this is necessary to keep the bathhouse "hot."
An employee of Prince, a popular gay sauna in Shinchon, said that many other gay saunas in Seoul have a stricter policy than Black to fill their bathhouse with customers who have a strong sex appeal. “We need to make the majority of our customers happy to stay in business,” said the employee.
Black made the headlines in 2012 when the owner was arrested for allowing gays to have sexual intercourse in his public bathhouse.