Signs like this make me sad. This picture is doing the rounds on Facebook so I thought I would repost it here.
There are some bars in Korea that have a ‘no foreigners’ allowed policy. The one above is taken from a Ho Bar in Gangnam.
Ho Bar is probably one of the biggest bar chains in Seoul. It’s kind of like a UK Wetherspoons…but louder. Me and my friends have been turned away on the grounds of being foreign by the same bar in Gangnam before. A few months ago I was also turned away from another Ho bar in Seoul because I am a foreigner. It made me laugh to think about what would happen if we put up a ‘No Asians allowed’ sign in the window of an English pub.
There are still Ho bars that allow foreigners (such as in Hongdae) but after that, I have been boycotting every Ho bar I see. I don’t think I could give my custom to a place banning people on the grounds of their nationality or ethnicity.
I’ve worked at a Ho Bar in Shinchon near Yonsei and we had to put this policy in place for foreigners who weren’t attending the Yonsei Korean program because ya’ll would come in and do some stupid shit like break a bottle of Jack Daniels over someone’s head because you were drunk (we had to close early that day and I had to clean that shit up), we were getting multiple complaints from women that foreign men were hitting on them excessively to the point where even after being told no multiple times they would grab the wrists of the women calling them names like whore, and because, generally, ya’ll keep forgetting that it’s fucking Korea and forget your manners and etiquette.
Shit we’re losing business, do you think we want to close off the bars from foreigners? But if we don’t ya’l do some stupid shit that makes it impossible to do business.
Also if you’re really considering shit that ya’ll did to yourself as something equal to racial discrimination in the US you really need to stop.
I can attest to foreigners making unwanted comments at Korean students, especially female students, thinking that they won’t understand you and calling us racial slurs in and around Shinchon.