East Coast City Plans 'No Koreans' BeachA beach for foreigners only will open for the first time in Gangneung in 2004.
Gangneung City is "contemplating managing the Yeongok beach for foreigners only," a city official said Monday.
The city decided to designate one of the ten or so beaches in Gangneung for foreigners, it said, because it found from a survey of
tourists that foreign visitors do not like using beaches amidst Koreans. A city official explained that Koreans make bathing a family affair with food, noise and fun, while the seemingly uptight
foreign visitors the city surveyed wanted a quiet place for sunbathing. The city official said he hopes the foreign-only
beach will attract more tourists to the city, and added in response to a question that he expected no adverse reaction from city residents to being banned from one of their own beaches.
Gangneung will try to raise 7.3 billion won ($5.7 million) in private investment and permanently establish and manage a condominium and a camping site.
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