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The South Korean Love Industry

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With one of the lowest birth rates in the world, South Korea is in danger of disappearing by the end of the millennium. If the situation stays as it is, South Koreans are predicted to become extinct by 2750. Because of the rapidly aging population, elderly prostitutes known as "Bacchus ladies" have cornered a number of public parks as their working areas. Meanwhile, South Korean kids are living with their families well into their 20s—as a result, an entire economy of sex motels has sprung up to give kids a place to fool around outside the watchful eyes of their parents. We sent Matt Shea to investigate this generational crisis, which led him to Seoul's red-light district, a pre-wedding photo shoot on the set of a Korean soap opera, and an erotic sculpture park on South Korea's "honeymoon island." More from VICE: The Japanese Love Industry - http://bit.ly/Japanese-Love-Industry The Digital Love Industry - http://bit.ly/Digital-Love-Industries Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice
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Text Comments (4416)
Taupik Gokil (7 hours ago)
Daniel Radcliffe
stayflyxx (2 days ago)
Young people sneaking around....Not too different from the US. I wish we had motels like these. Would have made things a bit easier :P
john03063 (3 days ago)
The only thing that will increase fertility is to take women's rights away. But the government would rather force their people into extinction than challenge women
Anandhu A.B (4 days ago)
Where can I hire that cameraman
jin angel (5 days ago)
that one couple cant even afford a house yet the government expects young couples to have more children
Night's Freak (5 days ago)
that girl was curvy asf tho .
Rohan Rao (6 days ago)
I always knew the korean dramas were too good to be true!!
Chuck Nourrizzz (6 days ago)
HUman will not live till 2100 anyway, my gut tell me. And what is so bad about low birthrate? It actually needed to reduce the population, Human population is too much now, and less population means less competitors in business. Thats very good actually
Cuphead , (7 days ago)
We need to send the nuke That will start ww3 So everyone dies in a year so the guy who estimated is wrong HAH
Akmal Fahrezzy (8 days ago)
Does anyone know about the backsong name at 19:21 , or have a link full bersion of it i really like it
pashley1411 (8 days ago)
The video’s presumption is that sex correlates with child rearing, Obviously it doesn’t.
Ben Connor (9 days ago)
the narrator is a fucking prude, don't get a shy lil church boy to make a sex themed documentary?!?
半分熊 (10 days ago)
Korean Comfort Women in Taiwan, had to prostitution by himself falsely Japanese the 'Mizusawa Maki' a lie. https://youtu.be/B3JSB0VACFI https://www.tokyoreporter.com/entertainment/adult-video/won-won-situation-for-korean-knockoffs-of-japanese-hookers/
zepe (11 days ago)
Here in brazil, we also usually take pictures before getting married, kinda like that, it is really common to do that.
buddy man (13 days ago)
Romeo and juliFat
Emal Kip (14 days ago)
stop commenting about the fucking photographer theres already a million
(14 days ago)
Jeju love land is basically penis jokes embodiment
Skyler Robinson (16 days ago)
That camera guy was a gag 😂😂😂
Sam Streom (16 days ago)
you CRANK it... Vice really outdid itself this time
JJ KENDEX (17 days ago)
I'm half korean and my mum is acc so secretive about sex when I told her I lost my virginity at 13 she flipped 😂
aesthetic_ soul_ (17 days ago)
Yang Xiao Long (17 days ago)
I wonder which (((cultural influencer))) financed that sex park
Frankyy Milkyy (18 days ago)
11:30..11:38 is my favourite excerpt.
Phoenix (19 days ago)
10:32 Background: "Yes, sure, I'm 11" Me: "You're not supposed to be in here!"
Phoenix (19 days ago)
Now do the North Korean love industry
ricochetey (19 days ago)
Lum yay mo yay harangum toe hippityscyllia hoppala donut
Bobby Lee (20 days ago)
1:20 did they just intentionally partially censor the phrase nuclear family lol
Daliana Torres (20 days ago)
That guy has a very punchable face
Rachel Arnold (20 days ago)
I can't imagine abandoning my parents when they are old and retired. it REALLY pisses me off that a bunch of young people in South Korea are doing this. despicable. they take care of you your whole life and love you completely and you just abandon them. i hope they are ashamed
Rachel Arnold (13 days ago)
+St. Petersberg of course but that is why you hire a care taker or if it comes to it, find a nursing home. abandoning them completely on the streets is un-excuseable. the old women who were prostituting themselves out was especially sad, I would do whatever it took to save my mother from a fate like that.
St. Petersberg (13 days ago)
It's different when your parents are immobile and cant even get to the bath room or wipe their ass or change their clothes and have dementia or Alzheimer's and you are expected to be their 24 hour servant , Than when they are just normal people and that's when you are completely right
Rachel Arnold (20 days ago)
1:00 dude whatever programs they used over there, they need to send over to India
Otaku Senpai (21 days ago)
SK i have a solution for u..... immigration...
앞으로 (21 days ago)
That photographer guy is fucking mental.
michael fowler (21 days ago)
I miss the early days of vice when Shane Smith made it practicly alone, no agendas, just interesting investigative journalism.
Matt Fisher (22 days ago)
Just clicked to be sure someone left a comment about the reverse shocker in the thumbnail.
Carthes (8 days ago)
Perhaps you need to study some videos on female masturbation to better educate yourself.
Young ApGoon (22 days ago)
Do North Korea Next
mesh (23 days ago)
2018 birth rate under 1.... who save my country?
Matt Howland (24 days ago)
Developed 1st world countries population is on the decline, while poor 3rd-4th world countries population is going through the roof! You can see where this is heading and what the world is going to look like in 50 years. Not good
Vapor (24 days ago)
this video isnt age resticied
Avery Chu (25 days ago)
Avery Chu (25 days ago)
ayumiashleigh (25 days ago)
the photographer reminds me of garrett watts
Erika (27 days ago)
11:33 “if the room is pretty, I will like it.” LOL I think that was a hint from your girlfriend 😂
jkklx 04 (27 days ago)
Yoda (27 days ago)
Yoda Yoda 1 second ago I'm so happy to live in a country where prostitution is legal. As is my wife. :)
Akmal Fahrezzy (27 days ago)
Does anyone know or have a link for the backsong or music at Colatek nightclub scene?
Dave Cullins (28 days ago)
One day the stereotype of East Asia will be that it's just full of old people
Alpha May (28 days ago)
Smile! Smile! Smile! Please
I am Nel (28 days ago)
extinct by 2750? oh no! i better save my kpop stuffs and throw them in a time capsule.
Mohd Fitri (29 days ago)
"it takes the word "dickhead" to a whole another level" lmao
Randi Alisha Ratcliffe (29 days ago)
I’m in love with the photographer he’s an absolute awesome spirit
Crank Frank (30 days ago)
That motel manager has an unfortunate name, lmao.
Oh yeah Oh yeah (30 days ago)
Oh yeah yeah
thefan frfr Jassonpeak (30 days ago)
XO DEATH (30 days ago)
bahae boucetta (1 month ago)
there is nothing moroccan about them otel the china isn't the tiels are spanish and the lantels are middle eastern also i don't think that a muslim country would advocate for pre-marital sex
jessie mayfield (1 month ago)
The photographer stole the show ☺️💔 but this isn't really true of Korea in 2750 we'll all be extinct. Even foreigners come to Korea and get married and have long relationships
SinBin ' (1 month ago)
Get yourself a friend that hypes you up just like how the wedding photographer hyped them up😂😂😂
rajeev kumar (1 month ago)
in India we have different problem lol
Val- Vals (1 month ago)
Having a child in Korea is super expensive. So stfu
ZeroCold Gg (1 month ago)
finally everyone di- diamond rings their partner!
Cody Chen (1 month ago)
Just bring in a shit ton of straight white men to live there and bam.
Lameashellcosplay (1 month ago)
I hope he marries the translator in real life, they were adorable.
Gauri A.R.M.Y (1 month ago)
That photographer is soo CuTe 😂👍💜
Brockftw69 (1 month ago)
10:33 "yes sure I'm 11" "Maybe we should go" "안녕하세요, 저는 Chris Hansen입니다. 저기 앉으세요."
Tahmeed Mazumder (1 month ago)
im dying posing stuff is not for me
Boozer (1 month ago)
Gamer's Franchise (1 month ago)
This series is fuckin weird
Mister Dinner (1 month ago)
1:20 According to my profs in college, that silence means someone has been fired. Not forcefully, but in a shameful, spiteful way.
Last Earthbender (1 month ago)
I'm watching this after seeing the other documentary about Japan's love industry and might I say, I'm fucking relieved! At least the South Koreans are having sex with real people still!
Last Earthbender (1 month ago)
Holy shit, I thought this pre-shoot bullshit was only prevalent in my country!
Apache (1 month ago)
South Korea is a whore land ...
Ms Tergelsar (1 month ago)
Two awkward human beings put to get fake wedding photo shoot.
cheristar (1 month ago)
I have no nightlife. I'm knock out at 11 pm. I don't know how korean stay up so late and how they function with little sleep.
pigtailsboy (1 month ago)
You know from watching a few of these videos it almost seems sensible to have these governments restrict personal freedoms and make illegal certain products. Possibly even birth control. Unplanned parenthood may be better than no parents and no children.
Mystery Mystique (1 month ago)
My answer to Korea's decreased population problem, is send all of your birth control to the USA, because we desperately need the birth control to help us with our over population, while simultaneously helping y'all with your low birth rate, because, think about it, why does the USA have such a high birth rate, because, it's impossible to get birth control over here. 🤔
don't make limb jokes (1 month ago)
10:34 "sure, I'm eleven"
Mayakattt (1 month ago)
"it takes dick head to a whole new level" LOL
Lindsay Moss (1 month ago)
I blame wedding costs...and overwork.
Zoey Rodriguez (1 month ago)
That Penis Park tho 🤣
james munoz (1 month ago)
The photographer was so damn funny😂
Justintastic (1 month ago)
Around 10:33 I heard someone in the background say “ yeah sure I’m eleven”
Graziella Paes (1 month ago)
Go Koreaaaa 2018
Crackerz GD (1 month ago)
Wooden penis, Thats some hard wood.
Thomas Trang Tran (1 month ago)
How is this not age restricted
Kimberly Martinez (1 month ago)
When western people get to know Asian tradition be like : this is weird.... 😂😂😂
Reagan Flint (1 month ago)
The host eyes look dead, doesnt matter what makeup they put on him...
Jitten Blaze (1 month ago)
Send indians to korea, after 10 year........ , birth rate rise up too fast its time to stop
robin kalousek (1 month ago)
Jesus christ
Hanjung Kim (1 month ago)
I was so embarrassed when I mistakenly got into red light district near by a train station in Seoul about 12years ago. I was even in school uniform.
tuvieja. exe (2 months ago)
people< happy earth
Cubano Lean (2 months ago)
Who came here 4 The Litty Photographer 😈😈💫😂🔥🔥 is dammm hypeeeeee
The Indie Scourge (2 months ago)
It takes the word ‘dickhead’ to another level.
ABANDONED ACCOUNT (2 months ago)
when even a photo shoot fake couple has a better love life then you
Chari Zard (2 months ago)
I genuinely don't get why the media is portraying the decision of having less children is bad. there are so many people in the world and less and less jobs. and the environment situation is getting worse. if we didnt populate earth so densely it would solve hunger. and a choice of having less kids born and giving birth in a later age (not 15 but 30) is adequate in my book. church propaganda of having sex only for procreation and purposefully uneducating people about STI's and not giving an option of safe sex is inhumane.
issa (2 months ago)
4:28 "smile, smile! smile please! *P L E A S E* "
Chelsea (2 months ago)
the photographer tho 😅
Gaksa Gantara (2 months ago)
Ugly truth
Honest John (2 months ago)
That’s there idea of love lmao
Tru Hawaii (2 months ago)
What are we so worried about a shrinking population? It’s the one thing that might save and ensure the future

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