Bar­ing the flesh

The pro­posal to set up South Korea’s first nud­ist beach is re­ceiv­ing pub­lic protests.

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ASOUTH Korean prov­ince is con­sid­er­ing set­ting up the coun­try’s first nud­ist beach in an at­tempt to boost tourism, but is al­ready re­ceiv­ing protests from the pub­lic, of­fi­cials said.

The idea was ini­tially put for­ward by the East Sea-Rim Head­quar­ters (ESRH), a depart­ment of the gov­ern­ment in the east­ern prov­ince of Gang­won.

The pro­posal en­vis­ages open­ing a nud­ist area by 2017 to at­tract more for­eign visi­tors to a prov­ince known for its sandy beaches.

”We see this project as part of our ef­forts to pro­mote tourism,” an ESRH of­fi­cial said.

De­spite its rapid mod­erni­sa­tion, South Korea re­mains a largely con­ser­va­tive coun­try and the of­fi­cial said the plan would need the ap­proval of lo­cal res­i­dents.

”With­out their con­sent, it will be dif­fi­cult to push ahead,” she told AFP.

”In fact, we’ve al­ready re­ceived protest calls from some res­i­dents since the project was re­ported,” she added.

The idea of a nud­ist beach was first mooted in 2005, but was swiftly dis­carded be­cause of pub­lic op­po­si­tion.

— Photo from AFP

Bare es­sen­tials: A South Korean prov­ince is con­sid­er­ing set­ting up the coun­try’s first nud­ist beach.

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