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Is Korea Really Safe For Women?

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

We frequently hear about how safe Korea is. Low crime rates, CCTV everywhere, you can literally leave your wallet on the table at a coffeeshop and no one will touch it. Living in this country is like being in a fairytale... unless you're a woman.

Ladies night out at Lit Lounge Itaewon, hookah lounge bar
Ladies night out

That's right, I said it. No I'm not a conservative, liberal feminist. I'm just stating the facts. Women live a different existence even in these so-called "safe countries". Being drugged while out is a reality; being sexually assaulted or worse, is a reality; being physically assaulted is a reality. So, for the ladies, you're going for a night, especially with a group of other women, here are some tips to stay safe:

  1. Plan ahead

    1. Before you go out, make sure you have a plan to get home safely. Consider using a ride-sharing service, taking public transportation, or arranging for a taxi in advance.

    2. Bonus: If you're going to take public transportation make sure to limit your alcohol intake so that you're coherent and conscious until it's time to go.

  2. Stay with a group

    1. Going out with friends or a group of people that you already know is definitely safer than going out alone. You are less likely to be targeted by criminals and creeps. Also, you will have someone to watch your back if you need it.

  3. Watch your drink

    1. Pay attention to your surroundings and never leave your drink unattended. If you suspect that your drink may have been tampered with, don't drink it. Also, make sure you watch the bartender make your drink.

  4. Be conscious of your limits

    1. It's important to know your limits when it comes to drinking and partying. Be aware of how much alcohol you're drinking and when you're reaching your limit.

      1. Drink water continuously throughout the night (after each shot if you can).

      2. If time starts changing (moving too fast or too slow) it's time to stop.

      3. If you're seeing double, it's definitely time to stop.

      4. Oh, and make sure you eat something before you start drinking.

  5. Know where to find help

    1. Make sure you know where the closest hospital or police station is.

  6. Trust your gut

    1. If something doesn't feel right, don't ignore it. Trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation if necessary.

By following these tips, you'll be able to have fun and stay safe on your night out. Nights out are fun, so don't let bad people ruin it for you. Stay safe and stay lit!

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