Residents Taking Steps to Close Busan’s Last Red Light District

Residents are actively taking steps to eliminate the prostitution center in Wanwol-dong, Seo-gu which is the last red-light district in Busan.

Wanwol-dong’s Merchant’s Association and residents are hoping the area is approved as an area to revitalize urban regeneration and plan to apply for subscription to the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs.

If the municipality assigns the site, the ward office will set up an action plan and approve it to the Ministry of Land. 

According to the Wanwol-dong Merchants Association, 90% of merchants have already agreed to develop the area.

Currently, Wanwol-dong, which is located on the 139,000-square-meter site in Chungmu-dong, Seo-gu, has 42 shops and about 250 women.

There have been attempts to eliminate the area, but it has been disrupted by conflicts of interest.

In 2005, Wanwol-dong was included in the Seong-gu Chungmu New Town plan, but it was transformed into a commercial district.

In 2013, Seung-gu Chungmu-dong 2 was commissioned to the Busan Development Institute for regional restoration planning service, but it failed due to the failure of securing national expenses.

Wanwol-dong is one of the three biggest prostitution centers in the country, along with Cheongryangri and Jagalmadang in Daegu.

It is the last remaining red light district in Busan.

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