Back Street in Itaewon: Seoul, South Korea

Itaewon Orange Jacket Itaewon is a freewheeling enclave where Nigerians, Moroccans, Middle-Easterners, Mongolians, and U.S. Army-enlisted men and women, among other expatriates, come together as their own melting pot. Westerners like Itaewon for its eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, as well as having the best English bookstore in Seoul. Koreans, especially the young and open-minded, like Itaewon for its adventuresome vibe: black people and gay and transgender bars. Many adult Koreans have lived their entire lives in Seoul without having visited Itaewon once; because it borders a U.S. Army base, it holds a stigma among older Koreans.

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