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[VIDEO NEWS] A club for teens: Is it a problem?

Jan 31,2018
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1) A “teen nightclub” that recently opened in Hongdae and was designed to look like an adult club has caught the interest of many.
2) A staff member at the club explained that it is meant to create an entertainment culture for teens.
3) Only those between the ages of 14 and 19 are allowed into the club, and a student ID card is required upon entrance.
4) The entrance fee is 5,000 won ($4.70), and it closes at 10 p.m.
5) Smoking and alcohol are, of course, prohibited. Instead, soft drinks like Coke and Sprite are sold.
6) What’s interesting is that ‘a box of napkins’ is included in the drink package deal.
7) The napkins cost 10,000 won when bought separately.
8) Why so expensive? The napkins are meant for kids to imitate the practice of throwing napkins in the air, which often happens at adult clubs.
9) In some online communities, pictures of explicit PDA seen at the club have been posted.
10) Some internet users have expressed concern about the ridiculously high prices and the uncritical imitation of adult nightlife culture.
11) But on the other hand, others don’t see a problem here, as teen clubs exist in other countries, too.
12) “As an adult, it doesn’t look too bad to me. The reality is, teens don’t have many options for entertainment, except for internet cafes and karaoke.”
13) “We call them ‘minors’ for a reason. They are not yet legally responsible for themselves. What if someone commits a crime in that dark, crowded place? Also, imagine an adult criminal posing as a teen to get inside.”
14) “What do you care? They’re not even drinking, they’re just getting some soft drinks and enjoying themselves.”
15) “At a local supermarket, Welch’s soda is 900 won and Fanta is 1,500 won. At the club, they cost 4,000 and 5,000 won. Exactly how much are they getting ripped off?”
16) Netizens are divided on the matter.
17) The teen club was made with the intention of creating a cultural space for teens. What will become of it?

Video sourced from JoonAng Ilbo
Video directed by Lee Jeong-bong
Video produced by Kim Su-hyeon
Translated by Kim Hyo-jung
Edited by Matthew Silberman