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S. Korea nude beach plan stokes ire

AFP-JIJI

A South 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 Wednesday.

The idea was initially put forward by the East Sea-Rim Headquarters — 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 official said.

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