There aren't many blacks in South Korea, and most are stationed here with the U.S. military or are here from countries in Africa to study or work. In general, Koreans don't discriminate any more against blacks than they do against any other foreigners. Those who take issue with foreigners will do so regardless of skin color. That said, Koreans have culturally found lighter skin more attractive, since historically, those who worked in the fields got darker, while royalty and the aristocratic yangban class kept their complexions hidden from the sun. Since black travelers are rare in South Korea, you may get some curious stares.

Agencies and organizations that provide resources for black travelers include Rodgers Travel (tel. 800/825-1775; and the African American Association of Innkeepers International (tel. 877/422-5777;

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