Being a Gangbuk sort of guy, I’ve always disliked Gangnam.

If this Yonhap report (via the Kyunghyang) is anything to go by, though, it’s clearly not all bad.

Apparently, social controversy surrounds the appearance of a club in Gangnam where couples go to freely and openly engage in lewd behavior.

Shockingly, clubs guests at this club engage in group sex and swapping while others voyeuristically sit back and watch.

There are calls to crack down on the place, but police say there’s no legal basis to do so, and criminologists are split as to whether the club has violated the law or whether there’s a need to create regulations to shut it down.

According to the boys in blue, a “couple theme” club opened up in a busy street in Gangnam-gu on June 19. Only members who join after passing an online adult verification check are let in. The club homepage promotes the club as a place where “any sex-related taboo is taboo.”

Inside, simulated sex acts (read: handjobs and blowjobs), group sex and swapping are going on openly.

On the club homepage, several posts praising the club experience have been posted.

Club management said legal experts have told them that since it’s all happening behind closed doors and involve real couples and not hired professionals, there’s no legal basis to shut the place down.

Management says police can’t crack down on them for public lewdness or prostitution, and they plan to promote themselves from July. In fact, their homepage already has an advertiser.

The poor police, meanwhile, are at a loss, since as far as positive law is concerned, they have nothing to go after the club with, despite the great social stir it is causing.

A police official said it seems there’s a need to crack down on the place, considering the effect it is having on social morals, but as long as there’s no prostitution, drug dealing or illegal permits, it wouldn’t be easy applying the law if it’s real couples going there.

Criminologists are divided as to whether you could punish the club’s management or visitors.

Jo Guk (cool name), a law professor at SNU, said it’s a tough matter to call and could be quite controversial. He said if everything is consensual, it would be tough to punish them for public lewdness. You might be able to get them for the minor offense of “overexposure” (“indecent exposure”?).

All Jo pointed out was that there could be a need to create a new legal article separate from current law that would punish the business owner who provided the space.

Law professor Jeon Ji-yeon of Yonsei University, however, said that even if it’s a closed space, if 10 people can see what’s happening, it should be seen as public, and even if the other guests consented to the sexual acts, the crime of public lewdness still stands, since it’s a crime that has nothing to do with the consent of the viewer.

Killjoy.

Jeon did say, however, that it’s not legally settled whether you could punish a person for aiding and abetting public lewdness, so punishing the club owner might be difficult.