This is disappointing. And kinda stupid:

A wilderness area in Korea where one can stroll naked along with strangers might have been the image that came across the mind of most people when they heard that a provincial county had opened a “nude forest retreat” last weekend.

The opening in Jangheung County, South Jeolla Province, made many headlines, sparking much curiosity among the public.

Though days have passed since the grand opening no one has yet to wander around in the buff. Everyone knows it as a park for nudists, but officials from the county say it wasn’t intended to be promoted as a “nude forest camp,” blaming the media for much-hyped “misperception.’’

“Its official name is Vivi Ecotopia, rather than a nude forest retreat” said Park Kwang-ho, an official from the county said, adding “vivi” was taken from the English word “vivid.”

Two strikes — one for not going with the nude thing, and two for choosing a stupid English name. Even in Jangheung, you can find an English-speaker to run these name ideas past, no?

Anyway, the mayor of reportedly wanted to allow people to go naked in the forest, but backed off due to public protest:

Religious groups resisted and residents denounced the plan, arguing it will violate public morals.

“It’s unthinkable to have a nudist camp here,” said Kim Jeong-real, a priest at the Jangheung Central Church. “We think it’s ethically wrong and it only damages the good reputation of Jangheung, famous as a home for scholars and beautiful nature.”

Leaving aside for now the question of whether Jangheung has a reputation to damage, how would having closed-off, sexually segregated sections of forest in which people could lounge around naked differ from, say, the nocheontang section of your average oncheon?