Hotels in South Korea are banning kids

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As South Korea grapples with low birth rates, a growing number of hotels are introducing adults-only policies to cater to childless couples and solo travelers. This trend aims to create a tranquil atmosphere for adult guests but raises questions about inclusivity.

Several prominent hotels have implemented age restrictions in certain areas. Lotte Hotel Busan operates its outdoor pool exclusively for adults after sunset, citing evening activities "not suitable for children." L7 Haeundae in Busan restricts pool access to adults after 7 p.m., while Park Roche resort in Gangwon Province allows only guests over 16 in its indoor pool and sauna.

Douglas House at Grand Walkerhill in Seoul doesn't accommodate children under 13, stating it aims to "prioritise customers' comfort, rest and deep sleep."

Some establishments offer separate zones for different demographics. Hygge Forest in Pyeongchang divides its pools into kid, no-kid, and pet zones.

Opinions on this trend are divided. One parent expressed understanding, citing past disturbances, while another called it "discrimination."

Professor Lee Eun-hee of Inha University noted that businesses have the right to choose policies that boost sales.