South Korea’s casinos come in something of an odd scenario. While there are 14 of these and licences have been issued for three more, only one of them is actually available to South Korean citizens. All the others are restricted to foreign nationals. As South Korea isn’t, despite certain attractions, referred to as a great tourist destination, this has meant the majority of the casinos running at 10% or so of capacity.
Koreans themselves are usually inveterate gamblers and lately there has been an explosion of online casinos in the Korean language, which the Government is busily attempting to close down. There is also extensive gambling on horse racing, sometimes also bicycle racing along with other sports events, as well. But despite this enormous cultural predisposition to gambling, South Korea’s casinos are usually hampered by the fact that only one of them is allowed to let the local citizens inside.
A listing of South Korea’s Casinos includes:
Busan: Paradise Casino Busan
Cheju City: Cheju KAL Resort and Casino

Cheju Oriental Hotel and Casino
Crowne Plaza Casino Cheju
Paradise Grand Casino
The Shilla Cheju’s Casino
Incheon: Paradise Olympos Casino
Jeongseongun: Kangwon Land Vacation resort and Casino
Kyongju: Wellich Choson Resort and Casino
Samseong: Seven Luck
Seogwipo City: Hyatt Regency Cheju Casino
Lotte Hotel and Casino
Seoul: Paradise Walker-Hill Casino
Sockch’o City: Sorak Park Resort and Casino
As well as these South Korea casinos, there are also horse racing tracks in Busan, Cheju Town, and Seoul. Eight of South Korea’s casinos are located on the resort island of Chuju, as the other casinos are in the capital and larger cities.
The South Korean Government is indeed keen to limit their citizens’ ability to gamble that not merely does it, as above, try to shut down Korean language websites on the internet, it also attempts to block them from also being seen in the country. There have also been a number of attempts to create it illegal, or at the very least stop the practice of people using credits cards issued in South Korea to gamble somewhere else.
While South Korea’s casinos cannot, as above, allow the local citizens inside to play (except for the reason that one case), this won’t stop gambling from truly going on. There are myriad illegal places from coast to coast where games could be played for money. It is also true that many take the short flight to Macau, the ex-Portuguese colony, where gambling thrives. Finally, the richest ignore all of the restrictions simply by taking a plane to Las Vegas.