Experiences Involving Alcohol in South Korea
These information pages can help you get started in learning about some of the laws and registration requirements that may apply to your experiences on Airbnb. These pages include summaries of some of the rules that may apply to different sorts of activities, and contain links to government resources that you may find helpful.
Please understand that these information pages are not comprehensive, and are not legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you or your Experience, we encourage you to check with official sources or seek legal advice.
Please note that we don’t update this information in real time, so you should confirm that the laws or procedures have not changed recently.*
I plan to serve or provide alcohol as part of my experience - do I need any licenses for that?
Yes. If you provide alcohol yourself as an experience for your guests and charge for that experience (as opposed to taking your guests to a local bar), that would be considered an alcohol sales business, and you may be required to obtain a license under the Liquor Tax Act.
Serving alcohol to your guests (unless you’re taking them to your favorite local bar) is generally a tricky area though, so we encourage you to check with your local Tax Office or speak to your lawyer to make sure you are following the laws.
What if my experience takes place at a bar?
You would be unlikely to run afoul of regulations if you invite your guests to your favorite local bars that are licensed under the Liquor Tax Act.
What if my experience is BYOB, and I want to allow guests to bring their own alcohol?
If your experience is in your private home and it is not open to the general public, then hosting a BYOB experience may not require a license under the Liquor Tax Act. You should always check with your local Tax Office or consult your lawyer to make sure this is the case.
What if my experience involves home brewed beer or sake, what do I need to keep in mind?
In Korea, if you have no license under the Liquor Tax Act, home-brewing is prohibited in general.
Home-brewing is generally a tricky area so we encourage you to check with your local Tax Office or speak to your lawyer to make sure you are following the laws.
If my experience involves alcohol, do I need to watch out for anything else?
Yes, you should ensure that all guests are of legal drinking age (currently 19 and over). You should be aware of potential criminal offences for failure to comply with these requirements, which may include imprisonment and financial penalties.
Is there anything else I should think about?
If your experience will involve combining alcohol with another activity (for example, serving or providing food or a guided tour of the city), please take a look at our other information sections to work out if any other rules might apply to your activity.
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