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It derived its name eponymously from the shophouse unit which it occupied, that is, 17, along Upper Circular Road. The establishment experienced the greatest amount of dramatic incidents of any gay sauna in Singapore during its 14 years of operation. These included police raids and arrests, and the death of a businessman by hanging. However, these events also set important and progressive legal precedents in terms of gay rights. Sam Schwartzthe expatriate Jewish-American business partner and managing director of One Seven, was often spotted as a patron at Singapore's first gay sauna, Spartacuswhich was opened in by entrepreneur and impresario Max Lim.
Little did the gay community know that Schwartz would set up his own establishment a couple of years later, perhaps convinced that he could provide a better service and facilities than Lim. In the months running up to its opening, the gay scene was rife with anticipation and speculation about the newest men-only sauna and fitness club. One Seven was officially opened to the public with a special, by-invitation-only preview party held on the evening of the 12 April Invited guests who could register on the its website  enjoyed free entrance from 6pm till midnight, and received complimentary passes for their next visit when they filled out a user survey form.
With its spanking new facilities, huge floor space and discreet, well trained staff, many expected One Seven to become the Singapore scene's favourite playground. Its location also added to the convenience, sandwiched between two major bar strips, and within a few minutes' distance from many of the gay scene's favourite hangouts. Its telephone was Some of the facilities included a state-of-the-art gym with machines and free weights, open-air hydro-pool where guests could soak their aching bodies, huge the size of a bank vault steam room, many private rooms for small and large group activities, as well as a cafe to meet the guests' more mundane hungers.
They provided partygoers with a late night venue on weekends, continuously staying open from Friday afternoon all the way till Monday morning. The majority of clubs and bars in Singapore closed at 3am. One Seven One seven sauna singapore the first to have an al fresco swimming pool which later had to be covered with a canopy, as office workers in the neighbouring building could have a bird's eye view of the frequently naked men lounging around the poolside. Some of these workers were so curious that they walked by the One seven sauna singapore entrance to get a closer look at the place and wonder what else went on in it.
These office workers may have been the ones who complained to the police which led to a raid three months after the sauna opened and the arrest of two patrons for having gay sex see below. The floor above the sauna, which was formerly occupied by a bank, was acquired and renovated at great expense in which effectively doubled its cruising space.
In the early s, the upper level was relinquished to cut down on costs because patronage was waning and the sauna reverted to a single-floor One seven sauna singapore again. Nude nights were introduced from the very beginning, capitalising on their popularity ever since they were pioneered by Rairuaanother upmarket gay sauna. They started on Friday from 7pm till Saturday morning. Saturdays from 7pm to midnight were "Short Towel", and after midnight it was "Skin", derived from the label "Simply Skin", which Rairua artistically named its nude nights.
Skin nights were later christened "Go Natural" for more originality and personal branding. When the sauna expanded to two floors, they were called, "Double Go Natural". Other gay saunas also bestowed unique names upon their nude nights, like Towel Club 's " Full Moon Party ".
The following chart was published on Club One Seven's website in After successfully operating in Singapore for several years, Club One Seven opened two branches in Thailand - the first in Phuket in and the second in Chiangmai in It is the perfect base for exploring the many charms and activities available in Phuket. It has everything travellers would desire in a vacation, from pure comfort and relaxation to One seven sauna singapore adventures and lively nightlife. Hailed by former guests as a "home away from home"Club One Seven Phuket is gay-owned and gay-managed.
All are welcome to this LGBT oriented accommodation, as long as they are gay-friendly. It is ideally positioned as a refuge and a base from which to discover the riches of Northern Thailand. The sauna experienced three main police raids during its almost one-and-a-half decades of operation.
On 19 Novembera 48 year-old businessman, Yeo Hung Songwas found naked and hanged in one of the rooms at One Seven . Graphics used in The New Paper 's report on the incident. The New Paperwhich reported on the incident, noted that from the outside, the club would One seven sauna singapore attract many second glances.
With its sedate colour palette of grey and brown, embellished only by its name on the door, it might have been considered a classy establishment.
The police investigating officer Siaw Kah Swee who was ased the case mentioned, "Club One Seven One seven sauna singapore a two-storey sleazy gay pub meant only for registered patrons". Siaw discovered that its One seven sauna singapore level had a spa and a cafe while the upper level had common shower facilities and a myriad of small rooms.
Many of the rooms had all-around mirrors, a single mattress, a toilet paper dispenser and a holder for lubricant and condoms. Several had themed furnishings, with erotic apparel for BDSM bondage, discipline and sadomasochism practices. Siaw's findings on the club were part of his investigation report for the coroner 's inquiry into Yeo's death which commenced the following day, on Tuesday, 20 November The coroner's case was heard in court the following year, on 25 September Closed-circuit television footage from a neighbouring law firm showed the deceaseo arriving at the club alone on a motorcycle at around 2.
He then used the facilities before entering Room 5, which featured a saddle bench with wooden legs and a 2m-tall metal frame that had metal chains dangling from each corner. At pm, cleaner Asrin Ali45, knocked on the door of the locked cubicle but got no response. He summoned his supervisor, who climbed a ladder and peeped through a gap between the 2m-high wall and the ceiling. They managed to unlatch the door catch with a metal bar from an opening above and entered the pitch black room with the help of an iPhone flashlight.
They then saw Yeo's naked body, with knees bent, hanging from a metal chain around his neck. The chain was part of a group of four attached to the top corners of a rectangular metal frame. A bottle of a yellow liquid labelled Rush Ultra Stronga sex-enhancing liquid incense, sat on top of a short saddle-bench.
Tests by the Health Sciences Authority showed that it was meant to be inhaled for its aphrodisiac and euphoric qualities, although Yeo had not used it. There were no s of a struggle or any other visible injury on him. A locker key belonging to Yeo was strapped to his right upper arm and his clothes were kept in the locker. A soiled towel which was later found to be stained with his semen lay on the floor.
The staff then called the police. No traces of anyone else's DNA were found on Yeo's body except his hands. Investigating Officer Siaw Kah Swee said this could have come about when Yeo touched items in the room.
The inquiry heard that Club One Seven consisted of a gym, a cafe and about 40 cubicles spread over two floors in Upper Circular Road. Yeo, a partner of a restaurant on Thomson Roadwas a regular patron, visiting the club one to two times a week. State Coroner Imran Abdul Hamid testified that Yeo could have been practising auto- erotic asphyxiationwhich involved starving the brain of oxygen to increase sexual arousal. An autopsy revealed that a small amount of substance, usually used to treat insomnia, was found in his blood, but it did not have any bearing on Yeo's death.
The coroner added that suicide was also a possibility as the 48 year-old restaurant boss, who was not married, suffered from depression and was One seven sauna singapore to have harboured suicidal tendencies. Yeo had told a friend two weeks before his death that he wanted to commit suicide but did not pen any suicide note. The director of the club, Harvey Morton Schwartzbetter known as Sam Schwartz78, told investigators that Yeo had been a member since and was a frequent visitor. At the time, there were at least 6 gay saunas in Singapore. Police investigations revealed that Yeo had begun to show s of depression after one of his pet dogs, Kokodied on Vesak Day in His depression worsened after the death of his father in Malaysia in August One seven sauna singapore friends and family observed that his behaviour had started to change.
During his father's wake, Yeo was visibly upset. His sister, Yeo Kah Choo60, noticed that he kept looking at their father's photograph throughout the night and was very quiet. He had told her he was suffering from piles and was taking medication, but had postponed an operation to fix the problem because of their father's death.
Yeo also told her about his feelings towards his dead dog. She believed he could have killed himself as he was unhappy over the loss of his loved ones. Yeo's older brother, Yeo Han Ming, 57, described his brother as a lonely person who seldom spoke to people. Two weeks before his death, Yeo showed Tan a photo of himself on his mobile phone and told him to use it for his funeral. A friend, Loh Ken Hong53, said that when they spoke in OctoberYeo was tearing up and very emotional over his father's death.
There were, however, no medical records to One seven sauna singapore that he Yeo suffered from depression. The court finally ruled that Yeo's death was caused by hanging. Yeo left two brothers and a sister. They were not present at the hearing. Inthe nude body of former movie star David Carradine72, was found in a Bangkok hotel with a rope around his neck and genitals. The Thai authorities believed he may have died in a similar sex act.
Upon Yeo's demise inhis brother, Yeo Hang Mingbecame the administrator of his estate and Tan sued the brother to reclaim the money he had lent or advanced to the deceased. In his defence, Yeo said his brother had worked as an electrician and operated a cooked food stall in Paya Lebar. His brother got to know Tan at the pharmacy where the latter worked when he was buying medicine there.
In his statement of claim, Tan said he had employed Yeo as a kitchen helper One seven sauna singapore and that the latter had begun living with him because he had little money. InYeo decided he wanted to buy One seven sauna singapore flat for himself and sought financial help from Tan. However, Yeo was still unable to raise enough funds. However, Yeo said his brother had never mentioned working as a kitchen helper or living with Tan.
He said the deceased had led a simple life and that he would have accumulated enough savings to purchase the Hougang flat and car. Tan, a bespectacled divorcee, told reporters on Tuesday 16 December he had wanted to will his CPF savings and the flat to Yeo as the former had no family. Yeo was not present at the court hearing on 16 December One Seven closed in early and its premises were taken over by the management of Keyboxanother gay sauna. One Seven's founder, Sam Schwartzdecided to move on to other gay-related businesses, as he had proven his point that an entrepreneur could start and run a sauna in Singapore for gentlemen with sex on the premises without too much objection from the authorities.
As other business owners ed in, he decided to terminate the venture because profit was not his primary objective anyway. This wiki.
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