Sometimes you just need to get out of the house. Especially in Seoul.
In a world where small apartments are a fact of life, rentable rooms offer a unique solution to shack-whacky symptoms. In Korean, these spaces are known as a 방 (bahng) or room. Not to be confused with 빵 (bbahng) which is the Korean word for bread. These rental rooms are relatively cheap and offer amenities such as projector screens for private video showings (DVD Bangs), lightning fast computers with mind-boggling internet connections (PC Bangs), video game consoles (Wii Bangs, or any other game system on the market). And of course, there’s the multi-bang, which incorporates all of the above in one setting.
When the rainy season began this year, we found ourselves heading toward a particular Wii Bang in Hongdae to get out of the apartment while hiding from the rain. This particular location offers free popcorn and ice cream, has a small snack bar to buy other munchies. The total cost is 20,000KRW per hour ($17.69 USD) for a two-hour session of Wii, or even less if you just want to watch movies on a large projector.
Of course you can’t talk about Korean specialty rooms without mentioning the kiss bang where you can rent a private room and make out with girl who is provided with the room rental. And yes, you’re reading that correctly. But that’s a topic for another day.