A night out in Seoul

During my first night in Seoul, I decided to go out with my fellow ESL teachers to celebrate our first night together. We wanted to celebrate it the Korean way so we ended up going to a karaoke bar—or as what Koreans would call it, a noraebang or song room. The noraebang that we went to was called Luxury Su Noraebang in Hongdae, which is just a couple of footsteps away from Hongik University Station line 2.

From outside the building, you could see happy Koreans enjoying themselves; singing and dancing as they drank the night away with multiple bottles of soju.

From outside the building, you could see happy Koreans enjoying themselves; singing and dancing as they drank the night away with multiple bottles of soju. On our way in, we were required to take our shoes off and place them in the shoe rack. As we were doing so, all we could hear was a mix of Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time”, R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” and some random KPop song that I didn’t know the words to. My fellow teachers and I were so excited to join in the fun that some even raced their way to the room so they could sing first.

I was a bit surprised when we got to the room because it was not exactly what I was expecting. I was expecting a regular room with a not-so comfortable sofa, booze and a karaoke machine full of Korean songs I didn’t understand. I hardly expected it to look so fancy. The room was well-ventilated, the sofa was incredibly soft and comfortable, and the karaoke machine had Korean, Mandarin, English, Malay, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai and Russian songs. They even had a laminated instruction in English/Mandarin on how to use the remote.

Since we got there after 6 pm, we paid 20,000 KRW per hour, with an additional price for food and drinks because they had a different price for each time of day. From 6am – 12pm the charge is 2000 KRW per hour, from 12pm – 6pm the price is 8000 KRW per hour and from 6pm – 6am they charge 20,000 KRW per hour. I don’t exactly remember how much we spent that night because of all soju I drank, but I’m sure it was worth it. The only thing that I can recall was singing “I love Rock n’ Roll” three times in a row while eating kim chi in between each song. What a night well spent.

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