A room, bang in Korean, is a space provided as a living quarter within a house. But, in Korea bang does not mean merely a room where we live. It also can mean a commercially-run space where you have to pay for using the room for indoor recreation. You may have noticed signs for XXBang on the streets in Korea.
Well, let me introduce you few famous Bangs in Korea.
Korean Norae Bang
The most well-known is the singing room call Norae Bang. Korean people like to sing. They often go to Norae Bangs to sing with friends after meals or drinking. Norae Bangs vary in size, but there are always several individual rooms with karaoke machines and song-books. Payment is made on an hourly basis.
Steam rooms called Jjimjin Bangs, are a very unique kind of place which you may find only in Korea. It is more than a public bathhouse with a variety of saunas and spas. They also have cable TVs, restaurants, Norae Bangs, movie rooms, fitness facilities and rooms to sleep in. So, everyone – whether man or woman, young or old – can enjoy these various facilities in the Jjimjil Bang. Upon entering, everyone is given shorts and a T-shirt to wear after bathing. These are very popular in Korea, the price is quite reasonable and they are open around the clock.
You can also find PC Bangs (Personal Computer Room) where many go to use the internet, write e-mail or kill time playing video games.
Manhwa bang is the comic book room.
DVD Bang is which you can choose the DVD you want to watch there. Mostly, it is the place for the couples. Going to the DVD Bang with same sex is not common in Korea. But you have to pay for it.
Besides these rooms, there are Meori Bangs ( 머리방 – hair dressers), Nori Bangs ( 놀이방 – playroom for kids), Bballae Bangs ( 빨래방 – laundry room), and many other ‘bangs’. As you explore Korea, you will discover many ‘Bangs’ for both entertainment and convenience.