Norebang or The crazy awesome Korean Karaoke
Strolling down into any Korean streets (especially entertainment or student district) it’s a tough chance you haven’t seen the 노래방 neon flashing sign! 노래방 or norebang literally meaning ‘song room’ aka what westerners refer as to karaoke!
Korean karaoke became popular in the 80’s and 90’s after the Karaoke machine was invented in Japan in the 70’s and its popularity hasn’t stop! In Korea karaoke is popular among all ages, even those 50 + year olds love it and still participate in it!
But there are some differences to the western style karoke
1) As previously mentioned noraebang translates to ‘song room’ and that’s exactly what it is, a single room for you and your friends to loosen up and craze up behind closed doors, where you don’t have to worry about making a fool of yourself in front of total strangers.
2) Obviously they will mostly have Korean song, but you can also find some Chinese, Japanese, English and even some German songs! So no worries, you will still be able to sing along the karaoke machine^^
3) You can order alcohol (and snacks) straight from you room! How awesome is that?! No wonder people tend to get reaaly drunk at norebangs.
4) If you really get into the music and performance each norebang is equipped with tambourines!
5) There are many different themes and styles to Norebangs in Korea. You can find a Korean style Norebang room, French style, Bar style, Luxury…
6) The prices are generally cheap but there are some expensive Norebangs around. Usually the room is rented out by the hour but some Norebangs rent out the rooms per person. An average price is about 15,000 won an hour.
Now get on that mic and show you inner diva!^^