No trip to South Korea is complete without trying one of their famous noraebangs. A ‘noraebang’ literally translates to singing room which is exactly what it is: your own personal karaoke room. Typically a noraebang will have a television, some tambourines, and a couple of mics for you and your friends to sing into. You can also order food and drinks of varying quality but we decided to make the selection process easier by giving you a list of the top noraebangs to sing at in Seoul.
Luxury Su Noraebang – Hongdae
If you wander over to the area called Hongdae which is known for being populated by students, restaurants, and trendy clothing shops then you have undoubtedly passed the giant clear windowed building which features row upon row of singing rooms. As you gaze up at it you can see groups of people singing away in brightly lit loft-style rooms with see-through floors, and pulsing rainbows of lights. If you are looking to while away a few hours singing before hitting one of the other many bars in the area this is a good way to start or finish your night. It is open 24 hours a day.
Sweiri Noraebang – Seodaemun-gu
This one is all about themes. Each of the rooms you can rent has a different theme like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Ancient Egypt and many more. When you show up you can see what is available and what theme you want. Most of the rooms also have beds so if you get tired you can have a lay down if you have been singing for hours. Usually, you end up at a noraebang for at least two hours. Also, this one, in particular, makes for some great photos as there are all sorts of odd statues and wacky murals to pose in front of.
This is actually a new type of noraebang which has become very popular near the universities. You put in 1,000 won which is about $1 USD and you get to sing three to four songs. You do not need to rent a room by the hour the way you do in the other ones which means you can pretty much leave whenever you want without losing any money. However, these tend to not be quite as luxurious as others and are more for college students to just sing a few songs if they have some time to kill. Happy singing!