Norebang is literally translated as “Song Room.” Norebangs are ubiquitous to Korean culture and one of the most popular pastimes of Koreans both old and young alike.
Whether it’s as part of a late night company outing, a night out on the town with friends, or even a solo trip to get some practice in, Koreans can’t get enough of belting out a few tunes at a norebang.
Norebangs can literally be found anywhere. Whether you are strolling a popular late-night area or just a random neighborhood, it’s hard to walk more than a couple of hundred meters without seeing a norebang. Just look for a shiny neon light that reads “노래방.”
How To Use
When you walk into a norebang, you tell the employee at the front desk how many hours you would like to rent a room. You pay up front and then will sent to a numbered room.
There will be a book filled with songs. Enter the number of the song you want to sing into the machine remote control.
Your time is automatically metered by the machine in your room. Once your time is up, an employee will come in and ask if you want to add any additional time.
Most norebangs serve alcohol and food. Prices can vary. The food at norebangs are generally just snacks/ If you don’t feel like eating the food at the norebang, most places will actually let you order food delivery from nearby restaurants.
Prices vary. Norebangs generally rent out rooms by the hour. On average, you will pay about 20,000 to 30,000KRW ($18 to $27) per hour. The rates will generally be determined by how nice the establishment is.
Hours vary. Many places operate 24 hours a day 365 days a year. For those that do not operate 24 hours, they generally open at around 9:00 to 10:00am and close at around 3:00 to 5:00pm.