Here's how to use Korean multi-rooms
You can find a multi-room just about anywhere in Seoul. You'll have the time of your life in a multi-room, but what exactly is it, you ask?
A multi-room is literally a room you rent by the hour equipped with a large flat screen television, gaming systems like Wii, and even Karaoke complete with microphones! Multi-rooms are the perfect way to pass time on a rainy day, connect with a date, sober up after a night of liquid loving or just sleep…really.
Personally speaking, multi-rooms have to be one of my most favorite places to visit in Seoul. I’ve visited a few and have yet to be disappointed with one, so let me tell you how this all works!
First thing is recognizing a multi-room on the street. Signs for them will mostly likely be written in Hangul and will read 멀티방. 멀티= Multi and 방 = Bang (bahh-ng), which means "room." So, for instance, if you get lost just ask someone for the “multi bang.” It makes life easier.
After you’ve found the spot, head inside and you will find that before you even step foot into the actual common area you’ll have to take your shoes off and place them in a locker. After that, you’ll then pay up front for the amount of hours you plan on staying. Rates can usually be found posted, and depending on the area, day of the week, (weekends cost more) and establishment, they can range from $10- $30 for 2 hours, and then afterwards if you want more time you can pay a separate fee for extra hours.
Once paid, you will be in a wonderland of entertainment. The common area has all sorts of treats like popcorn, pretzels, ice cream, slushies, and soda all included in your room rental price, so go ahead, stock up on it and go back for seconds, or thirds, if you want! You’ll have an assigned room, and once inside, the room can either be small or large depending on the establishment itself. Your room will be equipped with a large flat screen, Wii system, and a comfy leather floor couch with matching pillows. Your television is connected to the internet and is already preloaded with a movie and game library. Some establishments will also provide an actual DVD library located in the common area for you to use.
These photos were taken at the multi-bang in the Konkuk University area. I've been to this one twice and love it! The rooms are cozy and the snacks are delicious!
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I personally took these two (low quality) photos with my cell phone during my first visit to the multi-room in the Konkuk University area. This is the same multi-room establishment that features the common area in the above two photos.
Multi-rooms really come in handy if you want some alone time with your date and need a place to crash after a night out on the town. The Seoul subway system actually stops running after a certain time and it’s a great place to hang out in until the subway starts up again.
So the next time you’re in Seoul, make sure to check one out, and don’t worry, playing Wii after a night of drinking is hilarious and fun…TRUST ME.