I love going to noraebang (노래방). If you aren’t familiar, you may know it better as karaoke. In the U.S. we have karaoke nights at bars. Which means you have to get up in front of everyone at the bar and sing. Not that good if you’re the shy type. I prefer what Japan and Korea have – businesses that have singing rooms that you can use for an hour or so.
Usually when I’d want to go I’d get go with a group of friends. Sometimes it’s hard to get everyone to agree to go out. Or maybe you don’t want to sing for that long. That’s why noraebang booths are awesome.
In many game arcades you’ll see a few of these booths lined up. You can fit 2 people comfortably, sometimes 3. You can pay 300 won for 1 song, 500 won for 2 songs, or 1,000 won for 4 songs. Then it’s time to rock!
The remote isn’t always easy to figure out if you’re not familiar with Korean yet. So I went through the basics in my video for how to pick out a song. Here’s a few words you should know:
제목 – [song] title
가수 – singer
These are how you find the song you want. From there you type in the words. You can go between Korean and English by pressing the button that says “한/영”.
시작 – start
예약 – reserve [a song]
최소 – cancel
Once you find the song you want you press one of the above buttons.
You can also change what country’s song you want by pressing 국가. There’s Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese. Sometimes you can find Vietnamese or Thai.
There’s also other buttons like the Top 100 songs, changing the tempo (템포), key, or skip interludes. I usually just use the basic function buttons.
Now you can sing your little hearts out!