Noraebang – A signing room in Korea

What’s a noraebang?

A favorite place to spend time with friends and family is the “noraebang” (노래 – song ë°© – room), which is similar to the KTV’s one can find in the happening places of Manila and other cities in the Philippines. In Korea, there’s one in almost every city street specially here in Seoul. Rates are on an hourly basis, about 20,000 KRW ($20) with free cans of soda. There are thousands of songs to choose from in the thick music directory. Majority of the songs are in Korean and some English but if you’re lucky, you can find Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino songs as well.
Surprisingly, you can find Freddie Aguilar’s world famous song “Anak” in the English song directory. It was a very popular song and a lot of Koreans in their 40’s recognize it. My husband even thought that it’s originally a Korean song.
One of the things that I like about noraebangs is that they’re spacious but sometimes their decor are either outrageous or cheesy. Tacky. And if you’re unlucky, they can also smell (of beer and old men). Hehe…
It’s better to go to the noraebang that the younger generation patronizes. Visiting Korea wouldn’t be complete without dropping by to this place. They’re not really expensive plus it’s guaranteed fun for the whole gang.
After an hour of singing and belting out to songs, you are usually given extra minutes between 15 to 20. They call it “service” or more like freebie.

Noraebang with Pinay friends
April 23, somewhere near Gunja station, Karen and Shiela, Zoe, Anna Banana

So here we are singing our hearts out to familiar songs. And no, I don’t really sing. I’m probably one of the few Filipinos who can’t. I love to sing but ~ at least my friends make the money we pay for the noraebang worthy.

  1. I don’t know if it also happens in Seoul, but in my place, when there are few customers, they just reset and reset the clock. So even if you pay for only one hour, you end up singing for 2 hours or even longer.

  2. ^^ hi altair! yup, it happens here too. When there are lots of customers they give you 20 minutes more, but if there are few they give you 20 minutes at fist and just keep on adding 10 minutes everytime your time remaining is less than 5 minutes. Minsan nga napapasarap, kahit 1 hour na yung free time, lalabas sa room and ask for a few more minutes without paying (syemps pakyut muna… hahaha) bigyan ulit kami 20 minutes 😀

  3. excuse me…at first pala yun.
    nyway, watch nyo MBC tonight 11pm Daniel Henney will be in the Philippines! (! ëŠ?낌표) “noo-kim-ppyo” program. Read my blog for more. =) (naks may free advertisement pa…hahahaha)

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