We all know that Korea is a haven for gaming enthusiasts. There is hardly anyone who lives here who is unfamiliar with internet cafes (PC bang). A place where you can browse the internet, do your assignments, play games while ordering and enjoying your favorite food for as long as you want (with the highest internet speed in the world!). But did you know that Korea also provides PC bang hotels? Is this the first time you’ve heard of the term? Just like the name suggests, it is a hotel room that provides advanced PC gaming set-up just like in a PC bang. Want to find out more?
Online Gaming Culture in Korea
First of all, you may be curious why online gaming in Korea has become such a hit. Personally, I find it fascinating because not many people in my country are a fan of online gaming. There are many explanations for this, such as high accessibility to fast internet speed, the prevalence of PC cafes since 1998, and how Koreans like to socialize and bond together (through playing games in groups). Some Korean top gamers include Faker (Lee Sang Hyeok), Duke (Lee Ho Seong), and Wolf (Lee Jae Wan).
The PC bang provides a place for friends to hang out and enjoy a fun game. You would usually find that a lot of people visit PC bangs with school friends or colleagues. It’s a nice way to bond by challenging yourself with friends in a fun, competitive game. It’s also common to compare your game ranking. Online role-playing (MMORPG) games are especially common, too. It is a type of online game with avatar-represented characters. Games are designed so that players can strategize, follow orders and march in groups.
Popular online games include World of Warcraft, Starcraft, LOL, and many others. For any gamer, a PC room would be a haven. Most popular online games are already installed on computers. There is also a variety of offline games you can choose from. Apart from games, basic software programs that let you type documents or watch movies are also available.
Regular PC Bang VS PC Bang Hotel
You’ll spot PC bangs almost everywhere, especially around the university area. Think of Sinchon or Hongdae and how lively the area is with young people! For only 1000 won per hour, you can play online games, do your assignments, or watch your favorite movies.
When you first enter a PC bang, you have to create an ID. You can give your basic information, select the time and pay accordingly. If you don’t understand Korean, you can ask the staff for assistance as they will know some basic English.
Interestingly, you can also order meals here. The menu ranges from light snacks, ramyeon (Korean instant noodles), and drinks. Some places will bring your order to your seat, while in others, you have to get them yourself. Either way, isn’t it awesome enough that you can have your tummy filled while playing games at the same time?
Since COVID-19 got worse last year in Korea, most PC Bangs closed down. Then the concept of PC bang hotel started getting popular. You can sleep here and use the PC comfortably with fewer people around. Just like in a hotel, bathroom facilities are usually provided. So, you can play games, eat, sleep and repeat the whole day. Another great way to relieve stress!
To find a PC near bang near you, you can look up ‘PC bang/PC방’ or ‘PC bang hotel/PC방 호텔’. This can be done easily on Google or Naver. Below, I’ve listed up some of PC bang hotels that have a good review. Make sure to check them out to enjoy a fun game for one hour or two (or days!)
PC Bang Hotel Recommendations
Sillim Donki Hotel
This is a budget-friendly hotel located at Silim. Yet, the facilities provided are quite good and definitely worth the price. There are a lot of positive guest reviews such as “fast PC”, “great quality graphics” and “gives occasional promotion coupons”. Below is some of the information:
Think of 5-star-hotel meets PC bang. This is what you can expect at Mayfield Hotel, Gangseo-gu. This hotel has collaborated with a gaming company, MSI, and has rooms that provide advanced gaming setups. However, They haven’t made a big marketing campaign to promote this yet and plan to keep the concept room available only until 2021. If the guest response is good, they plan to keep the concept room open for the years to come. Here’s the information:
H HOTEL Jong-ro
This is another budget-friendly hotel located at Jong-ro. Here’s the information: