Bringing the learning home (Australian Learning & Teaching Council)

Multi Rooms!

Hey,

Im studying in Korea and one of the best things to do with a small group of freinds is visit a multi room. Its a room where you use a Giant TV to an play computer games, nintendo wii games, watch movies, or sing some karoke all in the one place!

But the one thing that takes you by surprise in Korea is how beautiful they make some of these places.  Internet cafes desks look like works of art. This hallway for example is just at a multiroom. A bit snazzy to do some karoke or play nintendo.

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8 responses

  1. tonialeannegray

    Hi Ray — what the….? This looks so upmarket and ritzy!!!! Something like a 5* motel back home. Obviously overt opulence is important at these joints? Beats anything back in Oz. Tonia

    October 5, 2010 at 4:53 am

  2. Jan Gothard

    Gorgeous photo! why do you think they go to all this trouble? I’m guessing it is because people’s homes are smaller on the whole so people go out to use these kinds of facilities with their friends? Not like us in Oz with our swimming pools, our own pool tables, our own theatre rooms (well none of the above at my place, but I know some of these things are becoming more normal).. So beautiful though.

    Jan

    October 5, 2010 at 4:57 am

  3. Kristian

    Im not quite sure. From what I have seen so far of Korea everything seems to be done to the extreme. One internet cafe can be a seedy place full of older men and smoke so thick you cant even see, while another is full of young kids and the desks and and chairs are far better then anything you would see at home and they will order food for you from close by restaurants to eat while you use the computer.

    Dodgy looking pubs will serve drinks at higher prices then the more stylish places. My friends apartments I have been to are not to small and quite comfortable. They dont contain much facilities but everything is close by.

    Another thing that is different here is the drinking culture. When I was over at my Korean friends house his mother and her friend were drinking at 10 pm before going out (similar to us). On the same night his father didnt come home from work and then stumbled home at 8 am.

    When you drinking with your friends you usually drink 10 shots of vodka (males and female) downed with at least two or three pints of beer. Drinking double that is common and mixing beer and vodka together is done for a cocktail in drinking games.

    October 5, 2010 at 5:26 am

    • I couldn’t stop laughing reading this comment, Ray. It sounds like a recipe for constant alcohol poisoning to me. And I can only imagine what my family would think if I came staggering home, sauced, at 8 am! Amazing how what makes sense in one place seems so outrageous in another. Do they have any discussion in the media or the like of alcohol-related issues at all, or is this just fine with everyone?

      October 5, 2010 at 5:31 am

  4. Kristian

    I have discussed it with my friends and they said the majority of the population over here doesn’t see it a health or a mental health problem. I live close to two different nightlife area’s and the amount of zombie like businessmen you see is amazing. As well as the people passed out on the streets everywhere. In a fifteen minute walk from my house there would be at least 100-200 pubs. If not more.

    Convenience stores sell Soju, the main korean alcohol for a little over or a little less then an australian dollar. Its about seven standard drinks. Luckily the coffee culture here is getting really big so my korean friends prefer to drink coffee over soju on weeknights.

    October 5, 2010 at 5:46 am

  5. tonialeannegray

    Hi Kristian —

    You have painted a really amazing picture — the volume of pubs in such a small distance is mind-boggling.

    Not to mention one beverage (which is the equivalent of 7 standard drinks) for the meager price of $1. Incredible.

    Keep the comments coming .. love them!

    November 6, 2010 at 8:58 am

  6. Kristian

    Most people believe that its cheap because its pure ethanol from factories mixed with sugary water. I guess its a good way to get rid of your ethanol byproduct by taking it to a brewery to be recycled…

    November 8, 2010 at 11:50 am

  7. tonialeannegray

    Haha … what an interesting way to recycle …

    November 8, 2010 at 7:35 pm

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