Hi everyone, today I am going to talk about the various entertainment cafes that are in Korea. While the ones I will specify are near Yonsei University which is next to Sinchon Station, the same ideas apply to all the various cafes in different locations as well. In this blog I plan to highlight PC cafes and board game cafes, as these were the ones I spent most of my time in while abroad. There are other entertainment cafes like animal and themed cafes though, Some of these are better for groups of people while others you can visit by yourself.
Between Ewha Station and Sinchon Station is this amazing PC café called Gen G. I would go here very often when I was abroad since I love playing video games and my laptop is unable to support the games on my account. Playing video games was also a way for me to destress and with the café being open 24/7, I was able to stop in whenever and play as much as I wanted. The one thing I loved about this PC café in particular is how friendly and helpful the staff are. When I first came to Gen G, it was my first ever time at a PC café and I did not know what to do or where to start. I also could not speak Korean so trying to sign up for and figure out everything myself was a bit of a challenge. However, the staff were really helpful and understanding and even though she could not speak much English, she helped get me settled with the ability she had. When going to this or any PC café, the first thing you need to do is make an account with them. This is done by sitting at any computer you like and clicking the yellow words that say create an account (using Google Translate is very useful here). After you click the button, it will take you to a page that asks for your username, password, phone number, etc. Then you hit submit and now you have successfully created an account. The next thing that needs to be done is to add hours/time to your account so you can play. This is done by visiting the computer screen near the front desk. Here there are many different time options such as an hour and thirty minutes to over ten hours. If you are unable to use all your hours in one session, that is okay as the hours carry over and remain on your account until you use them. Once you select a time to add it will ask for your username and then you just pay for it. Now you may return to your computer, log in, and start playing. Another great thing about the PC café is their food selection. They offer a wide range of options from fries and cheese sticks to ramen and full-blown meals. All of the food items are tasty so do not hesitate to try them!
Board Game Café
As you walk around Sinchon Station, you will notice a lot of board game cafes in the area. The most notable and popular one is Red Button. Red Button is a chain of board game cafes that can be found in many different locations in and around Seoul. The best thing about Red Button is their varied selection of board games. All the games are ranked based on their difficulty and include classics like Monopoly along with more complex games like Wingspan. This means that you will be able to find a game that everyone will enjoy. All the games also have stickers on them that include the length of time it takes to complete the game and the number of players it supports in both English and Korean. While the board games themselves are in Korean along with the instructions and video tutorials, it is not hard to find the rules online or on YouTube making it possible for you to try new games as well. One thing to keep in mind about board game cafes is that they charge by the hour, typically ₩2000, and each person is required to buy a drink or snack. Also, I advise you to come with at least one other person as most of the games here are multiplayer and it is not really worth it to go alone.