Posted by: rbbadger | July 27, 2008

The norae bang

On Friday, my co-workers and I went out to dinner.  Since there are a norae bang (노래방) in the same building, they decided to do that for an hour. 

Karaoke is a popular form of entertainment (unfortunately) in Japan and Korea, but it is not called karaoke here.  노래 (norae) means song and 방 (bang) means room.  Thus, the 노래방 is a room for singing.  You can rent a room for about an hour and sing as many songs as you like with your friends.  You can bang tamborines along as well, as they are provided.  The words are projected onto a screen by an LCD projector with a music video in the background.  Korean, Japanese, and English songs are well provided for. 

Watching the Korean teachers was great fun in itself.  I only sang one song, namely an old traditional Korean favourite, “Arirang”.  It is one of the most beautiful of Korean melodies.  It is almost like a second national anthem.  It is one of those old songs that everyone knows.  You can hear a North Korean singer performing it here:

http://kr.youtube.com/watch?v=B-pcGW0rT1g

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  1. Hi Robert!

    I was wishing that utube was a video of you singing that song! That lady was beautiful, but it would have been much nicer to see you! How fun to sing with your friends! Glad you love Korea!

    Love, Mama


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