17 Things Expats do in Escape Rooms in Korea

I’ve been addicted to offline escape rooms (방탈출게임) for the past few months and here’s what I’ve experienced as an expat in Seoul.


  1. Learn some new Korean words when you try to make a reservation
  2. Finally get yourself to practice making phone calls in Korean
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  3. Ask the store to see which room requires the least Korean
  4. Ask every friend that you have to see if they would be interested
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  5. Find expat friends that are equally passionate about escape rooms
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  6. Go to at least two escape rooms in one day when you find those group of friends
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  7. Find a Korean friend or an expat friend that has better Korean skills than you, so they can take on the Korean hints and clues
  8. Excavate everything in the room and wait until your friend does the puzzle that requires more Korean
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  9. Skip the story part that is written all in Korean because it’s not that important 90% of the time
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  10. Ask for the meaning of a Korean word and make sure it doesn’t count towards the hints
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  11. Learn more Korean words by solving some puzzles
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  12. Laugh because you struggle as you try to use all the Korean words you know and the staff also struggles to get out all the English they know
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  13. Finally feel useful when there is an English or math-related puzzle
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  14. Try all the digits on the lock before actually solving the puzzle
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  15. Realize the answer was correct, but the digits were not aligned perfectly, and that was the only reason the lock did not open
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  16. Scan the black light flashlight everywhere, and check again after learning the new hint
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  17. End up solving the puzzles out of order because non-Korean puzzles were easier to solve
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I’m off to do more escape rooms this weekend! Woohoo~ 😀 *trying not to think about how much I spent going to escape rooms.


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