Pick Your Korean Pleasure (or pain): Going to the 노래방

Pick Your Korean Pleasure (or pain): Going to the 노래방

January 16, 20125964Views

By Jen Lee

I won’t lie, that last panel was fun to draw.

Anyways, let’s all just try and ignore the fact that I’ve enjoyed the fine art of karaoke for a very VERY long time. If anything, this comic is more of a representation of many people I’ve met out here in Korea. At first, they seem hesitant and even outright against the whole idea of singing in front of other people. After you give them a good half hour or so with that ridiculously large book (which is difficult to share, depending on who you’re with), they’ll eventually find something that’s worth putting their fears and shame aside for.

I’m curious to know what that special song is for everyone else? I know it’s difficult to read, but cool points go to anyone who can guess the special song in this comic is!

Also, for anyone who doesn’t know…

노래방 = Karaoke

It literally translates into “song room,” but you get the idea.

Jen Lee is a Gyopo (교포) who likes to draw and also has an unhealthy obsession with green tea.

Her other artwork can be seen here at and at



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