SUWON, June 3 (Korea Bizwire) – Have you ever dreamed of becoming the next Sherlock Holmes? Then a new trend sweeping Korea called escape rooms should be right up your alley.
Although escape rooms have been around for a while in other countries around the world, these mysterious, problem-solving enterprises have only recently picked up in popularity among Koreans.
The rooms offer various scenarios to choose from, and players are usually given an hour to solve a problem and ‘escape’ using clues scattered around the room. The price for one of these experiences is usually 40,000 won ($33) for two people.
“Players cannot leave the room until they solve the problem,” says one of the operators of an escape room. “But of course, they can give up mid-way in which case they’ll be allowed to leave. The employees will also help the players out in cases of emergency.”
However, such facilities are also raising questions regarding safety measures.
“Places like escape rooms may bring about large damages and casualties due to fire hazards,” said Lee Jae-yul, Gyeonggi Province’s chief of administration. “We plan to monitor the facilities for safety maintenance, and arrange further safety measures if we discover any structural fragility.”
By Joseph Shin (firstname.lastname@example.org)