This place may only be well known to the ‘couples of Seoul — at least it seems that way from how the vast majority of participants are comprised mostly of couples. Dark Room Episode 1, located on the 2nd basement floor of Insa-dong’s celebrated Ssamji-gil, is a fun little attraction for experiencing complete darkness. Whether you decide to go with your partner, a friend or a group of friends, you might just get a little closer to them once it’s over.
The instructor is really welcoming and might even remind you of the people who help out in Lotte World. Once all the basics are given, the room goes dark and the only comfort you will have is the shoulder of the person in front of you and the voices of your group member. At one point you might even regret this whole thing as you plunder into a light panic mode, but it really only lasts a few seconds and makes the whole experience a little bit more thrilling. One thing that is really frightening is the thought of losing your partner, so make sure you to keep together.
The missions that are given once you reach the rooms are frankly quite simple. Although trying to complete the missions in complete darkness is a little agitating (especially from knowing how simple the task is), you get to use your hands and devise a way of communicating within the group. After searching, dancing, accidentally touching someone else, folding paper and even sharing some of your deepest secrets (or just some nice words you might have been too embarrassed to say) in complete darkness, the whole 70-minute experience is over. At the end, you will be shown pictures and videos of yourself taken through night-vision security cameras, some of which you can email yourself before you leave. Out verdict? While bumping into your partner or friends in darkness, time will seriously fly.
Program is offered in Korean, English and Chinese.