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Play friendly
Grab a group and head to Nolluwa Multibang in Gangnam for some quality cross-platform gaming. Each bang (or room, in Korean) is equipped with a variety of consoles, from Nintendo’s Wii and Sony’s PlayStation to the latest 3-D video games, as well as roomy sofas and large flat-screen TVs. Feeling hungry? The complimentary treats at the pink-and-green themed snack bar will keep you fuelled for hours.

619-5 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu
82-70-8611-4018
 

Get serious
With three floors of cubicles, each featuring top-of-the-line computers, comfortable leather swivel chairs and lightning-fast Internet, Lohas PC Bang is where the city’s serious gamers exercise their digits with quick-fire keyboard strokes in online multiplayer games like StarCraft. If you’re up for the challenge, take a seat and start playing. But beware: This isn’t a place for newbies.

400-15 Jungnim-dong, Jung-gu
82-2-312-6907
 

Cheer on the pros
Experience what South Korean professional video gaming is all about at Yongsan’s first-of-its-kind E-Sports Stadium. Sit back and watch sponsored pro gamers play online multiplayer games in glass “game boxes” on stage, accompanied by live commentary. After the show, check out the Stadium’s Hall of Fame, which features the golden handprints of pro gamers who’ve won more than 100 titles in the immensely popular StarCraft League.

40-999 Hangangno 3-ga, Yongsan-gu
82-2-2012-0101
 
Gear up

Head over to the nearby Yongsan Electronics Market to pick up some of the latest video gaming gadgets and games. Made up of over 20 buildings and 3,000 stores, South Korea’s largest electronics market stocks novelty items like Hello Kitty GPS units, retro arcade games and robotic dogs along with top-of-the-line laptops, digital cameras and cellphones.

125 Cheonpa-ro, Yongsan-gu
82-2-2199-7250
 

Unwind, or keep playing
Seven stories high, Dragon Hill Spa is a modern take on the jjimjilbang, a traditional Korean bathhouse. While men and women de-stress in their respective pools and saunas, all come together to compete in the PC room, the arcade and on the putting green. Open 24 hours a day, it’s a prime spot for relaxing as well as after-hours gaming.

40-713 Hangangno 3-ga, Yongsan-gu
82-2-797-0002

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