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"PC bang", Seoul

Seoul has to be the Internet cafe capital of the world - this photo shows the entrance to one of what must be the hundreds of such places.


Known as "PC bangs" ("bang" is Korean for "room"), these are immensely popular, even in a country where well over half the homes have broadband. People go to "PC bangs" not only for general Web and e-mail access, but also for Internet gaming, a very popular pastime in Korea.


I don't remember exactly, but it's very likely that this street would have had a good number of "PC bangs" - it's not unknown to have two or three in the same building.

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Taken on August 18, 2008