Ready to embark on an adventure to Seoul, South Korea without an air ticket? Fasten your seatbelts—or should I say, put on your hanboks—because we are about to dive into the hottest South Korean-inspired hangouts in Singapore’s Somerset that’ll have you saying “Annyeonghaseyo” before you know it!
Whether you’re looking for an authentic Korean experience or is a Korean looking for a home away from home, here are our top places in Somerset to catch a glimpse of Seoul, South Korea!
1. Kommune: Korean Karaoke & Multi-Gaming Concept
A digital wonderland designed for all to kindle with their loved ones, Kommune by 82Soho is a one-stop, multi-activity venue with Korean Karaoke (yes, the ones you see in K-Dramas!), Console Gaming, Board Games, and PC Gaming from just $2.50/pax!
Equipped with karaoke systems flown in directly from South Korea’s biggest karaoke company, TJ Media, you will—literally—feel as though you’ve been transported to any one of Korea’s ‘노래방’ (Pronounced ‘Noraebang’), which means ‘singing room’ in Korean. And no, not all are Korean songs so rest assured that you can still sing your favorite hits by Taylor Swift or Jay Chou!
More of a console gaming enthusiast? Fret not because Kommune has got you covered! Boasting Singapore’s largest selection of PlayStation games for the public with 40 titles and counting, we know you’ll definitely be gaming your heart out in their cool PlayStation 5 private rooms.
But that’s not all! The cosy multi-entertainment venue also offers an impressive total of over 80 board game titles with everything from easygoing party games to mind-bending challenges. Sounds like paradise for board game lovers isn’t it?
So if you’re all about having a good time, Kommune by 82Soho is where the action’s at!
2. Tigress: Korean-Western Fusion Food, Cocktails Inspired by Iconic Destinations of South Korea
Hungry after an intense singing and gaming session in Kommune? Step into Tigress next door, where the allure of the Korean Peninsula comes alive through an innovative blend of flavours and experiences!
An urban jungle offering a unique Korean-Western fusion culinary experience, treat yourself to their delectable executive lunch sets on Weekdays and brunch delights on Weekends, all against a lush backdrop of greenery. As night descends, Tigress comes alive in the form of a vibrant Korean cocktail and billiards bar, boasting an exciting selection of wines, spirits, and cocktails for you to choose from!
With signature cocktails inspired by the iconic destinations of South Korea such as the Han River, 38th Parallel, Busan & Jeju Island, the cocktail bar invites you on a sensory adventure through the fauna and flora of the Korean peninsula—all within the comforts of their botanical-themed space.
More than just food and cocktails, the bar is also fully furnished with three tournament-grade pocket pool tables and an exclusive table for ‘사구’ (Pronounced ‘Sa-Gu’) or Korean 4-Ball Carom Billiards—Singapore’s only billiards hall to try this unique variation!
Psst…word has it that they hold tournaments on a Sunday every month so check out their post here for more details!
3. Walking On Sunshine: Korean Hair Salon & Cafe
A 5-minute walk from the two brands of 82 Social House (or 82Soho), pamper yourself to a hallyu makeover by Walking On Sunshine’s team of experienced stylists! From hair styling and hair treatments to Korean make-up services, trust us when we say that this hair salon will be your next go-to for some serious pampering
Doubling up as a cafe serving your usual fare of aromatic brews and delightful cafe treats such as the highly popular kroffles (a crossover of croissants and waffles), Walking On Sunshine also offers dishes such as salads, pasta, and pizzas!
What’s better than being able to get your hair done while satisfying your hunger all in one place right? Plus, we promise you’ll also love their Instagrammable interior of lush greenery!
4. K-Bowling Club: Inspired by Seoul’s Neon Bowling Alleys
Transport yourself to the neon bowling alleys in Seoul’s Hongdae with K-Bowling Club, a neon-lit bowling alley open till 1am daily—perfect for night owls!
Dubbed Singapore’s first cosmic bowling venue fully decked with neon lights, K-pop music videos playing on massive screens, and the latest hits pumping through the speakers, you simply can’t deny that K-Bowling Club is easily one of the hottest bowling alleys in town.
And guess what? It doesn’t just stop there! The neon-lit bowling alley also offers a row of dart machines and retro arcade machines where you can challenge your pals to the good ol’ classics of Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Puzzle Bobble.
But if you prefer basketball to everything else above, they’ve got a basketball arcade machine to show off your hoop-shooting skills!
P.S. If you’re feeling lucky, you can also try your hand at their claw machines.
5. Koryo Mart: Korean Snacks, Food, Products and More!
Taking a break from the thrilling activities? Stock up your shelves with all things Korean from Koryo Mart! A treasure trove for K-culture aficionados, you’ll find everything you need to satisfy your K-cravings—mouthwatering snacks such as the 꼬복칩 (Pronounced ‘Kko-Bok-Chib’) or Turtle Chips (we don’t mean it literally), Kimchi, a myriad of instant noodles, and more.
As if the Korean snacks and food aren’t enough, Koryo Mart also sells a selection of home products you can find in a typical Korean household such as the iconic gold ramen pot you see in K-Dramas!
Though seemingly diminutive at first glance, we just can’t get enough of this K-mart because strolling through its aisles makes us feel like we are physically present in Seoul Station’s Lotte Mart—minus its roominess of course.
6. Am I Addicted: Korean Pottery Studio in Orchard Central
First-timers or not, be prepared to get your hands dirty at Am I Addicted, a Korean pottery studio tucked away in the heart of Orchard Central! This stress-relieving, therapeutic, and family-friendly activity unleashes not just your creativity, but also helps to improve your motor skills such as hand-eye coordination.
Reminiscent of South Korea’s Icheon Ceramic Village, which produces the nation’s highest quality of traditional Korean ceramics, have a go at making a ceramic piece of your own at Am I Addicted’s 10,000 sq ft studio!
Hosting classes daily, Am I Addicted’s wheel-throwing classes start from $55/pax, and hand-building classes from $80/pax.
7. Kimchi Dining: Authentic Korean Restaurant
You wouldn’t want to miss out on this one because Kimchi Dining has got everything— mouthwatering Korean dishes, a stunning interior, and the perfect view of Orchard Road!
With natural sunlight gazing through their floor-to-ceiling windows and a touch of greenery in every corner, it’s as though you’ve been transported to South Korea’s ‘식물관 PH’ (Pronounced ‘Sik-Mul-Gwan’) or Botanical Garden PH, a cafe and exhibition space located in Seoul, Gangnam.
Kimchi Dining’s striking interior is not all it offers. The Korean restaurant also serves authentic Korean dishes such as Jeju Pork Noodles, Myeongran Bibimbap, and Pork Jowl SSAM but the real star here has got to be—you guessed it—their kimchi which you can take away in a jar!
Ready to embark on a journey to South Korea?
There you have it—an exciting lineup of South Korean-inspired destinations within Somerset, Singapore, that will teleport you straight into the heart of Seoul!
Whether you’re belting out the hottest K-pop hits, taking your shot at the only Korean 4-Ball billiards in Singapore, or savouring delectable Korean-Western fusion dishes, these Korean-inspired hangout spots will definitely keep you busy for a day or two.
Grab your loved ones and appetite and dive into the vibrant Korean culture in Somerset!