Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Trapped in Daegu! Experiencing an Escape Room at TRAP Korea

Imagine being locked in a dimly lit room with a few of your closest friends.  The only way out is to solve a series of puzzles and find a key that will eventually open the door to your freedom.  Meanwhile, the clock is ticking.  Can you escape?  If this sounds like your idea of fun, then you’ll love Daegu’s latest trend: an escape room at TRAP Korea.
An escape room is a puzzle-based adventure game in which players are locked into a themed room filled with clues.  Working as a team, players must analyze their surroundings, find clues, solve puzzles, communicate, and escape, all within a timeframe of 60 minutes. 
At TRAP Korea’s Daegu headquarters, players can select from five themed rooms: Ancient Egypt, Middle Age, Tomb of Secrets, Armageddon, and Crazy Garage.  The easiest trap room is Ancient Egypt, and the most difficult is Armageddon.

Once a room has been selected you will be led inside, and a staff member will inform you how to get to the next stage, which usually involves solving clues to open a door to the adjoining chamber.  You will also be given walkie talkies which you can use to communicate with the staff in case you get stuck.
At first glance, it will seem like you are standing in an overly-decorated room.  However, after observing your surroundings in more detail, you will notice that nothing is quite as it seems.  You do not need to speak Korean to solve the puzzles as all the clues are visual or graphical.  Every object has the potential to be a clue.  In no time at all, the room will be in shambles as you race against the clock to search for and solve all of the puzzles. 
There is a feeling of excitement and intensity as one clue leads to another.  Doors slide open in unexpected places, revealing dark passageways that lead to more clues until you eventually make your way to the last door - the one that leads to your freedom!

₩50,000 for 2 people to ₩80,000 for 5 people.  Discounted rate available for first time visitors during weekday hours.
Reservations: While they are not required, it is best to book in advance online to secure the room and time that you want, especially on weekends. TRAP Korea’s site is in Korean, but you can easily translate the page in order to pick a date, room, and time slot.  Enter your name, phone number, email, and any requests (for example, if you would like to have someone explain the general instructions in English), and then submit your reservation.  You can either pay online or in person.  Once you have booked a slot, you’ll receive a text message confirming your reservation.
Address: 177-5 Dusan-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu

Trapkorea is located on the third floor of a multi-level concrete building near Suseong Lake.  The sign is kind of hard to see from the road, so keep a look out for their logo. Free validated parking is available behind the building. 

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  1. I loved this place! I am an American and had a wonderful time! The staff was extremely helpful! Fun, fun, fun!

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