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PC baangs (PC방, 피시방 or 피씨방) are internet game rooms used in South Korea. They are similar to internet cafés in other countries. The word "baang" (Hangeul: 방; Hanja: 房) means "room" in Korean, so the term literally means PC room.

In baangs, players can play LAN-based games, including StarCraft. South Korea has widespread broadband support as well, but players tend to prefer playing in baangs.[1] There were over 20,000 baangs in South Korea as of 2006.[2]

As of March 2009, some baangs enabled players to play StarCraft II beta without beta keys.[3]


  1. Geoffrey Brooks. 2008-07-08. Counting Rupees: Korea bangs. Joystiq. Accessed 2008-09-06.
  2. Chris Taylor. 2006-06-08. The future is in South Korea. CNN. Accessed 2007-12-21.
  3. Leord. 2009-03-29. StarCraft 2 Beta for Everyone in Korea. IncGamers. Accessed 2010-03-31.