Overworked South Koreans stay in mock prisons to escape daily life

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In South Korea, people who want to escape from the demands of everyday life can do so by staying in a mock jail.

According to a Reuters report, the average South Korean worked about 2,024 hours in 2017 — the third longest in a survey of 36 OECD countries.

To seek relief, office workers and students are paying $90 a night to stay in a mock prison facility in Hongcheon, where they spend 24 hours locked up in solitary confinement.

Clients sleep on the floor of a spartan 54-square-foot cell, which has a small toilet, but no clock or mirror. They wear blue prison uniforms and given accommodation kits with a yoga mat, tea set, pen and notebook.

Speaking to each other is forbidden, as is the use of mobile phones. Meals are fed through a slot in the door, and consist of steamed sweet potato and a banana shake for dinner, and rice porridge for breakfast.

The 'Prison Inside Me' facility has been open for five years, and has hosted over 2,000 'inmates.' Founder Noh Ji-Hyang claims she was inspired her prosecutor husband, who worked 100-hour work weeks.

She says people are wary of paying to stay in a prison cell until they actually do it and realize the real prison is the one outside.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Average hours worked by South Koreans in 2017
2. 24-hour solitary confinement inside mock prison facility
3. Inside mock prison cell
4. Depiction of strict prison rules, minimal meals

VOICEOVER (in English):

"The average person in South Korea worked about 2,024 hours in 2017 — the third longest in a survey of 36 OECD countries."

"To seek relief, overworked South Koreans are paying $90 to stay in a mock prison in Hongcheon, where they spend 24 hours locked up in solitary confinement."

"Clients sleep on the floor of a spartan 54-square-foot cell, which has a small toilet, but no clock or mirror. They wear blue prison uniforms and given accommodation kits with a yoga mat, tea set, pen and notebook."

"Speaking to each other is forbidden, as is the use of mobile phones. Meals are fed through a slot in the door, and consist of steamed sweet potato and a banana shake for dinner, and rice porridge for breakfast."

SOURCES: Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-prisonstay-idUSKCN1NS0JB?utm_source=reddit.com