People Are Paying to Go to Prison in South Korea Because Life Is Too Stressful (Video)
When the stress and fatigue of the daily grind gets to us, who among us has not dreamed of being locked away from all human contact?
Wistfully, we might imagine all the books we would read or how buff we would become from working out if we were locked up (just for a month or two!) in prison with no interference from the outside world.
The wish is reality in Hongcheon, South Korea, and you don't even need to commit a crime.
“Prison Inside Me” is a hotel of sorts in South Korea where people pay to be locked away in solitary confinement for 24 hours. Inside, “jail mates” wear matching uniforms, sleep in spartan 54-square-foot cells, and are forbidden from speaking to each other. Minimal meals — a steamed sweet potato and banana shake for dinner, rice porridge for breakfast — are fed through a slot in their cell doors. Cell phones and clocks are prohibited inside the walls of the prison.
Accommodation kits include a yoga mat, tea set, pen, and notebook. Everybody sleeps on the floor.
Participants can pay about $90 to be kept in solitary confinement for 24 hours, away from the stressors of the outside world. More than 2,000 people have stayed at the prison since it opened in 2013. Most of those who opt for the unusual vacation are stressed out workers and students.
“After a stay in the prison, people say, ‘This is not a prison, the real prison is where we return to,’” Noh Ji-Hyang, one of the co-founders, told Reuters.
Like any good getaway, the prison stay comes with a souvenir: a certificate of parole upon completing their stint in solitary confinement.