A Real Life Version of 'Squid Game' Is Happening in South Korea

With the massive phenomenon that is Netflix‘s Squid Game, people around the world are finding ways to capitalize on the trend. A hotel in the Gangwon Province of South Korea has done just that, hosting their own real-life version of the show without the killing.

The Korea Times has reported that St. John’s Hotel in Gangneung is holding the event, marketing it as a realistic take on the popular Netflix show. The winner is expected to take home 5 million won (approximately $4,178 USD). Everyone is welcome to join, with the cost to register per person at 10,000 won ($8.39 USD). As one may assume, the event has garnered much attention, leaving no slots left to book.

Similar to the start of the show, those who are competing will be given a mysterious business card featuring a phone number. Participants are asked to meet in the pine forest near the hotel to compete in four games, “‘the Mugungwha flower has bloomed’ (‘Red Light, Green Light’ in English), tug of war, ‘ttakji chigi’ (paper tile flipping), and the ‘dalgona’ (flat sugar candy) challenge.” Though there is no killing, those who do not follow the rules will be eliminated. Players will not know who the host is until the end of the games.

For more information, check out the hotel’s website.

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