's an unconventional means of escape.
t the participants here are paying $90 a night to stay in a South Korean prison. Tucked away in the northeast corner of the country, the Prison Inside Me facility hosts stressed out workers and students who are willing to spend 24 hours in solitary confinement.
>> Ironically, I feel this prison is giving me a sense of freedom.>> Here, there is a ban on any kind of communication, mobile phones, clocks or even mirrors and the customers say, the solitary allows them get away from their busy lives. South Korea has an infamously demanding academic and work culture.
According to data from the OECD, South Koreans worked over 2,000 hours in 2017, putting in the third longest hours among OECD countries. The country's suicide rate is double that of the US, and one of the highest in the world. The facilities co-founder Noh Ji-Hyang says part of the inspiration for the mock prison came from her husband, a local prosecutor who often worked about 100 hours per week.
>> At first people say it would be stuffy to be in a prison cell, but after their stay, they say this isn't a prison. The real prison is where they return to.>> Since last July, the South Korean government has cut working hours to 52 in a week, but the policy has drawn criticism that says its standards are too vague.