One of my favourite things to do in Korea is go to a
Jimjilbang (Korean Spa). Unlike traditional spas in America, the Jimjilbang
culture is very different and unlike anything I have ever experienced. You first
pay a very small entrance fee, then you are free to use their entire facility
for as long as you want (up to 24 hours I think) which includes taking a dip in
the pool, soaking in a sauna, playing in the arcade room, eating and snacking,
relaxing in their rest room or in their multiple hot tubs. Some people even
sleep overnight (as I did) just to wait until the train reopens in the morning.
Yongsan called Dragon Hill Spa. It is located right next to the Yongsan train
station (not even a 5 minute walk) and this jimjilbang has been recommended by
CNNGo and The New York Times as the best place to get the full Korean
at night. 😀 The Dragon Hill Spa has seven levels so there’s a lot of fun to be
had here. 😛
won (~$9.00 CAD) normally and 12,000
won (~$11.00 CAD) after 8 pm. This is the entrance where you put your shoes
and enter the main floor.
midnight swim! I stupidly forgot and therefore couldn’t go swimming!! Gahh!!
(around 8 hot and 1 cold) such as Himalayan Salt room, Ice room, Pyramid, and Oakwood
Charcoal. This ice room was mega cold and even had a snowman inside.
and I spent the most time here. What an elaborate looking sauna, eh?
attire and sweating our toxins out inside the Pyramid room.
eat snacks, and mingle. As you can see from the guy in the front, people just
sleep ANYWHERE, and in all sorts of positions. 😛 Haha.
is a traditional sweet rice drink made in-house. I highly, highly recommend this as it is so
refreshing after a long sweat inside the sauna.
eggs. They sell three for 2,000 won (~$2.00 CAD) and they are delicious. Nicely
marinated and makes for a great midnight snack.
long marinating process. You don’t even really need salt because the egg is
flavourful enough by itself.
Salt Room’ where everything, including the floor and ceiling are made from Himalayan
salt. It was awesome but extremely hot. =.= If you ever plan to go to Korea, I
would definitely recommend giving Jimjilbang a try as it’s a very traditional
Korean activity and an incredibly interesting and fun experience!