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Guide to Korean Jjimjilbang (public bath/sauna)

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Photo Courtesy of official Dragonhill Spa Website

 Jjimjilbang

Jjimjilbang is an interesting place where you can experience Korean culture is a “Jjimjilbang”. The meaning of the name “Jjimjilbang” is ‘sauna room’, but actually it’s kind of a small multiplex and really popular place to Koreans. You can enjoy not only sauna or spa, but also there are swimming pool, gym, PC labs, restaurants, and even theater. Regardless of age or sex, many people want to go there for several reasons, to relax their bodies or to get rid of stress, or for some people it is a good place having a fun time with their friends or families. Average entrance fee for Jjimjilbang is about $10, and you need to pay extra money for your snack and drinks.

 

◈How to use Jjimjilbang

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Photo Courtesy of official Dragonhill Spa Website

Before go to the Jjimjilbang, don’t forget to bring a change of clothes with you. If you pay the entrance fee, the receptionist will give you the towels, clothes (T-shirt and shorts) and the key for locker room. Go to the locker room, and change the clothes. If you want to take a short shower before enter the sauna, you can do that because locker room and spa is connected. After changing clothes, you can go to the public zone. There are various types of sauna room, so you can choose any of them. You can have some food and drinks, and also enjoy other facilities like PC room, massage room, gym, etc. After you enjoy the sauna, you will certainly want to take a shower because of sweat. In Jjimjilbang, you have to use the public bath. Doing hot tub with your friends and rubbing off each other’s dust is really interesting experience. After you fully enjoy the Jjimjilbang, just return the clothes and key.

 

◈Snacks in Jjimjilbang

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Photo Courtesy of official Dragonhill Spa Website

The most famous snack in Jjimjilbang is “Sik-hye”, Korean traditional drink. It is a kind of a sweet drink made from fermented rice. Moreover, when it is half frozen, it tastes better. The baked egg, called “Maekbanseok Egg” is very good combination with Sik-hye. Also, a red-bean sherbet, called “Patbingsu” is really popular snack, because you may want to cool off your body after sweating from sauna.

 

◈Top 3 Famous Jjimjilbang in Seoul

1. Yongsan Dragon-Hill Spa (http://www.dragonhillspa.co.kr/)

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Photo Courtesy of official Dragonhill Spa Website

Dragon-Hill spa Yongsan is one of the most famous Jjimjilbang in Seoul. It’s really huge and especially popular for kids since it has outdoor swimming pool. Besides, you can try various types of sauna and spa room. Each room has different themes and atmosphere. If you bring a ticket from movie/play/gallery/museum, you can get KRW2,000 off discount.

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Dragon-hill spa Daytime (05:00-20:00) : 11,000wonNight (20:00~05:00): 13,000 wonWeekend, Holiday: 13,000 won Additional charge:after 12 hours1,000won per hour24 hours open. Subway line 1,YongSan Station,Exit #1

2. The spa in garden 5 (http://eng.spagarden5.co.kr/default.asp)

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Photo Courtesy of official Spa in Garden 5 Website

The spa in garden 5 is also one of the famous Jjimjilbang in Seoul. It’s especially famous because it has a DVD room. Other facilities such as PC room, gym, sauna room is also very luxurious and fancy. It’s located in the 10th floor of the building, so the outdoor view from the bath is fantastic.

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Spa inGarden 5 Daytime(05:00~21:00): 8,000 wonNight(21:00~05:00): 10,000 wonWeekend, Holiday: 10,000 won Additional charge:after 12 hours,500 won per hour24 hours open. Subway line 8,JangJi Station,Exit #4

3. Riverside Spaland (http://www.ispaland.co.kr/company_04.html)

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Photo Courtesy of official Riverside Spa Website

The “Riverside Spaland” is famous for using really special water. They use underground water, extracted 1200m below the ground. This water contains lots of sulfur, which is good for skin disease or neuralgia. For those who want to relax their bodies and get rid of stress, Riverside Spaland is recommendable.

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Riverside Spaland Daytime(05:00~20:00): 7,000 wonNight(20:00~05:00): 9,000 won Additional charge:after 15 hours,7,000 won.24 hours open. Subway line 2,GangByeon Station,Exit #4

 

◈Famous Jjimjilbang outside Seoul: Busan

1. HurShimChung (http://www.hotelnongshim.com/eng/html/03_spa/spa_03.php)

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Photo Courtesy of official Spa Website

The HurShimChung Jjimjilbang is connected to the NongShim hotel in Busan, which is very luxurious. Since it is run by hotel, you can’t use the Jjimjilbang for the whole night. It closes at 22:00, and the entry is only allowed until 21:00. The spa can get crowded on weekends. Nevertheless, it’s the first place to check out when it comes to Busan-style Jjimjilbang.

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HuhShimChung Weekdays: 8,000 wonWeekend, Holiday: 10,000won Opening hours:5:30~22:00.Entry: before 21:00. Subway line 1OnCheonJang Station,Exit #1 or #3

 

2. Shinsegae Centum City Spaland (http://english.shinsegae.com/english/dept/dept_store.asp?STORE_CD=16)

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Photo Courtesy of official Spa Website

Centum City Spaland is really famous because it’s in the Shinsegae department store, which is the largest department store in the world. Centum City Spaland is also very huge and has various types of spa and sauna. It has 22 types of spa and 13 types of sauna and each has different theme and different healing effect. Centum City Spaland is not opened 24 hours daily, it closes at 24:00. So you need to enter at least before 22:30.

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Price (Adult)

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HuhShimChung Weekdays: 12,000wonWeekend, Holiday: 14,000 won Additional charge:after 4 hours,3,000won per hour.Opening hours:6:00 ~ 24:00Entry: before 22:30. Subway line 2,Centum City Station(Connected to the station)

 

◈Famous Zzimzilbang outside Seoul: Jeju Island

1. Jeju Burim land (homepage:Korean only. http://www.burimland.co.kr/)

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Photo Courtesy of official Spa Website

Burim land is one of the most famous Jjimjilbang in Jeju Island. It’s kind of representative Jjimjilbang in Jeju Island, and nowadays a lot of tourists and foreigners are going there too. It’s decorated with natural materials such as trees, stones, and sands. So, in Burim land, you can enjoy spa and sauna with beautiful natural sceneries in Jeju.

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Price (Adult)

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Burim Land Spa: 7,000 wonSpa and Sauna: 9,000won No Time Limit.24 hours open. From Jeju airport, 10 min by Taxi

 

Enjoy Jjimjilban and happy Korea trip !!

 

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