BATH GANGNAM STYLE

Taking out clothing is mandatory in the jjimjilbangs, or Korean resorts, which are always separated by sex. Jimjilbangs are a family affair in South Korea, with everyone from children to seniors enjoying a day of bathing and total relaxation

This tradition could originally be linked to the country's natural hot springs, where some sources have been in use for over a thousand years. Today many jjimjilbangs are open 24 hours a day and have overnight hotels, a perfect option if you are traveling by plane. Korean saunas, steam rooms and whirlpool tubs are unique because of the materials used in their construction. Some saunas have jade stones to relieve joint pain and relieve stress, while others use ceramic to promote detoxification. Body scrub is also very common, using a glove similar to the Turkish Kese. The difference is that in jjimjilbang milk and water are used to moisturize the skin and promote circulation.

 

One of the most famous jjimjilbangs in Seoul is the huge Dragon Hill Spa, a seven stores spa with a sea-water bath, a salt room, various saunas and baths, swimming pool, fitness center, gardens, food court, lounge beauty, golf course, internet café and even movie theater. The main attraction is the large sauna, heated by charcoal and infused with oak aroma.

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