Let’s review 5 of our top Korean Spa in Seoul
A Jjimjilbang is a traditional bathhouse which forms a vital part of Korean culture – these heated rooms are also known as Korean Spa. It is common for locals to hang out, soak and engage in various beauty-related rituals and services.
A basic Jjimjilbang offers a traditional experience with various types of baths and saunas while the newer ones offer a variety of services including nail bars, restaurants, movie rooms, and swimming pools!
Dragon Hill Spa: Most popular Korean spa
One of the most famous Korean Saunas; featured in numerous K dramas is located in Seoul. One of the best aspects of the Dragon Hill Spa is that is 24 hours operational and allows you to stay the night making it a fully relaxing experience. Plus save on the hotel bill if you are on a budget traveling. It encompasses 8 floors full of different spa zones focused on different benefits.
Furthermore, you would get an opportunity to golf and indulge in a cinema and K dramas or simply relax in one of their rooftop gardens! Being one of the largest and comprehensive Korean Spa, the Dragon Hill not only welcomes international visitors but it is also a prime location for locals to hang out on the weekends allowing travelers the perfect spot to “soak in” the Korean heritage! The Dragon Hill Spa is located in Yongsan, a short walk from the Yongsan Station Exit 1.
Price range: Admission fee starts at 13,000 to 16,000 won (or 11 to 14 US$) per adult.
Address: 40, Hangang – daero 21 na – gil, Yongsan – gu, Seoul.
Phone: +82 10 4223 0001
The Spa in Garden 5
This is a brand new and large Jjimjilbang located on the outskirts of Seoul. It is located on the complete 10th floor of the newly built Garden 5 shopping center. Thus, Spa in Garden 5 is an ultra-modern Korean spa featuring all amenities of a traditional Jjimjilbang along with numerous added facilities. You could enjoy a library, atopy treatment rooms, luxuriously built lounge rooms, movie screening rooms (English and Korean), an arcade, and various yoga classes. While relaxing in the spa there is even an option to have snacks in the lounging areas or head on up to the rooftop. These spa’s in-house restaurant offers some delicious Korean dishes, treats, including Shikhye which is a traditional Korean drink. The spa is a 15 minute walk from the Jangji Station.
Price Range: 8,000 to 10,000 won or $7 to $10 (USD)
Address: 10, Chungmin – ro, Songpa – gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 404 2700
LK Spa in a shopping district
The LK Spa is located near the top shopping districts of Myeongdong and Dongdaemun taking shopping to a whole new level of relaxing! While in Seoul, the LK Spa is one of the biggest Jjimjilbang located around shopping districts. It is a two-story spa with a pleasingly bright and very clean environment. Also, you could try a scrubbing service which will help you slay away all the worry along with dull, dry skin. As an added plus, the scrub manager will provide a hot fragrance oil massage!
This Korean spa is outfitted with three different kinds of sauna rooms including the Maifanshi, the Loess, and Fire, where temperatures range from 50°C to 100°C. Besides, these hot springs are infused with healing ginseng, jasmine, and even red wine flavors, helping to dissolve all exhaustion from a productive shopping trip! It is located a short 2-minute walk from the Euljiro 3-ga Station Exit 7.
Price Range: 65,000 to 120,000 won or 55 to 101 US$
Address: 259 – 1 B1 & B2, Euljiro 3st, Central District, Seoul
Phone: +82 2-2277-0060
Siloam Sauna near Seoul Station
For the tired foreign traveler, the Siloam Sauna is the perfect place to head over and relax. More, even stay overnight here is a much cheaper rate than hotels and hostels in their bunk bed sleeping quarters! Located a short walk from the Seoul Station, the Siloam Sauna is one of the older Korean Spa’s in Seoul. So the Siloam Jjimjilbang is one of the more authentic experiences you can get in Seoul: a no-frills sauna where pure Germanium water is pumped from underground to the Spa’s sauna and hot baths. The bathhouses various medicinal baths including wormwood, charcoal and jade baths to cater to various physical ailments. Additionally, the sauna rooms are created to offer various temperatures and healing experiences based on mineral rocks, salts, ice and even oxygen such as the charcoal cold room.
Price Range: 13,000 won or 12.60 US$
Address: 49, Jungnim ro, Jung gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 364 3944
Traditional Oriental Forest Land
This is the only authentic Jjimjilbang’s in Seoul. And it is located in Seoul city center right at the base of Ansan Mountain making it easily accessible via transportations. The best thing of Traditional Oriental Forest is the outdoor charcoal burning kilns which are no longer found in other bathhouses in Seoul. Furthermore, they burn pinewood in accordance with the ancestral methods to make the heat for the sauna. They offer the only completely traditional sauna Hanjeungmak in Korea. Also, they guarantee to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. As well as they offer females a sleeping room with a dedicated salt room for the medicinal properties offered by heated salt and kids a dedicated play area in the common room.
Price Range: 8,000 to 10,000 won or 7 to 10 US$
Address: 51, Bongwon – Dong, Seodaemun – Gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 365 2700
Seoul is one of the cultural centers. It offers a completely new culture, food, and experience to travelers. The sense of community defines South Korean heritage and that is why Korean Spa’s or Jjimjilbang’s are such an important cultural aspect still being resoundingly practiced. I think Jjimjilbang experience for visitors would be a very interesting and unique glimpse into the life of local Koreans and how they relax after a tough week of work. A visit to these Korean Spa’s not only healing the body but also the soul.
Written by DY & Jay
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