My virgin jimjilbang experience in Korea was truly eye-opening. Jimjilbang is basically a traditional Korean sauna or public bathhouse, commonly shown in Korean variety shows and dramas. The area is usually divided by gender with different levels for men and women, consisting of showers, hot and cold rooms, fitness club, massage areas, so on and so forth. There is also a common area for men and woman to mingle around, have drinks & snacks and watch TV.
We made our way to Dragon Hill Spa, said to be the largest jimjilbang in Seoul. There are 7 levels of facilities consisting of healing zones, fitness club, male and female saunas, locker rooms, sky garden, F&B area, as well as a cinema and gaming room!
Lots of variety shows did their filming here, I spy Running Man! :)
We paid an admission fee of 12,000 KRW (S$14) and were given this electronic plastic bracelet, which serves as our key for the locker and as payment like a credit card, where we just need to tap it whenever we make purchases.
Lockers were designated accordingly and we had to strip naked here and change to the clothes they had provided us with. We see all kinds of women and ahjummas in various states of undress. I was trying my very best not to make eye contact with anyone, but it seems like I am being worried for nothing cos they just continued with whatever they were doing, completely oblivious to weird stares. :D
We rode the “women only” elevator to explore the jimjilbang. We tried all kinds of sauna rooms as well as the ice room, which I couldn’t stay any longer than 5 seconds. It was toooo cold! :O
We went to the snack corner to grab some eggs and soda to noms on. After which, we found a spot to sit on the heated floor. The area is pretty crowded with people who were just there to laze around or watching shows on the large TV screens.
With BFF, wearing our yangmeori. :P
Overall, it was a great experience. For those of you who have not been there, do try it. It is essential if you were to visit Korea. A truly interesting experience, you probably can’t get it elsewhere other than in Korea and Japan. Not sure about other countries though. Hope I’ll have the chance to go alone next time, so I don’t have to worry about embarrassing myself hahaha! :D
Dragon Hill Spa
Address in English: 40, Hangang-daero 21na-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening hours: 24 hours daily
Take the dark blue line (Line 1) to Yongsan Station, come out from Exit 1. Turn right and walk straight, you will see I-Park Mall on your right. Keep walking until you see a traffic light junction. Dragon Hill Spa is just across the road.
Check out my other posts on Korea:
:3 Seoul: Korea Travel Tips, Please!
:3 Seoul: My Korea Bucket List
:3 Seoul: Our Airbnb Experience
:3 Seoul: LINE Friends Store & Cafe
:3 Seoul: Mabokrim Halmeoni Maknae Adeulne
:3 Seoul: The Jimjilbang Experience