So, a few weeks ago I went to a Jimjilbang which is a SPA. It's a staple in Korean culture and something that both men and women enjoy. From those I've spoken to though, more women attend than men and most men go with their girlfriends or wives.
|entry to the jimjilbang|
Here's how it works:
When you arrive at the jimjilbang, you get a bracelet that also contains a key. That key is to your locker. First things first, put your shoes away. No shoes allowed in the SPA. Then go to your respective gender floors, where the AWKWARDNESS begins.
|this must be us...|
|no women allowed...|
Once, there you get out of your clothes and enjoy the various, hot tubs, baths, massages and showers, all in the nude. Granted you're in an area with the same sex, but it's still awkward for a while. Ladies just walking around, sitting in the hot tub, talking, laughing with friends...enjoying a lil "me time". I can only imagine what goes on on the men's floor...lol. Once you're done...take a shower to rinse off and put on the comfortable, stylish pajamas provided to you and explore the co-ed section of the SPA.
In the co-ed section, there are various other SPA rooms, restaurants, an arcade, and nail salon. The bracelet with the keys is like your pass card. If you do anything extra, you swipe your bracelet. Don't get too excited...you pay for it on exit.
|check out the ice in the background...this room was -7degrees C.|
|contacts out...time for bed...|
|lights stay on...smh|
In the morning, change back, return pajamas, grab your shoes and pay. Overall, pretty cool experience for a decent price (12,000won = $11).
Next time, I think I'll try a massage...cost extra, but may be worth it...
Until next time...