Jjimjilbang or otherwise known as a Korean Spa is a place where one can not only relax, eat, and more, but also sleep overnight all at an affordable price.
If you are going to Korea for a vacation, this is one place you should definitely consider for your itinerary and enjoy an experience that you can only have in Korea.
The first impression among many of a Jjimjilbang is usually – eggs, sweet rice wine, and lamb towels. But you can also find lots of recreational facilities like a snack bar, fitness club, PC bang, noraebang, and many others. There are roughly five steps that you will experience when you get to a Jjimjilbang, so let’s get to it now!
Step１：After paying money at the counter, you will get a Jjimjilbang outfit, towel, and a locker key where you can keep your shoes. Following which, you will exchange your shoe locker key for a locker key to store your clothes and belongings. You will then take a shower before putting on your Jjimjilbang outfit, before beginning your adventure!
Step２：The Jjimjilbang rooms actually come in various themes with different temperatures depending on your preferences, and you can really relieve your stress and fatigue while you are in there. The high temperature rooms for example can alleviate pain in your muscles and joints, and make you feel more comfortable overall.
Step３：After you are done with the Jjimjilbang room, remember to take another shower. Following which, apply moisturizer or even apply a face mask, before taking a break. You can then head to the cafeteria to buy drinks like water or ice sikhye to quench your thirst, or even snacks like boiled eggs or ramen to fill your stomach.
You can then proceed to enjoy other facilities in the Jjimjilbang.
Step４：Did you think this is the end? Jjimjilbangs have been constantly evolving, and there are now many themed sauna rooms that will suit the preferences of many. There’s a cafeteria where you can get your food and drinks, massage shop, nail care shop, PC bang, noraebang, fitness club, book corner, and a hall where you can watch television.
You can usually hang out one whole day at this place. It’s also a favorite haunt for couples to hang out. It’s a place where everyone is like family, and you can have a really comfortable time here. With now being winter, there’s no better time then to visit Jjimjilbangs now.
▼ Do remember to bring bath mitts or towels with you when you go to Jjimjilbangs. You can follow what Koreans do and scrub backs, there will be many dry skin peeling off. In addition, women who keep long hair should bring hairbands to tie up their hair while showering, as it’s a basic courtesy. You can also bring samples that you receive on the streets to use in Jjimjilbang, since they don’t take up too much space and are convenient.
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