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3 best Seoul saunas
After these bright, happy wonderlands of warm pools, expert massages and lightweight cotton garments, heaven has got a lot to live up to
Once a place for quiet relaxation, Seoul jjimjilbangs are increasingly becoming social hubs for couples, friends and families. These favorite Seoul saunas offer a range of detox options that range from purification to anti-aging.
Dragonhill Spa is one of the most famous Seoul saunas. The spa boasts eight floors fully equipped with various de-stressing zones and entertainment features, from fitness areas, spas, saunas, rooftop gardens and restaurants. It even has a movie theater.
The spa can get crowded on weekends. Nevertheless, it’s the first place to check out when it comes to Seoul-style jjimjilbang.
40-713 3-ga Hangang-ro, Yongsan-gu (서울시 용산구 한강로 3가40-713), tel. +82 2 792 0001
₩10,000 (adults) from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. ₩12,000 (adults) 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., weekends and holidays; ₩6,000 for children. Open 24 hours daily.
Cute cafes and fancy restaurants are not the only thing Sinsa-dong has to offer. Spa Lei caters to females searching for a relaxing space where they don’t have to worry if they have the latest "it" bags or if their makeup is still intact.
This stylish jjimjilbang is an all-girl’s paradise. From nail treatments, an outdoor café to powder rooms and small shops for jewelry and lingerie, Spa Lei mixes up beauty, workout, health and girl talk into one package.
Lei Mong Town, Cresyn Building, 8-22, Jamwon-dong, Seocho-gu (서초구 잠원동 8-22 크레신 빌딩 레이몽 타운), tel. +82 2 545 4113.
₩12,000 for 12 hours. Additional hours ₩10,000 per hour. Open 24 hours daily.
The Spa in Garden 5
The Spa in Garden 5 is one of the newest Seoul spas and it's got one of the best views. Located on the 10th floor of Garden 5 shopping center, this modern spa offers the well-known features showcased at other jjimjilbangs, with extras like a library, arcade, internet café and yoga classes.
10/F TOOL building, Da-dong Garden 5, 292 Munjeong-dong, Songpa-gu (송파구 문정동 292 가든5 다동 TOOL 10층), tel. +82 2 404 2700
₩8,000 (adults), ₩6,000 (children under seven), 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; ₩10,000 (adults), ₩7,000 (children under seven). 9 p.m.-5 a.m. and weekends. Sauna additional ₩6,000 (adults), ₩4,000 (children under 7), 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; ₩8,000 (adults), ₩5,000 (children under 7) 9 p.m.-5 a.m. and weekends. Open 24 hours daily.