Monday, July 27, 2009

Triple Dog Dared

Remember how, after my first visit to a Korean jjimjilbang (sauna), I dared and promised myself I would do the full body scrub before I returned to Vancouver? ..............................

I did it!!!!

That's right - I lay completely exposed on a table, in the public women's bath house, and an ajumma in black, lacey lingerie scrubbed me from neck to toe. First, I had to soak in a hot tub for 10 minutes to get the dead skin loose haha...

The scrub was great - it was 20,000won. First, she doused me with warm water and then started scrubbing away. It was really soothing, for me - I was falling asleep! I think I'm an odd sheep that way, though -- quite a few other people found it to be a bit painful. So I had to turn over on all sides. I didn't notice, but I guess a lot of "skin noodles" (as my Korean friend calls it/translated) came off, if you know what I mean. Yea. Gross! After scrubbing, she soaped me good and gave me a bit of a back massage using her knuckles. I felt really clean -- and kind of lazy 'cause I just realized someone just bathed me! Maybe I turned a shade paler haha but I couldn't really tell. And then I rinsed myself and then soaked in the super hot tub and cold tub for another 15-20 minutes.

I'm proud of myself for doing it~
Of course I was feeling a bit shy at first to walk around wearing nothing, but after 5 minutes, I realized it wasn't a big deal at all. Everyone else around me in all shapes and sizes were just as naked and walked as though they owned the place.

Melanie also did the scrub except she got a body massage and an oil treatment along with it for 50,000won. She sure got more than she bargained for hahhaaha! The story is much better told in person, but in short, her "massage" was pretty much a harsh knuckle massage where, after massaging each limb, she would get hit! She got punched in the foot and even slapped on the butt! LOL so, needless to say, she doesn't recommend the massage.

So yea, that took place in the women's sauna down the stairs from the women's changing room. After, I went to sweat in the hot rooms. I snapped a few super quick pictures to show you guys. The layout of the whole facility is a bit confusing. This unisex part is on the 1st floor to the right after the men's changeroom.

The 2 pyramids are the warm rooms. The one on the left is around 36 degrees and had a TV in it. The one on the right is too warm for me at 67 degrees... only because the floor is too hot to walk on, let alone sit on.
They have 2 of these "kilns", too that are even hotter than the pyramid rooms. They don't even have a temperature indicator for them. Just by sitting, you'll start dripping after a few minutes.The cold room! It has penguins in front and a couple of snowmen inside. I really like this room after I leave a hot room.
I don't know the purpose of this, but it was used for game shows.
You can also get a manicure, face threading, and eyelash perms and extensions there, too.

I really love The Dragon Hill Spa (get off at ShinYongSan and walk towards I'PARK Mall. It's on the left of the mall). It has so many facilities including a Finnish Sauna and even an arcade area.

They had these mini karaoke rooms. I thought they worked the same as the ones I've sung in in Daejeon, but these ended up being 20 minute sessions instead of per song!! Wasn't as fun as singing with someone else. And I didn't even know how much it would cost because we get these beep-in tags and had to beep in for everything - even all the food you buy, and pay for it when you leave. Since it was lunch time, I bought a few marinated eggs, a popsicle, and a green tea (nok cha) drink.
kk can you guess which song I was singing?Admission is 10,000won before 7PM and 12,000 or 13,000 after 7PM and on the weekends. Open 24/7.


  1. wow you were very brave to do the all nake business. lol i went to Japan last yr, and well let say i rather not soak nake, am was and still am too shy =)

  2. wowo.. look nice.. this places.. hahah
    i am from malaysia.. 1st time to see ur blog
    not bad..
    welcome to my blog too
    keep in touch ya

  3. haha OMG you went naked! i think it would be very difficult for me to do so! you're so brave! *thumbs up for you* haha
    and you did face threading too (O.o) haha.i really salute you! haha.

    i see you are back Vancouver already! such a pity. thought it'll be great if you could be my tour guide should i visit Korea! it'll sure be fun fun fun cuz you seemed to know just every nook and corner of Seoul's best place! =D=D

    you dont mind me emailing you or anything like that when i am going there? then you can advise and recommend me some of the die-die-must-go places! haha!

  4. Jewels: I totally know how you feel but once you do it, you'll realize it's really not as embarassing/scary as you once thought :))

    ScorpioPEGGY: Thanks - That jjimjilbang is definitely one of the nicer ones in Seoul :) I visited your blog but I can't read/understand anything :(

    legalchicness: kk Thanks! haha no i didn't do face threading. if I lived in Korea forever I'd probably do it because once you start you have to keep it up. I often get my eyebrows threaded at home. Yea it'd be rly fun - I'd love to show you around! For sure you can e-mail me anytime at :)