Busan's Top 8 Natural Hot Springs

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Mimsie Ladner

The South Korean port city of Busan has long been associated with its mild climate, beautiful beaches, abundant seafood and its own international film festival, but with some 450 spas—the most of any metropolitan city on the peninsula—it is also a great place to ‘soak up’ the country’s jjimjilbang culture. So, if you’re looking for the perfect place to relax, look to one of Busan’s best spas, listed below.

1. Haeundae Spa Center


Originally opened as Halmaetang (“Grandma Bathtub”), the present-day Haeundae Spa Center was once widely known for its mineral water that promised to heal a variety of ailments, from skin diseases to arthritis. Since its renovation in 2003, however, it has become a favorite destination for visitors wanting a special spa experience. The 24-hour complex boasts fairly standard spa facilities, but its cheap price and convenient location near the beach make it a great place to rinse off the sand and get ready for a night out on the town.

2. Cimer Spa


The Haeundae District may be best known for its beach, but it’s also packed with tourists who flock to its spas in the winter. Of its 19 spas, Cimer Spa in Paradise Hotel is considered to be one of the most luxurious. Twelve of its themed hot springs are located outdoors, where hotel guests can soak in the rejuvenating spring waters while soaking up gorgeous ocean views. Depending on the season, various ingredients such as honey, sea salt or coffee are added to the spas to help improve bathers’ skin health.

3. Hotel Aqua Palace


Operated in association with the hotel of the same name, Aqua Palace is Korea’s only seaside water park, and features a 90-meter-long water slide, a wave pool, and a variety of Bade pools that are filled with water drawn from 2,624 ft. (800m) underground. Since the park is indoors, guests can enjoy the facilities at any time of the year.

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