Itaewon may be known for its raucous nightlife, but tucked away just off the main strip of bars and restaurants is Itaewon Land, a five-story jjimjilbang made famous after its appearance in the body-swapping scene of Secret Garden, a popular K-drama.
Its various relaxation rooms such as the pine room and salt room are sure to help you de-stress while its traditional sauna’s red clay room, and flat stone room will most certainly allow you to sweat out all the toxins from last night’s soju session. With a number of guest rooms available for overnight stays, Itaewon Land is also a great (and affordable) place to crash after an evening out on the town.
34 Usadan-ro 14-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2 749 4122
J I M J I L L B A N G I first heard of the jimjillbang from my colleague. Suggesting it, and asking me to give it a try. So, tonight I finally gave it a go. But what really is a jimjillbang? Well think of it as a Korean sauna (on steroids). It has a gym, a computer shop, a restaurant (they even serve pizzas🍕), a movie theatre, and definitely sleeping nooks. There’s even a children playground and a library. Pretty much everything you would look for to have a streess free day, its there. _________________________________________ #jimjillbang #itaewonland #sauna #koreansauna #seoul #seoul 2017 #southkorea2017
Located on the 10th floor of the Garden 5 shopping center, this ultra-modern spa features all the amenities you’d expect to find at a traditional jjimjilbang, with tons of extras like a library, luxurious lounge rooms, an arcade, theater and yoga classes. When hunger strikes, head to the spa’s in-house bar for some tasty Korean treats, like shikhye, a sweet rice beverage often consumed at jjimjilbangs.
10, Chungmin-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2 404 2700
If you’re on a long layover or only have a limited amount of time to spend in Seoul, then Siloam Sauna is the place for you. Located near Seoul Station, the jjimjilbang is easily accessible, not to mention foreigner-friendly.
The no-frills sauna uses natural, high-quality Germanuim water from 300 meters underground, which supplies the spa’s hot baths, sauna rooms and sleeping rooms. With clean facilities and personable staff, Siloam is a fantastic sleeping option if you’re on a shoestring budget and need a place to stay for a night.
49, Jungnim-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2 364 3944