Korean Jimjilbang: The Dragon Hill Spa in Yongsan (용산 찜질방) - Vikingess Voyages

Friday, December 14, 2012

Korean Jimjilbang: The Dragon Hill Spa in Yongsan (용산 찜질방)

If you're up for some unique culture experience while in Korea, one of the things you should definitely check out is the traditional Korean bath house called Jimjilbang (찜질방). In a Jimjilbang you can find a wide variety of baths and saunas, all with different themes. You can find baths with different kinds of herbs, and the saunas can be steamy, dry etc.

Entrance to the Dragonhill Spa
There are Jimjilbang all over Korea, but I have so far only had the chance to try Dragonhill Spa at Yongsan (龍山・용산 literarily means "dragon mountain"). This spa is open 24/7, and offers own sleeping rooms where you can spend the night if you happen to loose the last bus/train home - like I did last Saturday.. 
An outside corridor leading to the entrance of the spa
Sleeping in a Jimjilbang is a good option if you want to save some money and you don't mind sleeping on a mattress on the floor (and be aware; if you arrive late in the evening there might not be any mattresses left). And then you have all the noisy ajummas (older Korean ladies almost exclusively with short, curly hair) who tend talk with each other loudly in the middle of the night or/and snore loudly.

For 12.000 won you get twelve hours of access to all the facilities inside the Jimjilbang, with the additional possibility to buy food, massages, facials etc.
We're not allowed to take pictures inside the spa area, so for more information about the Jimjilbang in Yongsan, check out their homepage below.

Basic Info
  • ・Name of Place: Dragon Hill Spa / 德龙宫龙山汗蒸幕 (용산 찜질방)
  • ・Address:40-713 Hangangno 3(sam)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
    ・Phone: +82 2-792-0001
  • ・Opening Hours: 24/7
  • ・Official Home Page:http://www.dragonhillspa.co.kr/

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Do you have any questions or recommended travel destinations in South Korea? Please feel free to leave me a comment in the comment section below!

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