Saturday, November 13, 2010

The highly popular "36 Hours" series of the New York Times gives you -- 36 Hours in Seoul. A sampling:

A staple of Korean life has long been the jjimjilbang, or bathhouse. And perhaps the biggest and most extravagant of them all is the seven-story Dragon Hill Spa & Resort (40-713 Hangang-ro 3-ga, Yongsan-gu; 82-2-798-0114; Something like an amusement park with a touch of ’80s Vegas, complete with pyramids and a Native American-themed pub, this family-friendly spot comes with sex-segregated spa areas, shared saunas, outdoor pools, Jacuzzis and more: picture nail salons, video arcades, an Internet cafe, even a cinema and putting green. (Admission 10,000 to 12,000 won; spa packages from 100,000 won.) A Zen retreat this is not. But it’s a fun (and funny) place for a few hours of entertainment — and maybe some relaxation, too.
36 Hours in Seoul [New York Times]


  1. If they have free parking, I shall visit that place when I'm back.

  2. Just wanted to say...
    Dear the Korean: I love your blog!! it makes me laugh whenever I stop by.

  3. I've been there before and it's nothing special. The themed rooms are nice, but not amazingly so. The outdoor heated pool is nice.

    It's usually jam packed with Japanese tourists, and if you are fortunate to find a secluded place with some quiet, then it's quite relaxing.

    There are better jjimjilbangs though.

  4. Too many tourists and waygookin. It has some great features but there are far better jjimljilbang and bathhouses. Personally, this is the Bore-yeong Mud festival of jjimjilbang and being a snob I would avoid anywhere mentioned in backpacker tourist guide books.

    Just my opinion...


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