After Nampo and Jagalchi, I thought I would introduce my family to the jimjilbang, or Korean spa and bathhouse. The most famous one I had heard of is Spaland, which is located on the first floor of the Shinsegae Department Store.
Entrance through the subway, up to the food court!
After modeling at the famous Shinsegae, we walked around and did a fair bit of shopping. Shinsegae is the largest department store in the world according to the Guiness World Records, and there were plenty of stores to stroll through. There was even an H&M!
Looking up from the first floor
We spent plenty of time in stores, but there were deals outside the stores as well. All along the railings of the inside of Shinsegae were racks of clothes with a bit of a discount. We were able to try things on and see the latest fashions and trends, and we even bought a coat!
Dumplings from the food court, yum~
After we exhausted ourselves with all the shopping we moved down to the food court to fill ourselves up before hitting the Spa. In retrospect, this was not the best plan, as cleansing is a big part of the spa experience and we did not hesitate to fill ourselves up. The food court was so fantastic, we couldn't resist!
Some food from the food court, very delicious!
And of course we couldn't pass up dessert, there's a fantastic popsicle stand at Shinsegae called Brick Pop. They have fresh fruit popsicles that are great.
The best popsicles in the land
After we were sufficiently stuffed we headed up to floor one to Spa Land. It looked beautiful and we couldn't wait to relax inside. The admission fee for Spa Land in Shinsegae is 12,000 won on weekdays and 14,000 on weekends. That's around $12 and $14 USD respectively. You can stay for up to four hours, or six hours if you want to pay a bit more. It seems like a lot of chill time, but Spa Land was so huge, we found the time fly by.
The entrance to Spaland
There were no photos allowed inside the spa, but if you look here you can find pictures of some of the rooms. There were plenty of classic hot springs (which you have to go in naked), along with 13 theme rooms (which you visit after the hot springs, in your spa clothes). These included a Finnish Sauna, Yellow Earth Room, Wave-Dream Room, Hard Wood Charcoal Room, SEV light Room, and Body Sound Room. There was also a DVD room and restaurant. I spent most of my time heating up in the Charcoal room and then cooling off in a Cold room. I could have spent all day there, but we had other things we were ready to do after such a refreshing adventure!
After graduating from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Ariel Rosen looked back on the semester she spent traveling around Europe and decided she must explore Asia. Her teaching job with ChungDahm April in Busan allows her to experience South Korea firsthand and with the bright enthusiasm of all the children she teaches. She is overjoyed to share a class with them and finds herself learning more from them and the big beach city around her everyday.
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