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Relax in warmth at Hot Springs & Spas
Relax in warmth at Hot Springs & Spas
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Splas Resom (Deoksan)

While Japan is very well known for its hot spring culture, it is not the only country with these natural sauna facilities; Korea also has its fair share of hot springs and spas using geothermal mineral water. To enjoy a little bit of Korean culture with a whole lot of warmth this winter, here are the top 5 recommended-Korean hot springs and spas you should try!!

1. Ganghwado Seongmodo Mineral Hot Spring, Incheon (인천)

Seongmodo Mineral Hot Spring is one of the hottest new places in Ganghwado, famous for its fantastic view of the Yellow Sea. Because of its location on the western coast, it’s great for watching the sun sink into the sea from one of the resort's 15 outdoor pools; just be sure to grab a spot early, as the pools quickly begin filling up with people all wanting to enjoy this experience. The hot spring snack bar even accepts phone orders, so you can keep your spot! Simply call to order coffee or "sikhye" (sweet rice drink) and they’ll deliver it to your pool.

The water used at Seongmodo Mineral Hot Spring is completely untouched mineral water, creating a slippery consistency not found at most hot springs. If you happen to drink some of the water, you’ll notice a salty taste, due to the high level of sodium. After a dip in the pools, it may feel like you have a slight film covering your skin. This is due to the minerals in the water, which are very good for promoting healthy skin. If you’re sensitive, you’ll probably want to wash it off, but be aware that the use of cleansing products such as shampoos and soaps are prohibited. If you really don’t like the feeling, you can gently dry off with a towel.

More info:

☞ Operating hours: 07:00-21:00

* Closed the first and third Tuesday of every month

☞ Admission: Adults 9,000 won / Children 6,000 won / Senior citizens 6,000 won
* 2,000 won charged separately for rental clothing
* Adults (ages 8-64) / Children (ages 3-7) / Senior citizens (ages 65 & older)
* Infants (ages 2 & younger) enter free with proof of age
* Senior citizens must submit proof of age to receive discount
* Food not allowed in hot spring (drinks permitted)

☞ Website: (Korean only)

2. Splas Resom (Deoksan), Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도)

Splas Resom is a year-round hot spring theme park located in Yesan, just an hour and a half south of Seoul. The park features over 20 different spa pools and slides spread out over a 25,000㎡ area. Water attractions include a bade pool using 49℃ Germanium mineral water, a lazy river, and a wave pool with waves reaching 1.8 meters. One of the best features of Splas Resom is the Vital Therapy Center, offering programs by expert therapists for a relaxing and revitalizing vacation.

More info:

☞ Operating hours
- Water park indoor spa zone: Weekdays 06:00-20:00 / Weekends 09:00-21:00
- Sauna: Weekdays 06:00-20:00 / Weekends 09:00-22:00

☞ Admission: Adults 48,000 won / Children 33,000 won
* Same fees apply daily
* Adults (ages 13-64) / Children (ages 3-12)
* Infants (ages 2 & younger) enter free with proof of age
* 30% discount on water park and sauna for senior citizens (ages 65 & older) with proof of age

☞ Website: (Korean only)

3. Sol Beach Yangyang Ocean Play, Gangwon-do (강원도)

Located on the eastern coast, Sol Beach Yangyang Ocean Play is divided into indoor and outdoor zones. While the water park is open year-round, using the spa in winter is especially recommended. The park became quite popular when news of the clean outdoor zone overlooking the East Sea spread by word-of-mouth. The park exterior is designed with a motif of Park Güell, designed by Catalan architectural genius Gaudi, along with curving lines resembling ocean waves. The indoor zone also provides views of the East Sea while sheltering visitors from the weather. If you’re looking to get a massage while you relax, check out the water massage systems in the spa zone. Best of all, the bade pool programs are included with admission!

More info:

☞ Operating hours
- Aqua indoor zone: Weekdays 10:00-18:00 / Weekends & public holidays 10:00-19:00
- Aqua outdoor zone & outdoor slides: 10:00-17:00
- Seawater sauna: Weekdays 07:00-20:00 / Weekends & public holidays 06:30-20:30
- Martherapy: Weekdays 10:00-18:00 (Last admission: full therapy 17:00 / half therapy 18:00) / Weekends & public holidays 10:00-20:00 (Last admission: full therapy 18:00 / half therapy 19:00)
* Full therapy (Mud, Watsu, Enzyme & Sound therapy) / Half therapy (Enzyme & Sound therapy)
* Hours valid until Dec. 31, 2019; refer to website for update later

☞ Admission: Adults 36,000 won / Children 31,000 won
* Fees valid until Dec. 31, 2019; refer to website for update later
* Separate fees apply to swimsuit rental and sales
* Adults (ages 13-64) / Children (ages 3-12)
* Infants (ages 2 & younger) enter free with proof of age
* 30% and 40% discount on weekends & weekdays respectively for senior citizens (ages 65 & older) with proof of age

☞ Website: (Korean only)

4. Deokgu Spaworld, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도)

Deokgu Spaworld in Uljin is the only hot spring in Korea where the water naturally rises to the surface. Every day, nearly 2,000 tons of water flow through the water park, earning the resort the title of best “rest hot spring” in Gyeongsangbuk-do. The water reaches temperatures of over 42.4℃ and is full of minerals such as calcium and potassium. These qualities give the water healing properties, beneficial in treating various skin and health discomforts, such as neuralgia, arthritis, muscular pain, and more.

Another major attraction of Deokgu Spaworld is its location on the slopes of Eunbongsan Mountain. The outdoor pool offers beautiful views of fantastic rock formations and clear waters flowing through the valley below. The resort is great for family visitors, equipped with a kid’s pool, outdoor sun tanning beds, a jasmine pool, hardwood sauna, and more.

More info:

☞ Operating hours
- Spa: Weekdays 10:00-19:00 / Weekends & public holidays 09:00-20:00
* Summer peak season (July 20 – August 20 & Chuseok holiday period): Daily 09:00-20:00
- Hot springs: 06:00-22:00
* Spa (Indoor & outdoor spa, water park) / Hot spring (large hot spring pool, bathing facilities)

☞ Admission
- Spa (Offseason weekdays): Adults 18,000 won / Children 12,000 won
- Spa (Offseason weekends & public holidays): Adults 28,000 won / Children 19,000 won
- Spa (Peak season): Adults 35,000 won / Children 26,000 won
* Additional fees apply to use of amenities, including private spa room and swimsuit rental
* Adults (ages 13 & older) / Children (ages 2-12)
* Infants (ages 1 & younger) enter free with proof of age

☞ Website: (Korean only)

5. Jinan Red Ginseng Spa, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도)

Jinan Red Ginseng Spa is located at the foot of Maisan Mountain in Jinan, a region famous for red ginseng. It is the only red ginseng medicinal spa in Korea, taking guidance from Donguibogam, an encyclopedia on the principles and practices of Eastern medicine. The spa is divided into the public spa and destination spa, with the systematic treatment programs of destination spa being extremely popular. The various therapy programs take place in private rooms, and range from herb therapy to thermal, bade pool, aroma, and more for nearly 10 unique treatments. The public spa is popular among family visitors, with attractions such as the outdoor pool on the rooftop or the sky garden mind pool, which offers views of Maisan Mountain while relaxing.

More info:

☞ Operating hours: 09:30-20:30
* Last admission 17:00 on the last Monday of every month
* Early closed days for 2020: Feb. 17, Mar. 23-27, Apr. 27, May 25, Jun. 29, Jul. 13, Aug. 24, Sep. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, Dec. 14 (Subject to change; refer to website for details)

☞ Admission
- Weekdays: Adults 39,000 won / Children 30,000 won / Senior citizens 30,000 won
- Weekends: Adults 43,000 won / Children 34,000 won / Senior citizens 34,000 won
* Adults (ages 13-64) / Children (ages 4-12) / Senior citizens (ages 65 & older)

☞ Website: (Korean only)

Source: Imagine Your Korea