So, I’ve promised some of you the inside tip on the best jjimjilbang in Seoul…
Korea and the English language: a mysterious and confusing combination.
Sometimes, Koreans like to wear English words they don’t understand. Other times, they like to surprise you by busting your chops on complex English terms, that would elicit a Google search for meaning.
I stood outside the jjimjilbang with dropped jaw, staring at the sign:
Three cool features of Siloam Sauna:
1. Saunas and Fomentation
1. The act of fomenting; incitement. 2. a. A substance or material used as a warm, moist medicinal compress; a poultice.b. The therapeutic application of warmth and moisture, as to relieve pain.
2. When a bath house is a spa
Let’s get down to the deep scrub! Anything which says it will revive young skin, induce health benefits or rejuvenate me, between my lather, definitely earns a ‘thumbs up’. Shower stalls and sit-down scrubbing stations are standard decor in any Korean bathhouse joint, as are heated pools and jacuzzis to soak in, accompanied by an ice water pool to shock your skin awake after its shriveled.
With Siloam‘s bathhouse, you get three heated medicinal baths to choose from:
• a wormwood bath to help aid menstrual pains,
• a charcoal bath for improved circulation, extracting impurities, and help support the metabolism and anti-aging
• a jade bath to induce peace and tranquility.
(note: There are potentially more listed on the site, but these three are the only ones I saw.)
The bath houses also house :
• jacuzzi tub
• a mist sauna
• a waterfall shower
Do these mineral bathing pools really work?
Korean spas swear by them.
But personally, depending on the mineral, sometimes you feel a difference in them; sometimes, you don’t.
3. The best jjimjilbang sleepover in Korea
Most jjimjilbangs offer only floor space, a blanket and a wooden block pillow for your overnight sleep. What makes Siloam unique is that it offers sleep rooms with individual beds.
Although j-bangers are welcome to spread out on any floor (read here) or even crash in the saunas, Siloam‘s fifth floor holds the official sleeping rooms. With over 300 individual bunks per room, the rooms sport air purifiers, humidifiers, thermometers, to make for an awesome night’s sleep!
How awesome was it?
Perhaps, all the healing properties in the building and the climate/ air-controlled room has something to do with the sleep you experience at Siloam. What I experienced was exceptional for what it was in a dorm-like accommodation. I had a very deep and restful sleep, more than I’ve ever experienced in a hotel.
Siloam Sauna’s Rooms for Sleepers vs. Snorers
Here’s the funny but kinda cool part…
Do you snore?
The rooms are separated according to three types of sleepers: Women, Men and Snorers. Yes, there’s a “Snorer’s Room”, for when your sleep rattles and shakes others!
The best feature of Siloam Sauna?
After telling you all of what Siloam offers in overnight accommodation and bathhouse/sauna pampering you’ll probably want to visit. But what will change your walk into a run?
The price. Ready for it?
13,000 Won (or about $12.60 USD)
Now most j-bangs overnight stays are priced in this range and even Dragon Hill comes in a bit leaner at 12,000 Won. What sets Siloam apart from the rest is really the comfy ‘bunk bed’ accommodations vs the standard wooden floor.
Throw some “fomentation” in there and hey, it’s the best and most rocking j-bang in town!
Do you have a favorite bathhouse or jjimjilbang in Seoul?
Siloam Fire Pot Sauna (Seoul, South Korea)
Hours: 24 hours
Bath (Adult) : 8,000 won; Bath+ Sauna (Adult) : 10,000 won
Bath (Adult) : 9,000 won; Bath+ Sauna (Adult) : 13,000 won
Directions (Map here)
Line 1, Line 4, Seoul Station, Exit 1, 5 minutes walk
Line 2, Line 5, Chungjeongro Station, Exit 5, 5 minutes walk
The White Sheets Reviews are Grrrl Traveler recommendations of guesthouses, hostels and hotels I’ve stayed at. Selections are based on their cleanliness (‘white sheets‘), service, hospitality and budget.
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- Naked in a Korean Bathhouse! (Daegu)
- Sleeping at a Jjimjilbang (a Korean bathhouse & sauna) (Busan)
- Finding Youth at Yulpo Green Tea Saltwater Spa (Yulpo)
- Naked in a Mineral Bath (Chocksan Spa, Mt Seoraksan)
- Luxury at Dragon Hill Spa… hip or hype? (Seoul)
- Why Siloam Spa is the best jjimjilbang in Seoul.