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Review: Naked in a Mineral Bath (Chocksan Spa, Mt Seoraksan)

We arrived in Sochko at Chocksan Spa around 11PM. The spa had already closed, so we checked into our room. A small room, there was no traditional bed (well no, let me take that back)…there was a traditional yo (a Korean floor bed, where comforters are put down for padding), and just enough floorspace for a five-person squeeze!

Our room had a small coffee table with a hotpot, some cups and a hotel refrigerator stocked with items “for purchase”. While the latter is common to top echelon hotels like the Hyatt or Sheraton, it was the first time I was seeing it in Korea.  At 80,000W/night, I couldn’t quite see the value. The room itself wasn’t nearly as luxurious, comfortable or as spacious as many of the 30,000W  love motels I’ve seen; but for the night, it was clean and suited our needs.

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Korean beds placed on the ground are called ‘yo”.

The next morning we grabbed our bath items and went downstairs to the spa/bathhouse for some soaking, scrubbing and bathing! Brilliant. While I’ve slept on a wooden floor before Japanese style, my back apparently had forgotten on how to lay on one! It was up to the spa to work out my aching yo back.

The soothing mineral pools of Chocksan Spa

Chocksan Spa was a bit smaller than I imagined.

…three mineral pools (temperatures range from warm, hot and freezing), a sauna, some bath and shower stations and the standard station for the ajumma scrubber/masseuse. However, the minerals did not disappoint. Over the main pool hung a sign listing the minerals contained in each pool; however, aside from straining to remember the science mineral conversions I learned in high school, everything was written in Korean (living in Korea, the written word is always sure to be a puzzle)!

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Mineral elixirs and healing properties of the spa pool

Curiosity had us wondering specifically about the mystery brew in the cold pool.  The water in this cauldron was ice cold  and no more than five minutes of having our bodies halfway submerged,  many of us could’ve sworn we were literally, breathing out menthol.

As I said, the 80,000W felt a bit steep for what was offered in overnight accommodations and spa facilty. Nevertheless, it was a great way to wake up to the day and recharge, before hiking Mt. Seoraksan!

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You deleted my previous question – you must have thought I was spamming you (sorry) – but I was actually quite serious. Are there any co-ed nude bathhouses in Korea? I know there are in Japan, because I’ve been to some – quite the eye-opener :O – but I don’t know about Korea.

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    Christine Kaaloa
    January 29, 2015 2:55 pm

    Sorry, I haven’t had time to check comments this past week. Koreans aren’t Japanese in that sense. It’s a much more conservative culture. Germany and parts of Europe have coed bathhouses though.

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So…um…how do I put this? It sounds like bathing with the opposite sex is quite common in Korea, but is there anywhere where both sexes bathe together? And if so, would you ever go there? You’d have to be prepared to see some Korean sausage, of course… 😉

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    Christine Kaaloa
    January 29, 2015 2:58 pm

    @Travel Girl88 : Correction: ‘bathing with the opposite sex” is not common in Korea, in regards to bathhouses. I’m not sure how I feel about coed bathing- never been in that situation.

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Laura in Cancun
November 8, 2010 9:47 pm

I hope someday I get to visit something similar! Your spa posts are often my faves 🙂

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