Friday, April 29, 2011

Jjimjilbang - What and where?

Contrary to popular assumption, Koreans are in fact very liberal when sharing their culture. At first, they might be a bit shy but after getting to know them well, they can be great friends.

Korean Jjimjilbang or 찜질방 is one of a kind and can only be found in Korea. Besides widely known as the cheapest place to stay, there's more to be known and experience. Adventurous tourists planning to come to Korea must try this. But first, what is this Jjimjilbang?

Jjimjilbang (찜질방) is actually a public bathhouse where the bathroom is public, erm or should I say all in open view (only around the bathroom).. For the shy people it can be quite difficult because ultimately you will need to bare all if you are in the bathroom. Come on.. Who wears clothing while bathing?

Every 찜질방 has an open space where guests will be sleeping in a shared room together on the heated floor. There's a room where you can watch TV and a place where you can buy bottled water or snacks. It's very cheap to stay over here and is less than 15000 Won per night (varies from city to city).

However be reminded that 찜질방 is the last "frontier" for budget travelers so do not expect great service. Some Jjimjilbang do have separated rooms for different gender but to be safe, remember to ask first before staying.

Next to Daegu Station

Can you see the "사우나 찜질방" yellow signboard? This is it!

Right over here, behind the Daegu Bus Stop

In Daegu, we have one near the Daegu Station (대구역). It's located in front of the station and is directly behind the Daegu Station bus stop. It is called 사우나 찜질방(Jjimjilbang with sauna) so it might be great if you spent a night or two there.

Jjimjilbang is a must-stay for any tourists coming to Korea but I think only for the adventurous.

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