Seoul-Bound, My Wife Wants Me to Recommend Spas, Help!

Spas and bath houses are a delight of East Asia. From zen retreats to family amusement centers, the spectrum is wide.

We are Seoul-bound and I do not know the spas. KNTO has a massive list that is just a start.

Readers, what Seoul spas do you recommend? I am thinking one zen, feminine retreat where I will stand outside tapping my foot, and one over-the-top fun for the whole family spa.

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  • David

    As a local’s point of view I would personally recommend Spa the Han or the Cheongkwanjang Spa G. They are both contemporary and traditional Korean. Be aware of the Jimjilbang spas on the list, since they are usually public baths+saunas and may seem a bit… ‘exotic’
    Have fun at Seoul!

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @David – thanks for the suggestions, it sounds like a challenge on Jimjilbang, I just pulled up pictures and maybe I’ll be there while she is at one of the zen ones! When I lived in China I visited some pretty wacky ones, some as overnights on domestic business trips, I imagine the Koreans do it even more over the top so am excited. One test I had for visitors to China was if they were willing to try a bath house, especially with Americans, not many willing to try the undress element.

  • David

    @Rapid Travel Chai – some of the Jimjilbangs are really nice, so if your wife is comfortable with a quick shower in the public bath, I think it would be fun to try! Jimjilbang is usually consisted with a Public bath, which is divided by gender, and the Jimjilbang itself, which is open to everybody since everybody wears comfortable clothing and mingle around with everybody, which is a good way to experience Korean culture.

  • Shannon

    Try Spa on the Air at Incheon airport first…if you or her like it..then go to real Jimjilbang

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Shannon – is that airside or landside?

  • Shannon

    Landside. Be reminded to ask for fast track if you fly in premium cabin as the crew won’t offer proactively. And show bring her to the only duty free LV store at ICN near Korean air First class lounge. Give her your favor cridit card to make sure the max cash or points return 🙂

  • Dan

    The W Hotel has a sweet outside long hot tub that overlooks the west side of Seoul. It’s an odd feeling standing a hundred meters or so above the Han river with nothing on. Best to go at night and you might have to stay at the W to enter the Spa.