Travel Review & Tips: Dragon Hill Spa (Korean Sauna)

Hi guys! Greetings from a Trazy crew member! 🙂IMG_1434Recently, I went to ‘Dragon Hill Spa‘ and I want to share this experience to all of you who’ve never been to “jjimjilbang (찜질방)“, or a Korean sauna. For more details on Dragon Hill Spa, click here.IMG_1355IMG_1350IMG_1354Located near Yongsan Station Exit 3, you can easily spot Dragon Hill Spa on the right! For directions, click here.IMG_1363By the way, this place is really famous because it was a filming location of ‘Running Man’, a popular Korean comedy program, and other famous TV programs and videos on Youtube as well.IMG_1358So, anyways, the entrance of the Dragon Hill Spa is on the left. On the right side is a restaurant, so don’t get mixed up and enter the wrong building by mistake. 😉IMG_1360This is how the entrance looks, decorated with bamboos. Looks very oriental and exotic.
IMG_1361On the right, there’s an entrance door, and you’ll find a front desk and two staffs (who seemed very, very busy because of so many visitors).

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Photo in courtesy of Dragon Hill Spa

Once you pay or show your Trazy’s voucher, you will receive clothes for a change and a bracelet-like key.

 

Never ever lose the key!!!! This key opens all of your lockers (shoe and clothes) and you can use this key to make a payment when you buy food and snacks at the cafeteria inside the building. If you lose the key, better run up to the front desk and ask for help to the staffs!

So, this is the elevator. For ladies, you should take the elevator and men should enter the passage on the left.IMG_1433Too bad I couldn’t take photos of men’s sauna, but it’ll probably be similar to women’s sauna. Follow the sign and enter!IMG_1379Once you enter, find the locker according to the number written on your key. Change into the clothes that you received from the front (you don’t have to take of your underwear! ;)). Put all your belongings and anything valuable inside the locker!IMG_1378Now, let’s see what kind of facilities there are in Dragon Hill Spa. A cafeteria! Yes! Here, you can purchase delicious food and snacks including eggs!

These eggs are very, very popular and tasty! In other Korean saunas (jjimjilbang), you can usually find just two kinds, boiled eggs and roasted eggs, which Koreans call it as “Maek-ban-seok (Stone-plate Cooked Egg)”. But, in Dragon Hill Spa, you can find 3 kinds! Even I haven’t tried the smoked and charcoal eggs either!IMG_1374Here’s what the eggs look like! Well, I’m not a gourmet…So, they all tasted very similar haha. 😉IMG_1376Koreans usually order “Sikhye (Sweet Rice Drink)” together with the eggs. It is traditional Korean beverage made with rice and has some grains of cooked rice in it. Try a glass of ice cold rice juice after sweating out in the saunas! 100% satisfaction is guaranteed! 😀IMG_1416At the entrance of the public resting zone, you can find the rectangular cushion or pillow. So, grab one of these and lie down, watch TV and enjoy maekbanseok eggs and sikhye with your friends and family.IMG_1420IMG_1421

Anyways, it was kind of surprising to see so many numbers of people at the sauna during the weekday. I guess because Dragon Hill Spa is really famous, there were lots of visitors who were relaxing and enjoying the sauna even though I went at late hours.IMG_1422There are several types of sauna rooms and zones, such as Pyramid Meditation Room, Nephrite Jade Energy Room, and Hinoki Woodland Room, so just choose the right place according to your preference (I would say, the temperature you can withstand)!

Here’s the Crystal Sun Salt Room, and you should watch out for little pebbles (ouch!) on the floor when walking around.
IMG_1402As you can see, there are white pebbles everywhere and they are actually salt!
IMG_1400These salt pebbles are heated up, so watch out! IMG_1405IMG_1404The room was not as hot in temperature wise, but I could feel that my body is perspiring in few minutes. IMG_1386IMG_1391I tried another sauna room, which looks like an igloo. First, I went inside the low-temp room, and it was not that steamy or hot, so I moved to the mid-temp sauna. Man, it was soooo hot! After around 10 mins of sitting, I had to rush outside to get some cool air. Dare you to try sitting inside this room for 20 mins! IMG_1395Don’t like the heat? Then, try this freezing cold ice room! A perfect spot after sweating out in the hot sauna, but you’ll be happy only about 2 mins (I bet) and probably want to get out of this room.
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Here and there, you’ll see these massage chairs. Just put your key and you’ll be accessed to use the massage chair and receive a great leg and body massage 🙂IMG_1426Dragon Hill Spa is a 7-story building by the way, so it means there are plenty other stuffs than sauna to explore and enjoy! IMG_1432On the 7th floor, there’s a Sky Garden and Garden Cinema (but it was too cold outside, so I went back inside ASAP).

Plus, I could see a snack bar and a little karaoke room as well. 😉 IMG_1385Then, I headed down to explore the basement floor, which has Cinema Hall, PC room (internet cafe), Game zone, and a toilet. There’s a little smoking room on the right from this pic, FYI.

There’s even an outdoor hot spring pool, too! And different kinds of spas you can enjoy with your friends or family.

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Photo in courtesy of Dragon Hill Spa

Anyways, there are all sorts of entertainment and facilities inside this building that I think I can spend the whole day if I visited on the weekend.sauna_img021After all the wandering, I finally headed back to women’s sauna zone. Now, it’s time to take the clothes off! You’ll be like OMG or may feel embarrassed to get naked in front of so many people (but seriously, it’s totally fine~nobody really cares). And of course, the public bath is completely separated for men and women!sauna_img004If you’ve forgotten to bring your toiletries , don’t worry. There’s a little store (well actually a counter with a lady) where you can buy all kinds of toiletries (mostly single-use) that you’ll need for a shower or bath (like shampoo, conditioner, cleansing foam, etc).sauna_img003Carry the key and a towel and head downstairs to the ‘real’ public bath where you can take a shower and enjoy a warm refreshing bath!sauna_img006There are also various kinds of bath waters, so try each one! Oh, and don’t forget to take a shower in advance before you step inside the tub, it’s an etiquette. 😉

After sweating out at the sauna, and a cool shower and bath afterward, get prepared to go home! You can freely use complimentary hair dryers, toner and lotion, cotton swab, and etc prepared at the powder section. 😉

Conclusion

IMG_1407Of all the jjimjilbangs that I’ve been to, Dragon Hill Spa was probably one of the best (I can guarantee). So, I highly recommend this place for those who are looking for a new kind of cultural experience and chill-out zone in Seoul. Though taking off clothes and getting to used to a public bath might be awkward at first, you guys will totally enjoy it once you experience the sauna culture in Korea! Plus, this place has great facilities, pleasant atmosphere, and all sorts of entertainments to enjoy! Ticket for Dragon Hill Spa is available here.


HOW TO BOOK
dragon hill spa page

1. Complete your booking.
Select option, date, time, number of participants and checkout to complete your pay.
2. Check your email.
Upon successful booking, a confirmation email with directions and details will be sent to you.
3. Redeem your voucher.
Show the mobile voucher on your phone to the staff & enjoy your trip!

And of course, never forget to visit Trazy.com to find out the latest, newest, trendiest things to do in South Korea! 🙂button3

7 comments

  1. If i booking via trazy aplication..there is only option nighttime from 08.00 pm until 05.00 am..how about if i go there at 12.00 am?it’s still count as nighttime or daytime?

    1. Hello Margiet! If you visit Dragon Hill Spa at 12:00 am during weekdays, it is regarded as night time and therefore you must purchase ‘Night Ticket’. But please keep in mind that this ticket is only available from 8:00 pm until 5:00 am. If you purchase ‘Weekends Ticket’, you can visit anytime on weekends or holidays and spend 12 hours at Dragon Hill Spa. Hope this answers your question! 🙂

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