Did you decide anything to do in the cold winter while staying in Korea? Then, how about relaxing in a spa or getting some treatment to protect yourself against the harsh weather? There are various options for spas in Korea and there is ‘Jjimjilbang‘, which is a Korean sauna. It is one of the best places to visit in winter in Korea. You can not only stay warm and cozy in the spa but also have a fun time enjoying Korean sauna culture. Now, follow our Korean spa guide to stay warm during winter in Korea!

1. Why Visiting Korean Spa is Great in Winter

There are dozens of merits and reasons for you to visit Korean spas while staying in Korea. Most Korean spa facilities are equipped with sauna and recreational facilities which are called ‘Jjimjilbang’ in Korean. Further,

1) It is a great destination to visit during Winter because it is warm! Feel the temperate vibe in the spa. Particularly in winter, it is very nice to be in warm water while the air outside the bath is chilly.

2) The atmosphere of the spa is relaxing. You can take a rest and spend a mild holiday in the balmy indoors.

3) It is one way of spending winter in Korea at a relatively inexpensive price. On average, the price does not exceed $40 for a single visit. If you skip the spa and only use a usual sauna and bath, the cost range is from $8 to $12.

4) You can experience one of the Korean leisure cultures. Also, most of the Korean spas are equipped with a lot of attractions inside, such as TV, video game machine, coin karaoke box, snack bars, PC room, massaging equipment, a simple gym, and many more!

2. Korean Major Spa & Sauna

1) Dragon Hill Spa

Dragon Hill Spa is one of the beloved spas in Seoul and is especially popular among foreign travelers. The location is great, which is the Yongsan-gu district of central Seoul. Here, you can enjoy a variety of entertainment from video games, cinemas, to outdoor swimming pools!

[Things to Do in Yongsan-gu]

2) O HUI & Whoo Spa

Experience the ultimate royal treatments at the prestigious spa in Myeongdong! You’ll enjoy facial and body esthetic programs that suit your needs and preferences with first-rate cosmetic brands, such as O HUI, The History of Whoo, and SU:M37.

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3) Women’s Only Mud Massage & Sauna

Treat yourself to the transformative power of Boryeong Mud, renowned as one of the world’s finest natural muds. This mud massage session includes a traditional Korean steam room, sauna, and bath experience. The staff is fluent in Japanese, and detailed descriptions are provided in English and Chinese.

[Things to Do in Myeongdong]

4) Busan Centum City Spaland

Centum City Spaland is an upscale spa located within Shinsegae Centum City, officially the world’s largest department store. It offers 22 spas, 13 uniquely theme jjimjilbang and saunas, and an open-air foot spa. Enjoy a complete relaxation experience with traditional saunas, steam baths, and the bi-component natural spring water!

[Things to Do in Busan]

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5) Icheon Termeden Spa


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Icheon Termeden Spa is the first German-style hot spring resort and a relatively newly constructed spa in Korea. Both indoor and outdoor spas are considered to have high qualities, so take full advantage of the underwater massage facilities and a doctor’s fish zone!

[Things to Do in Icheon]

6) Sanbangsan Mountain Carbonate Hot Spring

Sanbangsan Mountain Carbonate Hot Spring is a unique hot spring in Jeju Island where you can dip yourself in a tub of naturally carbonated water. Carbonated water is known to relax your body in various ways. With both indoor and outdoor areas, soak up the freshness from the mountains surrounding the hot spring!

[Things to Do in Jeju Island]

7) Therapy Shangri-La in Jeju

Indulge in a well-deserved treat for your body and soul after a day of exploration in Jeju. Therapy Shangri-La provides a sanctuary for complete relaxation and revitalization. Skilled therapists ensure your massage experience with choices of foot care therapy, sports therapy, and aroma oil therapy.

[Hassel-Free Jeju Tour Packages]

8) Yesan Splas Resom Hot Spring Spa


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Splas Resom Hot Spring Spa & Water Park in Yesan uses Deoksan natural hot spring water. This indoor/outdoor spa offers special hot springs and water activities from thrilling water slides, wave pools, to spa zones with various themes. It’s highly recommended for those who want to relax and have fun!

9) Cimer at Paradise City

Cimer at Paradise City is a pool and spa complex located in Incheon. You can not only enjoy the European-style pools but also the Korean-style sauna in the complex. From a luxurious spa zone to a calm zone, the place can accommodate individual preferences.

[Things to Do in Incheon]

10) Woongjin Playdoci Water Park

Woongjin Playdoci Water Park is a great attraction for family travelers with kids. You can have fun even in winter both indoors and outdoors. Numerous theme park facilities that kids love are waiting. After you enjoy the water park, do not miss out on unwinding in the sauna!

3. Jjimjilbang Culture: What People Do in Korean Sauna

You will be given a T-shirt and shorts when entering. Then, you will get those clothes if you want to go to the public main hall where sauna rooms and recreational facilities are located.

1) Try Sheep’s Head with Towels


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Using towels you were given, make cute shapes like a sheep’s head, wear them, and take some quirky photos! It will enrich your experience in the Korean sauna.

2) Have Tasty Food: From traditional sweet rice drinks To stone-plate cooked egg


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Dozens of Korean snacks are waiting for you! Typical foods that people eat in the main hall are Sikhye which is a Korean traditional drink made of rice, ramen(instant noodles), stone-plate cooked egg, stone-plate grilled dried squid, seaweed soup, stir-fried pork, and powder made of mixed grains. You know what? Believe me, those foods are so good especially when having fun in the sauna!

3) Take a Nap

After a hard, exhausting day, take some naps in a Korean sauna. By doing so, you will recover from fatigue. There are sleeping rooms inside, and some have separate ones for women and men. By the way, most Korean saunas are open 24 hours a day. Some people occasionally stay overnight since it’s cheaper than staying at a hotel. However, it is not so recommended to sleep the whole night here.

4) Work up a Sweat

Go inside several sauna rooms, temperatures of which range from around 20℃ to over 80℃. If you sweat a lot in the sauna, it will stimulate the circulation of the blood and heal your mind and body at the same time. But, if you have high blood pressure and heart disease or if you are pregnant, be careful not to stay too long.

5) Wash up the Dirt

In baths, scrub off the dirt with a bath towel and you will feel refreshed. But do not rub your skin too hard!

6) Warm Yourself with a Hot Bath

There are a few bathtubs of public bathhouses in the sauna facility. Soak yourself in warm or hot water and unwind the body. Isn’t it so great to do in winter?


Hope our Korean spa guide is useful to your winter holiday plan. By spending some time in the spa and sauna, you can have a warm, memorable winter. For further information about things to do during winter in Korea, visit Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop!

Photo Credits:
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