Heal your Body and Mind at Aquafield Jjimjil Spa
Be prepared to be surprised at Starfield Hanam’s high-end spa and sauna facility, Aquafield Jjimjil Spa! This modern-style sauna facility opened recently on September 9 along with Starfield Hanam. Aquafield Jjimjil Spa is gaining reputation for its luxurious interior and diverse sauna rooms in nine different themes.
Aquafield Jjimjil Spa has also captured the hearts of international tourists. Meet Tatiana from Russia who says jjimjil-bang (sauna) comes into mind during cold winter months, and Pei Chun from Taiwan who visits the jjimjil-bang anytime there’s a chance. Both girls gave two thumbs up after their experience. Read on to follow Tatiana and Pei Chun in their exploration of Aquafield Jjimjil Spa!
TIP) Get to Know Aquafield Jjimjil Spa
Aquafield Jjimjil Spa focuses on the concept of “Feeling and Healing” and their facilities can be categorized into sauna rooms, lounges for relaxation, and food and beverage facilities for meals and snacks.
A Must-try, Unique Sauna Experience
Become One with Nature in the Cypress Room
The Cypress Room has a relatively low temperature compared to other sauna rooms. It also gives a bright and lively impression overall with its eco-friendly interior. The phytoncide from the wooden cypress and the video of forests offers a perfect mood to relax and rest for the young and old alike.
360-Degree Panoramic Visual Pleasure in the Media Art Room
Although the name itself is self-explanatory, it’s not easy to guess how media art relates to the sauna until you step into this room. Media Art Room will fascinate visitors at first sight with its shades of blue. The room’s ceiling features a 360-degree panoramic image where visitors can gaze at the awe-inspiring view of stars and auroras while they relax either by sitting or lying on the sofa lining the walls.
Have Fun with Vapor in the Cloud Room
You might get bored spending a long period of time in any other sauna room, but you’ll have no such worries in the Cloud Room! The vapors seeping out from the wall and the cloud-like shapes they form will intrigue you as you pass time here. Along with the delicate aroma floating in the air, the Cloud Room guarantees a peaceful and relaxing comfort.
Vitalize your Skin in the Salt Room
As one of the hottest sauna rooms, the Salt Room uses a special ingredient to boost its effect – Himalayan rock salts! The rock salts have health benefits for the skin, such as removing dead skin cells, preventing eczema, and more. Relax in the Salt Room for a natural skin care opportunity.
Refresh Yourself in the Charcoal Room
Although the room may resemble an igloo with its dome-shaped structure, take one step inside and you will be surprised at the heat radiating out from the charcoal briquettes decorating the interior ceiling and upper walls. The charcoal emits anions that purify the air and improve body constitution, leaving you feeling light and refreshed.
Enjoy Food at the Jjimjil-bang!
Explore the Food and Beverage Outlet
If you get hungry while at the sauna facilities, there’s no need to worry as you can find dining options within the building. There are three areas to choose from – Aquafield’s food court Select the Table, the original handmade hamburger franchise Johnny Rocket, and the snack bar Spa Snacks.
Popular Snacks Served in Jjimjil-bangs
There is plenty of food to enjoy at the jjimjil-bang, but must-try snacks for first-timers are none other than roasted eggs and sikhye (sweet rice drink). This is the most popular combination of snacks among Koreans who visit jjimjil-bang. The roasted egg has a unique flavor and texture different from an ordinary boiled egg, and a sip of cool sikye increases the flavor of the egg. Sikhye is a perfect partner to the egg as it supplies your body with fluids and washes away the thickness of the egg.
TIP) Playing a game with eggs
Koreans enjoy using the roasted eggs to play a game of rock-paper-scissors with their friends. The winner gets to break the eggshell by hitting the egg on to the opponent’s head. Why not give it a try with your friends as well?
Enjoy the Jjimjil-bang’s Other Facilities
Personal Comfort in the Relax Room
Visit the Relax Room, a healing spot where children are not allowed. About 60 recliners are prepared with individual TVs for optimized comfort and relaxation. The view from the Relax Room is enjoyable as well. One side of the wall is made of floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a wide view of the surrounding environment. An hour or two will pass by in the blink of an eye while you watch TV or take in the view outside.
Enjoy the View and Foot Spa Together at the Outdoor Foot Spa
If you feel like getting some fresh air, try out the foot spa outside. The Outdoor Foot Spa is open to everyone for free and you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Hangang River while you dip your feet in the warm, soothing waters.
TIP) Worried about using the foot spa during colder weather?
If you find the weather to be too cold to fully enjoy the experience of the outdoor foot spa, stop by the foot spa entrance. Here you can find padded coats to use for free while soaking your feet.
15 Minutes of Heaven on the Massage Chair
Our last recommendation for the jjimjil-bang tour is the massage chairs. With a small fee of 2,500 to 3,000 won, you get to enjoy a full-body massage for 15 minutes, from your shoulders all the way down to your feet. Let go of your tension as you relax on the chair and by the time the massage is finished, you will feel refreshed and stress-free.
Two Girls’ Feedback after a Day at the Jjimjil-bang!
Pei Chun’s (left) Comment: I’ve been to several Jjimjil-bangs before but this is by far the most luxurious jjimjil-bang that I’ve been to. All of the sauna rooms have their own strengths, but I personally found the Media Art Room most impressive. It’s equipped with facilities that can’t be found in any other jjimjil-bang, and not only was it visually entertaining, but it was pleasing to other senses as well.
Tatiana’s (right) Comment: Actually, I wasn’t feeling very well before coming since I caught a cold recently. But after spending the day at the jjimjil-bang, my body feels lighter and refreshed. I definitely recommend jjimjil-bangs, especially for tourists who are visiting Korea in this cold weather.
☞ Address: Starfield Hanam 3F-4F, 750, Misa-daero, Hanam-si, Gyeonggi-do
• Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 7. Walk approx. 1 min. to Jamsil Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 9302 to Starfield Hanam Parking Lot Bus Stop → Walk approx. 1 min. to Starfield Hanam.
• Paldang Station (Gyeonggui-Jungang Line), Exit 1. Walk approx. 1 min to Paldang Station Bus Stop → Take Maeul Bus No. 50 to Starfield Hanam Bus Stop → Walk approx. 2 min. to Starfield Hanam.
☞ Operating hours: Sauna & Spa 06:00-24:00, Water Park 10:00-19:00
※ Admission is valid for a maximum of 6 hours. Additional fee of 5,000 won will be charged per hour after the initial 6 hours.
※ Outdoor water park is temporarily not in operation and is expected to open in December.
Sauna & Spa: Weekends – Adults 22,000 won, Children 18,000 won / Weekdays – Adults 20,000 won, Children 16,000 won
Water Park: Adults 28,000 won, Children 23,000 won
※ Adults: 13 yrs old and above, Children: 3-12 yrs old
※ Besides admission, service fees for Aquafield facilities (F&B outlets, massage chairs, etc.) are payable before leaving at the cashier window on 4F.
☞ Website: www.aquafield-ssg.co.kr (Korean only)
☞ Related Page: Experience Korea's Unique Culture, "Jjimjil-bang"
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Korea Tourism Organization website