Luxurious winter at Korea’s spas & hot springs

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Firewood sauna at Dragon Hill Spa. Photo courtesy of Korea Tourism Organization
Firewood sauna at Dragon Hill Spa. Photo courtesy of Korea Tourism Organization

Luxurious winter at Korea’s spas & hot springs

by: Korea Tourism Organization | .
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published: January 08, 2019

Spas are popular attractions during winter in Korea as visitors can soak in soothing, warm water. Spas offering massage facilities can be found in hotels and shopping malls within metropolitan areas. For more active fun, water parks open year-round are the best choice, with indoor and outdoor pools using mineral water to please both children and adults. This winter, get some much needed R&R at one of Korea’s spas or hot springs.

Top-class hotel spas
 
V Spa at VISTA Walkerhill Seoul
VISTA Walkerhill Seoul, Walkerhill’s redesigned hotel, offers a luxurious spa experience at V Spa, using outstanding products from the Swiss brand Valmont. The spa features a total of twelve rooms, including single-person rooms and rooms for couples. Guests will enjoy personalized care from the best in spa service.
 
- Address: VISTA Walkerhill Seoul 2F, 177, Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 
- Directions: Gwangnaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5). Take a taxi for approx. 5 min.
- Operating hours: 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. / Open all year round (May vary by facility and reservation schedule)
- Fees: Vary depending on massage hours and available programs. Refer to the official website for details.
- Inquiries: +82-2-2022-0405 (Korean, English) 
On-site registration is available, but making a reservation 7 days in advance via phone is advised. 
Availability of foreign language assistance will vary by staff work schedule.
- Website: www.walkerhill.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Guerlain Spa at Hotel Shilla
Spas are popular attractions during winter in Korea as visitors can soak in soothing, warm water. Spas offering massage facilities can be found in hotels and shopping malls within metropolitan areas. For more active fun, water parks open year-round are the best choice, with indoor and outdoor pools using mineral water to please both children and adults. This winter, get some much needed R&R at one of Korea’s spas or hot springs.
 
- Address: Hotel Shilla 3F, 249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 
- Directions: Dongguk Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5. Walk approx. 10 min
- Operating hours: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. / Open all year round (May vary by facility and reservation schedule)
- Fees: Vary depending on massage hours and available programs. Refer to the official website for details.
- Inquiries: +82-2-2230-1167 (Korean, English, Japanese) 
Reservation around 7 days in advance via phone is advised for spa programs. 
Availability of foreign language assistance will vary by staff work schedule.
- Website: www.shilla.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul
Banyan Tree Spa is one of the top luxury spas in Asia and is famous for its range of massage and spa services, which are inspired by ancient Oriental treatment methods. The spa features 11 treatment rooms, with private bathrooms and rest areas attached to each room. The rain mist suite room in particular offers the unique spa experience of a tropical mist. All treatments focus on offering a pleasing experience to all five senses.
 
- Address: Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul The Club 3F, 60, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
- Directions: Dongguk Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Walk approx. 15 min
- Operating hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. / Open all year round (May vary by facility and reservation schedule)
- Fees: Vary depending on massage hours and available programs. Refer to the official website for details.
- Inquiries: +82-2-2250-8115,8116 (Korean, English, Japanese) 
On-site registration is available, but making a reservation 3-4 days in advance via phone is advised. 
Availability of foreign language assistance will vary by staff work schedule.
- Website: www.banyantreeclub.com (Korean, English)
 
The SPA at Grand Hyatt Seoul
Designed as a “garden in the city,” Grand Hyatt Seoul‘s The SPA offers high-quality hotel spa services at comparatively affordable prices. Customers receive a program that is personally designed to suit their preferences and physical condition, choosing from traditional treatment, detox cleansing, soothing massage or the variety of other programs available.
 
- Address: Grand Hyatt Seoul B1, 322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 
- Directions: Hangangjin Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1. Walk approx. 15 min
- Operating hours: 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. / Open all year round (May vary by facility and reservation schedule)
- Fees: Vary depending on massage hours and available programs. Refer to the official website for details.
- Inquiries: +82-2-799-8808 (Korean, English, Japanese) 
On-site registration is available, but making a reservation 3-4 days in advance via phone is advised. 
Availability of foreign language assistance will vary by staff work schedule.
- Website: www.hyatt.com (Korean, English)
 
Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul
The spa at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul uses a mix of classical therapy and modern treatments to find the equilibrium of guests’ body and mind. All treatments, including body massages and facials, use essential oils and healthy components extracted from plants. The hotel offers a plethora of treatments, including the highlight spa that varies with each season, signature treatment of a relaxing day at the spa, personalized special treatments, and more.
 
- Address: Four Seasons Hotel Seoul 10F, 97, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 
- Directions: Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 7. Walk approx. 5 min.
- Operating hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. / Open all year round (May vary by facility and reservation schedule)
- Fees: Vary depending on massage hours and available programs. Refer to the official website for details.
- Inquiries: +82-2-6388-5000 (Korean, English) 
On-site registration is available, but making a reservation 3-4 days in advance via phone is advised. 
Availability of foreign language assistance will vary by staff work schedule.
- Website: www.fourseasons.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Unique urban spas 

Cheongkwanjang SPA G
Cheongkwanjang SPA G is a spa facility launched by KGC (The Korea Ginseng Corp.), the leading producer of high quality hongsam (red ginseng) products under the brand name CheongKwanJang. Cheongkwanjang SPA G is known for their Hongsam Energy Spa that offers special care treatments for beauty and the immune system alike, making one’s skin feel soft and toned after the treatment. Spa programs include single programs for body, face, back and foot, as well as package programs for various treatment courses.
 
- Address: 
- Daechi Branch: KT&G Tower B2, 416, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Myeong-dong Branch: Hotel Skypark Central B1, 16, Myeongdong 9-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 
- Haeundae Branch: Daum Building 6F, 277, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
- Directions: 
- Daechi Branch: Samsung Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2. Walk approx. 5 min 
- Myeong-dong Branch: Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2),  Exit 5. Walk approx. 5 min 
- Haeundae Branch: Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2),  Exit 1. Walk approx. 10 min
- Operating hours: 9:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. / Open all year round (May vary by facility and reservation schedule)
- Fees: Vary depending on massage hours and available programs. Refer to the official website for details.
- Inquiries: 
- Daechi Branch: +82-2-557-8030 (Korean, English, Japanese) 
- Myeong-dong Branch: +82-2-755-8031 (Korean, English, Japanese) 
- Haeundae Branch: +82-51-747-8036 (Korean, English, Japanese)
On-site registration is available, but making a reservation 4-5 days in advance via phone is advised. 
Availability of foreign language assistance will vary by staff work schedule.
- Website: www.spag.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Aquafield at Starfield Hanam
Aquafield is located inside Starfield Hanam where one can refresh both body and mind. Aquafield offers a water park, sauna and spa facilities to entertain visitors. The water park is especially popular thanks to the infinity pool. A variety of additional pools are prepared for all ages to enjoy and sauna rooms built in different themes, such as charcoal, yellow clay, cypress tree, salt, and clouds, offer much to see and experience.
 
- Address: Starfield Hanam 4F, 750, Misa-daero, Hanam-si, Gyeonggi-do 
- Directions: Paldang Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line). Take a taxi for approx. 10 min
- Operating hours: - Water Park: Indoor 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. / Outdoor 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
- Sauna & Spa: Weekdays 8 a.m. - midnight / Weekends & public holidays  6 a.m. - midnight
- Admission: Six hour standard basis (Additional 5,000 won charged for each hour over) 
- Water Park: Adults 38,000 won / Children 30,000 won 
- Spa & Sauna: Weekdays: Adults 20,000 won / Children 16,000 won
Weekends & public holidays: Adults 22,000 won / Children 18,000 won
Children ages 3-12; infants under 36 months free admission
- Website: www.aquafield-ssg.co.kr (Korean only)
 
Yongsan Dragon Hill Spa
Dragon Hill Spa is a large jjimjilbang & spa facility offering the chance to try a variety of sauna experiences at a great price. This eight-story facility is equipped with a wide range of amenities, including themed saunas, spas, massage rooms, and open-air bathing pools. Most notably, the spa features a grand, decorative interior and a large hardwood charcoal sauna, which is heated and scented through the use of traditional oak wood burning. Other facilities include a swimming pool and a fitness center.
 
- Address: 40, Hangang-daero 21na-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
- Directions: 
- Yongsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 1. Walk approx. 5 min
- Sinyongsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3. Walk approx. 5 min
- Operating hours: Open 24 hours, all year round (May vary by facility)
- Admission: Twelve hour standard basis (Additional 1,000 won charged for each hour over) 
- Weekdays: Daytime 12,000 won / Overnight 15,000 won 
- Weekends & public holidays: Daytime 14,000 won / Nighttime 15,000 won 
Daytime 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. / Overnight 8 p.m. - 5 a.m. 
Infants under 24 months of age: 6,000 won
- Inquiries:
+82-2-792-0001 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) 
Availability of foreign language assistance will vary by staff work schedule.
- Website: www.dragonhillspa.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Spa Land Centum City
Spa Land is located within Shinsegae Centum City, allowing for a relaxing spa experience along with shopping. This traditional Korean thermal spa uses two kinds of water: carbonated spring water from 1,000m deep underground, and salt spring water from 560m below ground. Spa Land has 22 bathing pools including a children’s tub, 13 themed jjimjilbangs (Korean saunas), and an outdoor foot spa area, making it the perfect place for the whole family to relax and enjoy.
 
- Address: Shinsegae Centum City 1F, 35, Centumnam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan 
- Directions: Centum City Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 12. Walk approx. 5 min
- Operating hours: 6 a.m. - midnight (Last admission 10:30 p.m.) / Open all year round (Subject to change)
- Admission: Four hour standard basis (Additional 3,000 won charged for each hour over) 
- Weekdays:  Adults 15,000 won / Teenagers & Children 12,000 won 
- Weekends & public holidays:  Adults 18,000 won / Teenagers & Children 15,000 won
- Morning & evening discount: Weekdays 10,000 won / Weekends & public holidays 13,000 won
Morning admission applies before 9 a.m.; Evening admission applies after 10 p.m. 
Children must be 7 years of age or older to enter (Elementary school students must be accompanied by a guardian) 
Admission will be extended up to six hours when spending over 10,000 won within the spa.
- Inquiries: 
+82-51-745-2900 (Korean, English) 
Availability of foreign language assistance will vary by staff work schedule.
- Website: www.shinsegae.com/store/spa (Korean only)

Hot spring water parks

Vivaldi Park Ocean World
With a theme of an oasis in the middle of the Egyptian desert, Vivaldi Park Ocean World’s facilities are divided into 5 main areas – Indoor Zone, Wave Pool Zone, Extreme Zone, Dynamic Zone, and Megaslide Zone. Visitors can enjoy a variety of pools and slides and relax at the therapy center and sauna rooms at the Indoor Zone as well as go for an adventurous thrill ride on a 2.4m gigantic wave at the Extreme Zone.
 
- Address: 262, Hanchigol-gil, Seo-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do 
- Directions: 
- Take the free shuttle bus from the City Airport Logis & Travel (CALT) at Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), exit 5 (Departure time 8:30 a.m.)
- Take the free shuttle bus from Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 3 (Departure time 11 a.m. )
Shuttle bus reservations can be made through the Vivaldi Park website
- Operating hours (Indoor facility): 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Hours subject to change depending on period of the year.
- Admission: 
- All-day pass: Adults & Teenagers 45,000 won / Children 35,000 won
- Afternoon pass: Adults & Teenagers 35,000 won / Children 25,000 won 
Afternoon pass begins from 2 p.m.
Fees may vary by period and operating hours.
- Website: www.daemyungresort.com/oceanworld (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Resom Spa Castle (Chunchunhyang)
Resom Spa Castle is a four-season recreational spa facility known for its multicultural water therapy theme, combining the benefits of European, Southeast Asian, Japanese and American spa treatments. Chunchunhyang, one of the most famous spa facilities in Resom Spa Castle, is said to make your skin healthier with its 40-49 degrees Celsius germanium hot spring water. The spa complex has a super-sized waterslide, wave pool, lazy river, walking path, and much more. There are over 20 different indoor and outdoor pools including a green tea pool, sulfur pool, and herbal pool.
 
- Address: 45-7, Oncheondanji 3-ro, Deoksan-myeon, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
- Directions: Take a taxi from Sapgyo Station for approx. 15 min
- Operating hours (Chunchunhyang):
- Weekdays: Indoor & Outdoor 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
- Weekends & public holidays: Indoor 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. / Outdoor 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Hours subject to change during peak season
- Admission: Adults & Teenagers 48,000 won / Children 33,000 won 
Fees subject to change during peak season 
Use of sauna only: Adults & Teenagers 10,000 won / Children 6,000 won
- Website: www.resom.co.kr (Korean only)
 
Caribbean Bay
Caribbean Bay is a tropical-themed water park that features an indoor swimming pool, hot springs, saunas, and an outdoor lazy river. As the largest water park in Korea, it employs the latest spa technology and provides visitors with a unique combination of heart-pounding rides and relaxing spas and saunas.
 
- Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, 
Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
- Directions: Jeondae∙Everland Station (Yongin Everline), Exit 3. Take the free shuttle bus from Parking Lot No. 5.
- Operating hours (Indoor facility): Weekdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Weekends & public holidays 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Hours change frequently; please refer to the website before visiting.
- Admission: 
- All-day pass: Adults & Teenagers 42,000 won / Children 33,000 won
- Afternoon pass: Adults & Teenagers 36,000 won / Children 28,000 won
Afternoon pass begins from 2:30 p.m. 
Fees subject to change; please refer to the website before visiting.
- Inquiries:
+82-31-320-5000 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) 
Availability of foreign language assistance will vary by staff work schedule.
- Website: www.everland.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Daemyung Resort Cheonan Water Park
Daemyung Resort Cheonan Water Park was created based on the theme of the Norwegian Vikings and European culture, taking its inspiration from places such as Venice, Italy; Santorini, Greece; and Santa’s Village in Finland. The resort has a wide range of pools using top quality hot spring water piped from Cheonan. More health benefits are added by carbonating the water, increasing the calcium, potassium, magnesium, and mineral contents. Visitors will be able to feel their skin become more smooth and silky after a dip in these pools. Moreover, there are indoor/outdoor pools available throughout the year, open-air pools, and an array of indoor waterslides.
 
- Address: 200, Jonghaphyuyangji-ro, Seongnam-myeon, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do 
- Directions: Cheonan-Asan Station, Exit 3. Cross the street and take the free shuttle bus / 9:30 a.m. , 3:50 p.m.
- Additional buses on weekends: 12:20 p.m. , 5:20 p.m.
- Operating hours: (Indoor facility) 
- Weekdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  (Sauna 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. / Outdoor hot spring 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. ) 
- Weekends & public holidays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.   
(Sauna Saturday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. / Outdoor hot spring 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Hours may differ for other facilities.
- Hours subject to change depending on period of the year.
- Admission: 
- Weekday pass: Adults & Teenagers 37,000 won / Children 27,000 won
- Weekend pass: Adults & Teenagers 40,000 won / Children 30,000 won
- Afternoon pass: Adults & Teenagers 30,000 won / Children 25,000 won
- Fees subject to change depending on time
and period of the year.
- Website: www.daemyungresort.com/ca (Korean only)
 
Phoenix Blue Canyon
Phoenix Blue Canyon is an ideal location for enjoying the fresh mountain air and pristine water coming from Gangwon-do’s mountainous terrain. The water park’s design is based on the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea. Among the water park’s many exciting amusements is the nation’s first indoor-outdoor waterslide. The slide starts inside, but through a series of twists and turns, ends up making its final drop into a pool outside. After enjoying the indoor facilities, be sure to check out the outdoor spa zone for a unique winter experience.
 
- Address: Phoenix Park Pyeongchang, 174, Taegi-ro, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do 
- Directions: Take the shuttle bus from Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 1. (Departure time 9:30 a.m.)
Shuttle bus reservations can be made through the Phoenix Park website / Bus fare: One-way 12,000 won (On-site 15,000 won), Round-trip 24,000 won (On-site 30,000 won)
Approx. 15 min by taxi from Jangpyeong Bus Stop
- Operating hours:
- Weekdays: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
- Saturdays & the day before public holidays: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Sundays & public holidays: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Hours subject to change depending on period of the year.
- Admission: 
- All-day pass: Adults & Teenagers 40,000 won / Children 34,000 won
- Afternoon pass: Adults & Teenagers 34,000 won / Children 29,000 won
- Night pass: Adults & Teenagers 28,000 won / Children 24,000 won
Afternoon pass begins from 2 p.m. / Night pass begins from 5 p.m.
Fees subject to change depending on day of the week and period of the year.
- Website: www.phoenixpark.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Seorak Waterpia
Seorak Waterpia is located within Hanwha Resort Seorak, putting it in close proximity to the East Sea and Seoraksan National Park,one of Korea’s most popular travel destinations. Seorak Waterpia is a year-round spa theme park that features spa facilities supplied with 100% all-natural hot spring water, and exciting water rides. Thanks to its natural water quality, this spa was designated as a health spa. Another draw for Seorak Waterpia is that all of its water park attractions are supplied with thermal spa water. It also has various entertaining attractions such as an indoor wave pool and outdoor spa facilities.
 
- Address: Hanhwa Resort Seorak, 88, Misiryeong-ro 2983 beon-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
- Directions: Take a taxi from Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal or Sokcho Express Bus Terminal for approx. 20 min
- Operating hours: -10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. / Open all year round (May vary by season)
- Admission: 
- All-day pass : Adults 55,000 won / Children 43,000 won 
- Afternoon pass : Adults 46,500 won / Children 36,500 won 
- Evening pass : Adults 27,500 won / Children 21,500 won 
- Use of sauna only: Adults 12,000 won / Children 10,000 won (Sauna hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.)
- Afternoon pass begins from 4 p.m. /  Night pass begins from 7 p.m.
- Website: www.hanwharesort.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Asan Spavis
Asan Spavis is a health-based water park that offers water therapy and a spa bath that contains all-natural organic ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate, beneficial in reducing cellulite and helpful in regenerating important body cells. It also has an outdoor water park that has exciting slides and other fun activities.
 
- Address: 67, Asanoncheon-ro 157beon-gil, Eumbong-myeon, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
- Directions: Take a taxi from Onyangoncheon Station for approx. 20 min
- Operating hours: (Indoor Bade Pool & Outdoor Hot Spring) 
- Weekdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. / 10 a.m.  - 5 p.m. 
(Sauna 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) 
- Weekends & public holidays: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. /  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.  (Sauna 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. ) 
- Hours may differ for other facilities. 
- Hours subject to change depending on period of the year.
- Admission (Water park + hot spring): 
- Weekdays: Adults & Teenagers 37,000 won / Children 28,000 won
- Weekends: Adults & Teenagers 44,000 won) / Children 33,000 won
- Use of sauna only: Adults & Teenagers 9,000 won / Children 7,000 won
- Fees subject to change depending on time and period of the year.
- Website: www.spavis.co.kr (Korean only)
 
Paradise Spa Dogo
Paradise Spa Dogo is located in Asan, a region that has long been famous for its hot springs. The spa’s alkaline water that is extracted from 300m deep underground contains sulfur and is known to be highly effective for brightening skin, smoothing wrinkles, and preventing hair loss. 
A gigantic bade pool equipped with massage jets is another highlight feature here, proven to offer countless health benefits through its streams of bubbles emitted to spa bathers. Swimming in thermal spa water is not only great for your health, but also a fun activity in combination with the spa’s myriad of sauna facilities and water rides.
 
- Address: 176, Dogooncheon-ro, Dogo-myeon, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
- Directions: Take a taxi from Dogooncheon Station for approx. 10 min
- Operating hours:
- Spa
Monday-Thursday: Indoor 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. / Outdoor 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Friday-Sunday & public holidays: Indoor 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.  / Outdoor 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.  
- Hot Spring Bath: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. / Friday 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. / Weekends & public holidays 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- Hours subject to change during summer peak season (July- August)
- Admission: 
- Spa 
Weekdays: Adults 37,000 won / Children 31,000 won 
Weekends & public holidays: Adults 42,000 won / Children 36,000 won 
18,000 won for all ages after 6 p.m. on Friday-Sunday & public holidays 
- Hot Spring Bath 
Weekdays: Adults 10,000 won / Children 8,000 won 
Weekends & public holidays: Adults 12,000 won / Children 9,000 won 
Fees subject to change during summer peak season (July- August)
- Website: www.paradisespa.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)
 
 
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