Try to hold in all of your little schoolgirl giggles, because today I want to open your eyes to the Korean world of saunas. As I told you before, I love saunas, and I’m not the only one! There are cultures all around the world that have saunas and bathhouses engrained into their culture, just as us Brits have football. So here we move onto a Korean sauna, or jjimjilbang.
Korean culture is very communal, where they live together with many people from the family under one roof, so they hold little shame when it comes to walking around in the buff. Korean saunas are usually split up by gender, and sometimes have a clothed common area, where one can take a break from their sauna activities, have a chat and perhaps a snack with some tea. There are even places to nap, and sometimes you can find fitness clubs or Internet café.
Most Korean saunas are located indoors. They typically have a large, enclosed, open area with numerous pools ranging in size (keep it clean people!) and temperature. Koreans feel that it is good for one’s health to drastically change the temperature of the body to fight off illness. So you will see naked sauna goers moving from one hot pool to a cold pool to a boiling hot pool to a frigidly cold pool. They also typically have rooms off to the side for a dry heat room and a separate steam room. Additional services and amenities can be purchased, such as shower shoes, massages (while covered with a towel) and shampoo.