As a side note, there's no sauna-only ticket option, so everyone gets 3 extra fluffy towels and a set of
clothes. The locker room isn't really much different from another nice sauna's locker room. The lockers are
full-size, and have shelves and a jewellery rack inside.
In the bathing area you'll start to notice the stark beauty and opulence of the place: lots of small baths,
each of a different temperature. In the center of the room are the naturally-fed hot springs. One is sodium
chloride (salt, benefiting the muscles and joints, as well as other body systems), the second is sodium
bicarbonate (baking soda, said to "improve beauty of the skin"). Both have the added benefit of reducing the
amount of water absorbed by the skin due to higher concentrations of salts in the water, so you don't prune up!
There’s also a massaging tub (around 38 degrees with varied positions and a cave), a cool tub (~25 degrees),
a cold tub (18 degrees), 2 dry sauna rooms, and an outdoor spa (women's sauna only). Outdoors are two more
naturally fed pools. They are pretty hot - welcome in cooler months, though. The outdoor area is covered by
a slatted wood dome to maintain privacy. Next to the entrance from the locker room, they provide soaps and
natural sea salt to scrub or soak your skin with, and all showers are stocked with shampoo and body wash.
You can also pay for anything in the jjimjilbang with your locker key, so don't bother bringing any money up.
Once you venture down the hall towards the jjimjilbang you'll be transported to the hotel style area. Here
is a list of the rooms available to you here, with some descriptions.
Charcoal Room - 참숯방
Ice Room - 아이스방 / 어름방
Yellow Ocher Room - Hwang-to / 황토방: Hot, but comfortably dry.
Hammam Room – 하맘룸: Meant to replicate a Turkish-style bath sauna.
Bali Room – 발리룸: An open area with soft floor-mattresses where you can congregate with your friends and loved
ones and talk freely.
Pyramid room: Angled walls for a relaxing mood.
Roman Room – 로만룸: Replicates the feeling of a traditional Roman sauna room. Warm and very humid, like Korean
summers. Stand over the steamer in the center with your towel over your head for max effect.
Body Sound Room: Raised platforms which vibrate with the bass in the calming background music. Bonus fake bamboo
along the walls.
Wave Dream Room: Places to lay along the sides, and from the middle lights are reflected through water waves for
a meditative, colourful view on the ceiling.
SEV Room: Therapeutic ions emitted into semi-private, wooden 2-seater benches lit by dim coloured lights.
Relax Room: An amazing 3-tiered arc-shaped space with reclining leather chairs together by two's, each one equipped
with it's own mini TV!
Outdoor Foot Spa: In the chilly months, don one of the quilted jackets at the entrance to this patio with various
temperatures of walking- and soaking-foot-tubs with seats for small or large groups, singles, or couples.
Massage & therapy, a nail shop, cafes & beverages, a restaurant, DVD & PC areas, and business rooms are also found
here. The restaurant is opulent and offers some great cuisine other jjimjilbang don't (udon with fried Japanese foods,
bulgogi stew - even the simple Korean foods are high-quality). The therapy room looks top-notch, and the DVD theatre
is also fitted with reclining chairs. Premium.
I highly recommend this place for a special treat - best enjoyed with friends, guests, or in a couple. Off you go!
Directions to Shinsegae Spa Land: Located right outside the Centum City subway stop on line 2, exit 12.
Address: Busan, Haeundae Gu, Woo 1-dong, 1495 Centum City, 1st-3rd floor
신세계백화점, 부산광역시 해운대구 우1동 1495 센텀시티, 1-3층
Opening Hours: 6:00 - 24:00 - Note: Not open 24 hours, so you cannot sleep overnight here!
Basic: weekday - 12,000 won / weekend* - 14,000 won
Early Bird (before 8am): weekday - 7,000 won / weekend* - 9,000 won
Night Owl (after 8pm): Sun-Thurs -7,000 won / after 10pm Fri, Sat - 9,000 won
* Sat, Sun, & holidays
If you want to save a little money, go early in the morning (12,000 won is reduced to 9,000 won and lines for anything
will be much less frustrating). During the week there are generally no lines for showers, rooms or any other feature.
Arriving at 9pm also gives you a discount as you have fewer than 3 hours to enjoy the facilities. Should you stay longer
than 3 hrs, you can expect to pay an extra 1,000 won or more.
To see Sonja’s full review, as well as many other great Korean spa reviews, please visit
Saunas in Korea.