$15 A NIGHT IN SILOAM SPA (SEOUL)

I spent $60 on accommodation for five days in Seoul!  I stayed at a jimjilbang, Korean spa  with communal showers, hot tubs, massage tables, traditional saunas, resting areas and a food court.

Jimjilbang is a popular sleepover place for family weekend getaways, people who have missed their last train home, ones who are too drunk to go home, husbands who got into fights with their wife, and travelers who can’t find a place to stay.  I wanted to stay for the unique cultural experience.

It was one inexpensive, yet comfortable and relaxing stay.  What better place to detox after all the delicious food you stuff in your tummy and recharge after a long day of walking!

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Front entrance of Siloam Spa. This is a local jimjilbang but I can see that it is starting to be a popular choice for tourists.

 

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The reception area of the women’s changing room.  Don’t worry if you forget any necessities, they have everything you need – toothbrush, face wash, shampoo, soap, underwear etc.

After you pay the admission fee (5000 won for the day and an additional 10,000 won if you spend the night), you leave your shoes in the lockers by the front door and proceed to the reception area of the women’s changing room, where you will be given your locker key, a set of clothes to change into and two small towels.

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The locker was big enough for my backpack.  I unpacked some things to make everything fit in.  There is also a storage room where you can put your big luggage!  You can also leave your passport and valuables in the small lockers at the reception area.

One interesting thing I noticed was they placed all the foreigners in the same area.  Maybe to keep an eye on us to make sure we know what we are doing.  I did see many people almost walking out of the locker room naked thinking that they were heading to the shower room (Yes, I was one of them).   One of the staff will quickly redirect you.

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Directory for the five-story spa

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There are people relaxing in different resting areas around the 5-story spa.

I was pretty excited about finally being able to satisfy this curiosity.  My plan was to stay one night, as I am a very light sleeper and was not sure if I can actually fall asleep with so many people around.   However, I ended spending four nights here.

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Bunk beds

And thanks to these bunk beds, I got a bit more comfort and privacy.  There are big towels that you can use as bed sheets and blankets.  There is a separate room for men.

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There are curtains too! My friend, Emily, in her bunk.
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Snorers, please head that way!

I like how they have an area for snorers.  I did get a neighbor that was snoring one night though! Did she not know about the snorers’ room?!  It didn’t really bother me as I was exhausted from walking all day and was able to sleep well after soaking in the hot tubs!  But in the early hours you will hear alarms going off, as many are probably heading to work.

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The many different sauna rooms with different health benefits.

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Bury your feet in hot pebbles.

You can also get a traditional Korean body scrub, massages, health treatments, facials, haircut, eyelash extensions and manicures.

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I got a one-hour massage, which I absolutely loved!

There is one restaurant on the second floor and a juice/snack stand on the fourth floor.

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Big menu with pictures.  They have soups for hangovers!
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The taste of the food was okay. $5 to $8 a meal.
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Enjoying my sikhye, a very healthy sweet rice drink.
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Massage chairs
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Another resting area

The entertainment floor has a TV room, a gym, a karaoke, a game room and a computer room.

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By the third day, the staff already knew what locker number I was.  I was so familiar with the spa that I was able to help other tourists when they weren’t sure what to do.

Why not try staying at a jimjilbang when you visit Korea?

Information :

Address:  49 Jungnim-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Website:  http://www.silloamsauna.com/

It is a 5 minute walk from Seoul Station exit 1.  Once you step out of the station, you will see Lotte Mall on your left, keep walking along the mall until you get to the end where the parking lot is, take the stairs down.  After that, make a right and walk straight for a few minutes and you will see Siloam Sauna across the street on the left.

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Keep going down this street
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See the red roof?  It is right there. Cross the street, go around the corner and you will see a little slope on your right, leading to the entrance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Pearl

I have always loved traveling but did not venture out on my own until I was in my mid-20s. After my first solo adventure to Vietnam, I have fallen in love with the freedom and exhilaration of traveling alone. I would like to use this blog to document my travels and record memorable stories I do not want to forget. It will be a platform to share useful information and hear about others' experiences and thoughts, not necessarily about travels but also on life in general. Live a simple and meaningful life, enjoy learning along the way, travel the world and explore the unknown!

7 thoughts on “$15 A NIGHT IN SILOAM SPA (SEOUL)”

  1. Hello thank you for your review. It really help me to plan my holiday at seoul..
    I’d like to ask 3 things.
    Do they really have storage room? Because most review in internet mention they only provide small locker.. I am gona arrive at seoul at 1 am, which storage service at station must be closed already. So the availability of luggage room quite very important for me 😀

    2nd question: I am a muslim woman. I only can show face and hand (around wrist) to any man that not relatives. I noticed the clothes given have short sleeve. Do they separate male and female in all services? If yes.. then I dont need to worry 😀

    And the last one .. is that ok to bring our own towel? Since this place only give a very small towel. I am not confident to walk naked (even in front of woman), so using my own big towel seems like a good idea 😀

    Thank you ^^

    1. Hi Fina, I am sorry for the late reply. I have been traveling and haven’t had good internet service. Please let me know if you still need the information (not sure if you have already gone on your trip) and maybe I can email with the answer to your questions.

  2. Thank you for the details 🙂 i wanna ask if we avail the night rate in siloam, can we leave our baggage in there while we explore seoul and then come back again in the night? Thanks!

    1. Yes, you can leave your luggage there and go back again in the night time. Will you be spending another night there or you just want to store your luggage there while you explore the city.

  3. Hi, I actually have over 1/2 day to spare and have a 29″ luggage with me. Any idea if the storage is big enough? Do you know if there are surcharge for luggage storage as well?
    Thanks in advance!

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