No trip to Seoul is complete without visiting a jimjilbang (Korean bathhouse). These complexes are cities unto themselves, with not just hot baths and saunas, but barbers, bars, restaurants, karaoke rooms and cinemas (obviously). This is the drill:
1. Pay at the counter, before collecting spa clothes and heading for a change room.
2. Find your locker (you’ll be handed a key), strip down, attach the key to your wrist, then follow the other naked people to the bath area.
3. Take a shower before trying out the various baths, pools, saunas and leisure spaces. And take your time.
4. Dry off, put on your spa clothes, and head to the ‘fomentation’ room, a mixed gender area where you’ll find amenities (restaurants, sleeping rooms, karaoke and DVD rooms).