BATH TIME

GQ (Australia) - - TASTE + TRAVEL -

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).

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