Peace in Body and Mind

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BATHING IN HOT SPRING WA­TER, or on­cheonsu, and par­tak­ing in spa ac­tiv­i­ties has long been loved by Kore­ans even from an­cient times. This unique cul­ture is of­ten seen as med­i­cal treat­ment due to the proven ef­fec­tive­ness in re­liev­ing stress, as well as help­ing to re­cover one’s body from fa­tigue, mus­cu­lar pain and many oth­ers ail­ments. The long list of ben­e­fits of Korean saunas have led to a grow­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors from abroad to in­clude a spa ac­tiv­ity in their itin­er­ary, thus more fa­cil­i­ties are open­ing in many re­gions around the coun­try.

Hot Springs (on­cheon)

Korea of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of hot spring fa­cil­i­ties: con­ve­niently-lo­cated ur­ban on­cheon, health-cen­tered re­ju­ve­na­tion on­cheon, open-air on­cheon with views of the tran­quil nat­u­ral sur­round­ings, up­scale spa re­sorts where one can de-stress in a sooth­ing en­vi­ron­ment, and even wa­ter park-in­te­grated hot springs that have a va­ri­ety of fun wa­ter rides. Over­all, these di­verse themed on­cheon fa­cil­i­ties pro­vide “heal­ing” get­aways ef­fec­tive in treat­ing der­mati­tis, as­suag­ing symp­toms re­lated to sleep de­pri­va­tion, high blood pres­sure, neu­ral­gia and more. Even kings of the Joseon Era stopped and came to rest at these hot spring des­ti­na­tions listed be­low dur­ing their long jour­neys. Hot springs can be found through­out dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the coun­try, al­low­ing trav­el­ers to soak in and re­lieve stress away from home.


Although hot springs are lo­cated near al­most ev­ery ma­jor tourist attraction, they do not al­ways come with ac­com­mo­da­tions or high-end per­sonal ser­vices. As such, vis­i­tors look­ing for­ward to qual­ity ser­vice and ex­clu­sive treat­ment may opt for spa fa­cil­i­ties. Vis­i­tors can en­joy leisure spa baths with spe­cial prepa­ra­tions, as well as re­ceive pro­fes­sion­ally-done aroma oil mas­sages. Many of the spas these days pro­vide per­son­al­ly­catered spa pro­grams, sim­i­lar to five-star ho­tels.

Spas in lux­ury ho­tels and re­sorts

Ho­tel spas are the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence in health-ori­ented in­dul­gence and of­fer cus­tomers an ar­ray of lux­ury spa prod­ucts and ser­vices. Though ini­tially of­fered as a sub­sidiary ser­vice for ho­tel guests, ho­tels have in­tro­duced their own spa ser­vices and now cater to an ever in­creas­ing num­ber of out­side guests. Re­sort spas are usu­ally found away from the city in qui­eter, more nat­u­ral set­tings that help em­pha­size the over­all spirit of re­lax­ation and re­ju­ve­na­tion. Although it takes more time to travel to one of these lo­ca­tions, re­sort spas usu­ally of­fer the ben­e­fit of lower prices when com­pared to ho­tel spas. Many re­sort spas are equipped with a wa­ter theme park, out­door hot springs, and in­door spa fa­cil­i­ties, at­tract­ing fam­ily vis­i­tors.

Med­i­cal spas

Med­i­cal spas in­clude a va­ri­ety of spa treat­ments but usu­ally ex­am­ine each visi­tor’s phys­i­cal con­di­tions more in depth, comb­ing spa treat­ments with a doc­tor’s di­ag­no­sis and pos­si­bly a pre­scrip­tion. The num­ber of med­i­cal spa fa­cil­i­ties in Korea is in­creas­ing, of­fer­ing der­ma­tol­ogy, plas­tic surgery, and ori­en­tal medicine. Treat­ments are de­signed to pre­vent ag­ing, fight obe­sity and stress, and bring the body in bal­ance through a com­bi­na­tion of healthy diet, ex­er­cise, and nat­u­ral reme­dies.

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