NOTE: The spa is currently being renovated (and hence, is closed), until JUNE 1ST, 2011. This review is based on a visit before – and who knows what will change after the renovation.
Any time a superlative is thrown around (in this case, THE BIGGEST), you just have to see it. While it definitely is the biggest spa that I’ve seen, ist has to be noted that the Biggest Spa in Asia is a self-proclaimed title.
The spas (baths) are definitely impressive. There are numerous baths of various water temperatures and treatments, both inside and out. You can get a scrub-down for 15,000, or some other things that I don’t know about for a little more. Like all spas here, the baths are not co-ed.
The jjimjilbang area is a little disappointing, though. They lack large jjimjilbang hot rooms – there are only a few small ones to choose from. The area in general is small, and on top of that, half of it has a glass wall up so the people of the hotel can actually see you inside while you’re hangin in your cool jjimjilbang PJs. It’s a little unsettling.
In short, definitely come for the baths, but don’t expect too much from the jjimjilbang – unless the renovation just rocks.
Cost: 7900 for adults. Open 5:30am – 10pm. Last entry granted at 9pm.
BONUS: Check out the Heosimcheong Brau, their own brewhouse located on the northern end of the building.
Directions: It’s close to the subway, but still a little hard to get to. Metro: Oncheonjang, exit 3. Take the upper walkway across the street to the Home Plus. You want to get directly behind the Home Plus, so walk around the building. On the other side of the building, you’ll see a Coffee Bean coffee shop. Take the street across from the Coffee Bean (Walk towards the “Hi” investment branch on the corner). Follow that street down and take a left on the next main street. You’ll see the huge Heoshimcheong complex right there. The entrance for the spa is all the way down on the other side (you’ll have to walk the length of the building).
You could also just hop a cab and say “Huh-shim-chung sah-woo-na.”
View BUSAN! AWESOME! in a larger map