Photo: Inside the Cloud Room
Be prepared to be surprised at Starfield Hanam’s high-end spa and sauna facility, Aquafield Jjimjil Spa! This modern-style sauna facility opened recently on September 9 along with Starfield Hanam. Aquafield Jjimjil Spa is gaining reputation for its luxurious interior and diverse sauna rooms in nine different themes.
Aquafield Jjimjil Spa has also captured the hearts of international tourists. Meet Tatiana from Russia who says jjimjil-bang (sauna) comes into mind during cold winter months, and Pei Chun from Taiwan who visits the jjimjil-bang anytime there’s a chance. Both girls gave two thumbs up after their experience. Read on to follow Tatiana and Pei Chun in their exploration of Aquafield Jjimjil Spa!
TIP) Get to Know Aquafield Jjimjil Spa Aquafield Jjimjil Spa focuses on the concept of “Feeling and Healing” and their facilities can be categorized into sauna rooms, lounges for relaxation, and food and beverage facilities for meals and snacks.
Photo: Bright and relaxing atmosphere of the Cypress Room
The Cypress Room has a relatively low temperature compared to other sauna rooms. It also gives a bright and lively impression overall with its eco-friendly interior. The phytoncide from the wooden cypress and the video of forests offers a perfect mood to relax and rest for the young and old alike.
Photo: Fascinating and mysterious atmosphere in the Media Art Room
Although the name itself is self-explanatory, it’s not easy to guess how media art relates to the sauna until you step into this room. Media Art Room will fascinate visitors at first sight with its shades of blue. The room’s ceiling features a 360-degree panoramic image where visitors can gaze at the awe-inspiring view of stars and auroras while they relax either by sitting or lying on the sofa lining the walls.
Photo: Cloud room decorated with water vapor
You might get bored spending a long period of time in any other sauna room, but you’ll have no such worries in the Cloud Room! The vapors seeping out from the wall and the cloud-like shapes they form will intrigue you as you pass time here. Along with the delicate aroma floating in the air, the Cloud Room guarantees a peaceful and relaxing comfort.
Photo: Relaxing in the Salt Room
As one of the hottest sauna rooms, the Salt Room uses a special ingredient to boost its effect – Himalayan rock salts! The rock salts have health benefits for the skin, such as removing dead skin cells, preventing eczema, and more. Relax in the Salt Room for a natural skin care opportunity.
Photo: Enjoying sauna in the Charcoal Room
Although the room may resemble an igloo with its dome-shaped structure, take one step inside and you will be surprised at the heat radiating out from the charcoal briquettes decorating the interior ceiling and upper walls. The charcoal emits anions that purify the air and improve body constitution, leaving you feeling light and refreshed.
Photo: Food court Select the Table at Aquafield Jjimjil Spa (top, bottom left) / Delicious yukgaejang (right)
If you get hungry while at the sauna facilities, there’s no need to worry as you can find dining options within the building. There are three areas to choose from – Aquafield’s food court Select the Table, the original handmade hamburger franchise Johnny Rocket, and the snack bar Spa Snacks.
Photo: Sikhye and roasted eggs (top, bottom left) / Breaking the eggshell over the head (right)
There is plenty of food to enjoy at the jjimjil-bang, but must-try snacks for first-timers are none other than roasted eggs and sikhye (sweet rice drink). This is the most popular combination of snacks among Koreans who visit jjimjil-bang. The roasted egg has a unique flavor and texture different from an ordinary boiled egg, and a sip of cool sikye increases the flavor of the egg. Sikhye is a perfect partner to the egg as it supplies your body with fluids and washes away the thickness of the egg.
TIP) Playing a game with eggs Koreans enjoy using the roasted eggs to play a game of rock-paper-scissors with their friends. The winner gets to break the eggshell by hitting the egg on to the opponent’s head. Why not give it a try with your friends as well?
Photo: Relax Room, a healing spot for adults
Visit the Relax Room, a healing spot where children are not allowed. About 60 recliners are prepared with individual TVs for optimized comfort and relaxation. The view from the Relax Room is enjoyable as well. One side of the wall is made of floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a wide view of the surrounding environment. An hour or two will pass by in the blink of an eye while you watch TV or take in the view outside.
Photo: Outdoor Foot Spa where one can take in the outdoor landscape while enjoying a foot spa
If you feel like getting some fresh air, try out the foot spa outside. The Outdoor Foot Spa is open to everyone for free and you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Hangang River while you dip your feet in the warm, soothing waters.
TIP) Worried about using the foot spa during colder weather? If you find the weather to be too cold to fully enjoy the experience of the outdoor foot spa, stop by the foot spa entrance. Here you can find padded coats to use for free while soaking your feet.
Photo: Getting a massage on the massage chairs
Our last recommendation for the jjimjil-bang tour is the massage chairs. With a small fee of 2,500 to 3,000 won, you get to enjoy a full-body massage for 15 minutes, from your shoulders all the way down to your feet. Let go of your tension as you relax on the chair and by the time the massage is finished, you will feel refreshed and stress-free.
* This column was last updated in November 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official website before visiting.