Everyone across the globe is united by one common dream: the dream of living a healthy and balanced life. As cities and countries worldwide continue to evolve and industrialize at a sometimes alarming rate, people are increasingly seeking a quiet retreat from their busy, hectic lives. This desire to find refuge in nature has resulted in the creation of various types of spas, which are now (somewhat ironically) among some of Korea's major travel destinations. So kick back and relax and continue reading for more on spas in Korea—hotel spas, resort spas, day spas, and medical spas. You're sure to find the perfect type of spa for you!
Feeling tired, stressed, or just deserve a day of pampering? Then day spas are just the treat you’ve been looking for! Day spas in Seoul offer a convenient retreat for city dwellers looking to relax and wind and get an (albeit temporary) escape from the daily grind. Many spas even offer services specifically designed to relieve stress, reduce wrinkles, and more. Typically, these kinds of facilities are operated by major Korean cosmetic brands that have gone international so when you visit the spa, you can be assured that you’re getting top quality services (often reflected in the price).
Located inside Avenuel, the luxury branch of Lotte Department Store, The Amore Spa is run by Amore Pacific, the top cosmetic company in Korea. Its famous Halla Green Tea program uses natural green tea leaves picked from the company's fields on Mount Hallasan, Jeju Island. Oils extracted from green tea seeds are used in green tea baths and/or green tea scrubs.
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Sulwhasoo Spa offers professional spa services using the Oriental cosmetic products of the Sulwhasoo subdivision of Amore Pacific. The spa is located on the second floor of the Lotte Department Store in Jamsil. All of the spa programs include a traditional Oriental treatment that helps blood circulation in the body and a massage that rejuvenates the skin. Treatment ends with a session of meditative breathing and a relaxing cup of aromatic flower tea.
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Based on the Oriental principle that good skin is dependent on good circulation in the body, the Hannule (Hanyuljeong) Spa offers skin care programs designed to enhance blood circulation and the circulation of 'gi' energy. Before treatment, guests are given a foot bath using twelve Oriental medicinal herbs to generate heat and enhance circulation. The spa is an Oriental aesthetic spa run by the Amore Pacific with locations in five major cities in Korea including Seoul, Gwangju, and Busan.
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'The History of Whoo' is a top Oriental herbal cosmetic brand manufactured by LG Household & Healthcare. Using exclusively Whoo products, Whoo Spa Palace offers skin and whole body treatments based on Oriental medical principles adhered to by ancient royalty. The upscale aesthetic salon is stylishly decorated with antique couches, pottery, large cushions, and ribbons. Programs are designed to bring back the skin's natural glow using Oriental medicinal herbs (used by queens in the past) and 100% Oriental hand massage techniques.
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The Jurlique Wellness Sanctuary Day Spa offers customized services using herbs grown with biodynamic farming practices at the Jurlique Farm in Australia. Several spa programs are available for beauty and health, including hydrotherapy, color therapy, and aromatherapy.
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Situated near Apgujeong Station in Gangnamgu Sinsadong, Hill Spa provides treatments for beauty, health, and relaxation through a type of fusion massage that combines Western and Asian massage techniques. Its representative therapy is ‘Hill Fusion,’ which gently releases muscle tension with a massage that combines 3 different massage techniques. The trademark program has quickly been gaining popularity among tourists and locals alike.
Located inside the Jung-dong Hyundai Department Store in Bucheon, The Belle Spa offers treatments using skincare products from the French aesthetic brand 'Yon-ka,' a botanical brand emphasizing aroma-therapeutic care. The spa's skincare and body care treatments are said to relieve stress. Each guest is catered to by professional therapists with the highest level of technical skill and expertise.
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Will Spa, in the business district of Samseong-dong in Gangnam-gu, is a unique Korean-style spa. Seeming to reflect the fusion décor, the spa offers each guest a mixture of Oriental massage and folk remedies as well as a Western-style physical analysis. Treatments are provided by specially trained spa therapists.
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JW. SPA 1st is a Korean traditional spa brand, which offers customer-tailored programs and services in a shop decorated in Korean style. Spa specialists, called ‘Spa Planners,’ consult with customers to determine the best spa treatment program. Using a concept called ‘Emptying and Filling,’ the spa aims to empty a body of its stress and fatigue and then fill it with energy to ease the mind.
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Last updated November 21, 2011