It is Spa Land located in Busan’s landmark, Centum City. Introducing themed saunas and hot springs with historical significance, it is a place of healing beloved not only by Busan residents but also by travelers from all around the world.
Busan has been famous for its hot spring baths. It has a long history of bathing culture as there is a record in Samgukyusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms) that “Prime Minister Chungwongong took a bath in Dongnae Hot Springs” during King Sinmun’s reign of Silla. During the Joseon Dynasty, as the size of the hot springs grew, even Japanese people visited Busan to enjoy a hot spring bath. Since the country directly managed the hot springs and started building inns, it has become the most famous tourist destination for hot springs in Korea.
As you enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the skyscrapers in Haeundae, Centum City located on the banks of the Suyeonggang River and the world's largest Shinsegae Department Store will come into sight. Since the spa is located inside an enormous department store, you have many things to see before entering Spa Land.
Founded in 2009, Spa Land consists of 22 baths using 100% natural thermal water from 1,000 meters underground, 13 differently themed dry saunas, saunas, and outdoor foot baths. It is a modern and luxurious facility where you can enjoy everything from foot baths to dry sauna to hot springs in one stop. It immediately went viral and became popular as soon as it opened. It is quite crowded on weekends, so it is highly recommended that you set aside enough time to fully enjoy it.
Spa Land consists of a hot spring bath and Korean-style spas on the ground floor, theme saunas on the upper half floor, and an aesthetic space, a restaurant and a cafe on the first floor. Before the main spa experience, we recommend to start with an outdoor foot bath on the ground floor. It's like stretching before doing sports. If you immerse your feet in the knee-high bath water your toes will start to tingle because of the warm water temperature. The outdoor foot bath teaches the body to relax. The 13 spas range from Korean steam themes to international sauna concepts. The “Charcoal Room” is hot and pleasant. It takes no longer than five minutes before you start sweating.
Charcoal is known to generate negative ions to reduce an acidified physical constitution to alkali and to disinfectand prevent skin trouble.
The “Hwangto Room” is made of yellow clay, which has an enzyme component that helps detoxification and has an antibacterial and hemostatic effect. It also relieves fatigue and stabilizes the mind. Past the indoor garden and up the stairs you'll find interesting saunas. There's a Finnish sauna, because that's the land of the sauna, a “Roman Room” where the public baths of ancientRome are reproduced, a “Hamam Room” that awaits visitors with colorful tiles like the public baths of Turkey, and a “Body Sound Room” where nature sounds or meditative music invite you to have a pleasant sauna experience.
However, Spa Land's strongest feature is the water quality. You can compare two hot spring water types that are different in their geographical characteristics and take a bath. Eighteen hot spring baths, two cold baths, and two swimming pools leave you with a wide range of options to get relaxed. At Spa Land, you can enjoy the “Calcium Chloride Bath” perfect for releasing fatigue and revitalizing your skin, or the “Sodium Chloride Bath” that promises to enhance blood circulation and pain relief. Inviting you to bask in various saunas and hot springs, Spa Land will boost your energy to refresh you before returning to your daily routine. Time will indeed fly by during this relaxing spa trip.
In Europe, Wave Dream Room is widely known as a place of meditation or relaxation. In Korea, Spa Land is the first to adopt the facility. The light coming down from the ceiling get the waves reflected back to ceiling once again. When you are in this room for a long time, you can “space out staring at the waves” with a calm and peaceful state of mind.