Seoul, Yongsan - Dragon Hill Spa
This jjimjilbang is on the top of my list for Seoul. I found out about it from a reader who emailed me a while back. She said she can't compare it because since her first visit, she's never bothered to go to another sauna! That's quite the compliment, and from a look at their website, this place deserves it.
It's conveniently located just south of Yongsan Station and boasts 6 floors and a rooftop area. The building also contains the Royal Orchid Spa, featuring a full aesthetics program, the Manhattan Fitness Club, and a large heated outdoor pool. From the photos, it looks to be the epitome of calm and peaceful relaxation. It appears that there may even be a mud bath!
Basically, I'd say this place compares well. Since hearing about it and doing this first write up, I've been able to visit for a personal impression. I was there in the winter time so the outdoor swimming pool was closed but the rest of the spa lived up to my expectations.
The sauna and bath area is very clean and modern with lots of sunlight on a bright day. There are so many different places to explore in the co-ed jjimjilbang area you'll never get bored here! The design incorporates the modern with traditional Asian styles to give you a sense of calm while surrounded by historical beauty. Being so popular, this is a busy spa and it was a bit loud to spend the night in most common areas. Luckily with all the space in this place you're bound to find a more private corner to curl up in if you wish.
서울 용산구 한강로동 40-713
Seoul, Yongsan Gu, Hangang-ro Dong 40-713
Open 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
Rates: 10,000 won - If you arrive between 5am and 8pm on weekdays (daytime)
12,000 won - If you arrive between 8pm and 5am on weekdays (overnight)
12,000 won - If you arrive anytime on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays (day or overnight)
(This cost covers 12 hours from the time you arrive, as usual.)
Dragon Hill Spa website
Wikimap of Dragon Hill Spa