Termeden Spa: A Fun Escape from the Cold
Do you have the winter blues? ?Are you tired of the cold weather? ?Do you want to just get away from it all, even for just one day? ?Take a day trip (or make it an overnight trip!) to Termeden Spa and Resort, Korea’s first German-style spa. ?Located in Icheon, Gyeonggi province, Termeden is only an hour away from Seoul. ?With buses that depart from Gangbyeon East Seoul Bus Terminal and arrive directly at Termeden, and plenty of parking for people who want to drive, getting to Termeden Spa is easy.
Once you arrive at Termeden, purchase a day pass (slightly more expensive and definitely more crowded during the weekend than during weekdays). ?You’ll be given a ticket with a locker number assigned. ?Take your shoes off and place them in your assigned shoe locker and remove the key. ?The key (attached to a band that you can wear on your wrist or ankle) is all that you will need to bring with you for the entire day. ?You can use your key to pay for any food or beverages in the food courts, or for any additional amenities. ?Before you enter the locker room, there’s a booth where you can have your cellphone vacuum-sealed in clear plastic that you can wear around your neck. ?This is highly recommended, since it means your phone will be waterproof and you can take as many photos (in the coed areas) as you’d like without risking damaging your phone. ?Just pay for the service with your key, and enter the locker room. ?Say goodbye to your friends of the opposite gender, since the locker rooms are not coed.
For those of you who have never been to a Korean spa before (or Asian or European, for that matter), you may be in for a shock. ?The people in the locker rooms are very open and comfortable with their naked bodies. ?You can try to be modest and cover yourself with the tiny towels provided, but in the end, you’ll just have to put your inhibitions aside, and follow suit! ?Once you have located your locker, use the same key to open and lock it. ?After you have changed into your bathing suit, head over to one of the showers to clean yourself off, before leaving the locker room for the large bade pool.
The bade pool is coed and has both an indoor and outdoor section. ?The indoor section splits into a few smaller pools as well as Jacuzzi tubs. ?You can either walk or swim through an opening (vinyl curtains keep the warm air in), directly into the outdoor area. ?The water in the outdoor area is noticeably warmer, making up for the fact that you are now exposed to the elements. ?There are water jets for massaging and slides for the children. ?If you brave the cold and get out of the water, you can make your way to a variety of hot tubs (some of them are medicated and scented with pomegranate, blueberry, and other fruits).
There are also two types of saunas available: traditional Korean and Western. ?The Korean sauna can only be accessed from the outside. ?It looks like a giant stone hut. ?Inside the sauna, you are supposed to sit on wooden planks on the ground. ?The Western-style sauna can be accessed from the inside, and has tiered seating. ?Try both types of saunas and see which one you like better.
?If you feel like the bottoms of your feet are too rough, or if you are just interested in the concept, give the doctor fish a try. ?5,000 won buys your feet half an hour in a tank full of these little fish, which will eat away at the excess dead skin on your feet and lower legs. ?It may take a few minutes to get used to sensation of having these fish nibble at you, and it may tickle at first! ?But after a while, you’ll enjoy the feeling and you’ll definitely appreciate how soft and smooth your feet are when you’re done with your treatment!
Termeden offers a quick escape from the cold winter. ?The pool, saunas, hot tubs, and doctor fish will melt your stress away. ?Take advantage of the cold, and head to Termeden Spa for some hot springs treatment!? You will leave feeling rejuvenated, healthy, and relaxed.