LIST: Best Jjimjilbang in Busan

LIST: Best Jjimjilbang in Busan

If you need some pampering time, check out this Korea Spa in Busan for a facial massage or body treatment.

Spa Land, Busan. Image credit:  Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office

Spa Land, Busan. Image credit: Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office

The Rundown

  • If you’re thinking about adding a jjimjilbang in Busan into your itinerary, let me tell you that it’s a perfect idea.

  • Inside a typical Korean spa, you’ll get to enjoy facilities for massage, sauna, hot baths, body scrubs, and sleeping — the perfect way to unwind and make the most of vacation.

  • When in Busan, you may also get a facial treatment that makes use of Red Ginseng products to restore your skin’s moisture. Check the rates of this service here.

  • If you will be traveling to Seoul, you may consider going to the famous Dragon Hill Spa as well. You can learn more about it and get your admission tickets here.

Also read: How Not To Be Awkward Inside a Jjimjilbang or Korean Spa

First things first: Busan Travel Recommendation

Before hitting the jjimjilbang for some relaxing time, why not enrich your Busan itinerary by booking a recreational tour that combines all of the following:

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THINGS TO DO

BUSAN

  • Gimhae Nakdonggang Railbike

  • Songdo Skywalk

  • Gamcheon Culture Village

  • Gukje Market

Top Picks for Jjimjilbang in Busan

Haeundae beach in Busan, South Korea.

Haeundae beach in Busan, South Korea.

Next to Seoul, Busan is, perhaps, the second most popular destination of choice among tourists who plan to visit Korea. Why not? Aside from being a coastal area, it’s a highly-modernized city with a nice country charm. What we like about Busan is that it makes for a perfect getaway destination for everyone, with the view of Haeundae beach that easily captivates and the fresh seafood in Jagalchi market that’s beyond compare. These are two of the reasons that actually make Busan the ‘Best Asian Destination for 2018’.

If your mind is set on going to Busan, you can make the most out of your stay by experiencing one of their Korean bathhouses or jjimjilbang. Here are the most popular picks:

1. Spa Land Centum City

SPA LAND

Jjimjilbang in Busan

Housed inside Shinsegae Centum City, or the world's largest department store, is an upscale Korean bathhouse called Spa Land Centum City. This jjimjlbang in Busan boasts of modern amenities and premium finishes that would make the eyes of any Korean spa regular go wide. It also has eighteen (18) hot baths that are pumped with pure spring water from 1,000 meters beneath the ground. I don’t know about you, but this does sound like a place that my body would be very thankful for.

Here are more highlights of Spa Land Centum City to get you excited:

SPA LAND’S AMENITIES

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  • Hot springs with sodium bicarbonate (removes dead skin cells and softens skin)

  • Hot springs with sodium chloride (helps in blood circulation)

  • Finnish sauna (opens the sweat glands and speeds up metabolism)

  • Roman sauna

You’ll also get access to the following when you visit Spa Land in Busan: Women-only open-air bath, steam rooms, charcoal room, salt room, bulma, ice room, wave dream room, body sound room, romance room, Bali room (Balinese-style hall), Scalp and foot clinic, restaurant, and the common room for relaxation and TV entertainment.

Spa Land Centum City’s Open-air bath. Image credit:  Ka Cheong Yip

Spa Land Centum City’s Open-air bath. Image credit: Ka Cheong Yip

SPA LAND BUSAN: REVIEWS & RATES

  • Weekday Rates for Spa Land Busan

    • Adults at $15 (around ₱800 or ₩16,800)

    • Students at $12 (around ₱638 or ₩13,400)

    • Midnight rates at ₩10,000 (around ₱480 or $9)

  • Weekends & Holiday TIcket Prices for Spa Land Busan

    • Adults at $18 (around ₱956 or ₩20,100)

    • Students at $15 (around ₱800 or ₩16,800)

Here are some guidelines regarding Spa Land’s rates, as taken from their website:

  • Students from 8-13 years old (elementary age) may be given access to Spa Land in Busan provided that he or she is provided by a guardian of the same-sex.

  • The admission fee pays for four (4) hours usage of Spa Land Centum City. An hourly charge of ₩3,000 (around ₱143 or $2.7) applies if you exceed.

  • Free parking for 4 hours.

Here are some customer reviews for Spa Land in Busan as taken from their automatically generated Facebook page:

‘Great variety of sauna and bath temperatures, a bit of culture shock is to be expected but overall it was an amazing experience 😀’

Spa Land Busan Review

‘꼭 가봐야할곳’ or ‘A must-visit place/You must go.’

Spa Land Busan Review

SPA LAND BUSAN ADDRESS

35 Centumnam-daero, U-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea


2. Hill Spa

HILL SPA

JJIMJILBANG IN BUSAN

Previously known as Vesta Spa, Hill Spa Busan provides scenic views of Haeundae Beach. This Korean bathhouse offers impeccable amenities, services, and a world-class fitness center. They’re also known for their restaurant called ‘The Hilltop House’, which offers exquisite food selection including steak, pizza, and pasta. This is a magnificent R&R and dating spot for couples traveling to Busan.

HILL SPA BUSAN’S AMENITIES

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At Hill Spa Busan, you’ll get to enjoy their Jade room, Jewel room, Salt room, and Oak-flooring steam room, which are said to have their own physical restoration effect. Gender-exclusive baths, spacious common rooms, barbershop, cafe, and The Hilltop House restaurant also await visitors.

HILL SPA BUSAN: ADMISSION PRICES & REVIEWS (Unverified)

  • Adults’ rate at Hill Spa Busan

    • Sauna only: ₩6,000 (around ₱285 or $5.4)

    • Sauna + Jjimjilbang: ₩10,000 (around ₱487 or $9.1)

  • Children’s entrance fee at Hill Spa Busan

    • Sauna only: ₩3,000 (around ₱142.50 or $2.7)

    • Sauna + Jjimjilbang: ₩5,000 (around ₱243.50 or $4.55)

Here are some customer feedback that we got from Hill Spa Busan’s TripAdvisor page:

‘The best spa by far in Busan. Super view over the bay from all floors. It was difficult for the taxi to find....but it is very close to the end of Haeundae beach.’

Hill Spa Busan Review from TripAdvisor

‘Old interior but a nice set of public baths. Especially liked the jets of water which pounded against me in a nice massage. The public resting area is noisy with a lot of kids running around. The cleanliness of the water is debatable...’

Hill Spa Busan Review from TripAdvisor

HILL SPA BUSAN ADDRESS

17-7 Dalmaji-gil 117beon-gil, Jung-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea

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3. SPA 1899 (Haeundae Branch)

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SPA 1899

SPA IN BUSAN

If you’re looking to end your day after your train commute from Seoul, sightseeing, and/or walking tours, there’s no better way than to visit a Korean spa in Busan that’s artisanal and high-class. While not exactly a jjimjilbang by definition (it’s your typical day spa for body and facial treatments), this one deserves to be on this list for its famous red ginseng treatment. Several simple and full-body treatments are available, so your tired spirit will definitely be in for a treat.

SPA 1899 BUSAN’S TREATMENTS

  • Facial Focus (60 Minutes)

  • Body Focus (60 Minutes)

  • Slow-Aging A Course: Facial + Upper Body (120 Minutes)

  • Full Care: Facial + Full Body + Foot + Head (180 Minutes)

SPA 1899 BUSAN: REVIEWS

‘This is a great experience… The location is great… The first thing will be to use the ginseng blisters to…relax. After the experience is completed, the whole person is a lot easier. I recommend it to everyone.’

SPA 1899 Busan in Haeundae review

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‘The place is clean and new. When you have a foot massage, you have a big sea view. It is an experience worthy of recollection.’

SPA 1899 Busan in Haeundae review

SPA 1899 BUSAN: ADDRESS

Daom building 6F, 277, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea (부산광역시 해운대구 해운대해변로 277 다옴빌딩 6층)

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4. Haeundae Spa Center

HAEUNDAE SPA CENTER

KOREAN BATHHOUSE IN BUSAN

This is your no-fuss Korean spa or jjimjilbang in Busan that comes with the traditional facilities and a nice deck. Also situated around the beach area, Haeundae Spa Center has four floors dedicated to make your body comfortable and your spirits uplifted. They have a huge common area for napping, but those who don’t want to be seen asleep (or heard snoring!) will find this Korean bathhouse’s gender-segregated sleeping rooms very convenient.

HAEUNDAE SPA CENTER BUSAN: AMENITIES

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Like the other Korean spas in Busan that are mentioned, Haeundae Spa Center has the following amenities: hot baths, sauna rooms, sleeping rooms, cafeteria, and deck.

HAEUNDAE SPA CENTER BUSAN: ENTRANCE FEES & REVIEWS

  • Estimate of ₩10,000-15,000 (around ₱476-715 or $9-13.5)

Here are some of the customer reviews that we’ve found from Haeundae Spa Center Busan’s TripAdvisor page:

‘…They are open 24 hours and have complete and large facilities for a spa/jjimjilbang. It was just hard to navigate here if you have no idea of what to and what nots on jjimjilbang as getting assistance from staff will be limited due to language barrier. But overall, it was a superb spa experience.’

Customer Review for Haeundae Spa Center in Busan

‘Our hotel clerk recommended this spa in Busan because it has natural hot spring water tubs… The tubs were sparkling clear. They were as far from a nasty foamy hot tub as you can imagine. I had the full treatment scrub… Everyone who visits Korea should try the scrub!’

Haeundae Spa Center in Busan Customer Review

HAEUNDAE SPA CENTER BUSAN: ADDRESS

Haeundae-gu, Jung 1(il)-dong, 1372-16 -dong

5. Hursimchung Spa

HURSIMCHUNG

KOREAN SPA IN BUSAN

Dubbed as one of Asia’s largest bathhouse (if not the largest!), Hursimchung is a Korean spa or jjimjilbang in Busan that can accommodate over 3,000 people. With its vast space, tourists will surely be in awe of this jjimjilbang. If you won’t feel uneasy showing off your body to hundreds or thousands of people (I’m teasing, they won’t mind!), then go ahead and hit Hursimchung’s baths that are infused with oriental herbs and minerals

HURSIMCHUNG SPA BUSAN AMENITIES

Image credit:  TripAdvisor

Image credit: TripAdvisor

Hursimching Spa in Busan has the following varieties of baths: Longevity, Cave, Outdoor, Event, Hoemok, and Cheongja.

HURSIMCHUNG BUSAN TICKET RATES

  • Weekday Entrance Fees for Hursimching Spa Busan (sourced from Korea Tourism Organization)

    • Adults: ₩8,000 (around ₱381 or $7.2)

    • Students (ages 8-13): ₩6,000 (around ₱286 or $5.38)

    • Children (ages 1-7): ₩4,000 (around ₱190.5 or $3.6)

  • Weekends and Holiday Admission Ticket Price for Hursimching Spa Busan (sourced from Korea Tourism Organization)

    • Adults: ₩10,000 (around ₱487 or $9.1)

HURSIMCHUNG BUSAN ADDRESS

23, Geumganggongwon-ro 20beon-gil, Dongnae-gu, Busan


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