This is a continuation of Part 1.
I didn’t take any photos at Dragon Hill Spa, but there are plenty on the internet. I am impressed by the set of photos at this website – they are recognizably photos of Dragon Hill Spa, yet they make it look much sleeker, shinier, and slicker than it looks in real life.
I went down to the common sauna area – everyone is in robes, and it is mixed gender. Of course, being a completest, I had to try all the saunas. I tried every temperature of the stone-brick sauna chambers, I tried the pyramid saunas, I had to try every section of the Himalayan salt sauna chamber (the Koreans seem to believe that touching Himalayan salt is very healthy – I remember my experience in Daegu, I had to try the hinoki room, and I had to try the ice room – I had to COLLECT THEM ALL!!!
So, which ones did I like the best?
I went to the ‘Ice room’ pretty often simply because it was a good place to cool off after a warm sauna room experience.
I liked the places where I could lie down inside the Himalayan salt room in different positions.
I also recall liking the pyramid room.
Of course, as a traveller, I like feeling new sensations. What was the most novel sensation I felt?
There was a sauna is a woman-only section, and when I went in, it made me break into a sweat much faster than any other sauna. I couldn’t stay there long. But after I got out, and rested outside, I also had a very clean, fresh feeling in my body. That was a novel sensation.
In the common area there are many massage chairs. Like many other services/amenities, you have to charge the fee for using the massage chairs to your key, and pay the balance when you exit. However, the fee is small, and I really like massage chairs, so I went ahead and did it. The massage chairs there are much better than most massage chairs I have used.
The outdoor areas, including the pool, were closed, possibly because it was mid-November and few people would want to swim outside in Seoul in mid-November.
There’s a PC room, and a games section, but alas, you have to pay fees to use any of them. I don’t particularly like the business about having to pay fees to use so many things. Pay fees for food / drink / labor-intensive services such as a massage from a human being, sure, charge an extra fee, but it grated on my that they charge a machine for using machines. But if the alternative is to charge a higher entrance fee, maybe it’s better that they do things the way they do, so that people who are mainly interested in the baths/saunas only need to pay for those.
There’s also a ‘resting area’ where you can lie down and take a nap. Many budget travellers in South Korea sleep in the jjimjilbangs since entrance fees are much cheaper than motels, but I never tried this trick.
Now, maybe this means of ‘I MUST TRY EVERYTHING (which doesn’t cost extra)’ is not the best spirit to enter a jjimjilbang. It’s certainly not the most relaxing approach. Even so, I managed to have a good time at Dragon Hill Spa, and spending all day sitting down and lying down in different spots within a single building was definitely more relaxing than most of my days in South Korea.