History of Bathing: Korean Jimjilbang
A jimjilbang, translated literally as ‘steamed quality room’, is a form of bathhouse found in South Korea.
Used for medicinal purposes since the 15th century, these bathhouses were once state-funded and maintained by Buddhist Monks. Now furnished with hot tubs, showers, traditional kiln saunas and massage tables, these centres of rest and recovery are typically open 24 hours a day.
"One of the more famous jimjilbangs in Seoul is the massive Dragon Hill Spa, a seven-storey spa featuring a seawater bath, a salt room, saunas, baths, a swimming pool, a fitness centre, gardens, a food court, a nail salon, a golf course, an internet cafe and a movie theatre"
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