49, Jungnim-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea | 24 hours | Seoul Station (Line 1 & 4), Exit 1 | Website
Siloam Sauna, or Jjimjilbang is a Korean bathhouse. It is much like those public bathhouses in Japan, but in Korea, it is like a mini entertainment center. They are family-friendly and if you watch Korean dramas, it’s the place they go to when the actor/actress has no place to stay lol! Entrance is cheap ranging from 8,000won to 15,000won, they comes with various services and facilities (additional charges for some) e.g. massage, haircut, karaoke, manicure/pedicure, bathhouses, sleeping quarters, and various fomentation rooms for your relaxation!
Siloam Sauna is just opposite Seoul Station. It is very convenient and once you exit Seoul Station you should be able to spot the building with the huge signage that says “Siloam Sauna”.
It has 6 levels and each level serve different purposes.
Basement – Bathhouses
Level 1 – Lockers / Barber / Laundry / Store
Level 2 – Fomentation Rooms / Children’s Play room / Massage / Restaurant / Nail Art/ Meeting Point
Level 3 – Table Tennis / Fitness Room / Party Room / Singing Room / Game Room / PC Room
Level 4 – Fomentation Room / Coffee Shop
Level 5 – Sleeping rooms
Everyone starts by paying the entrance fee, then you proceed to separate locker rooms for man and woman. Inside the locker room, we get changed and put our belongings in the locker provided. Then we proceed to level two to meet up with Daddy E.
The restaurant has a good variety of food at fairly reasonable prices. The taste was not bad, but I forgot to take pictures haha. Right outside the restaurant is a small children’s playroom.
After our lunch, Daddy E went to the fomentation level while I bring Baby E to level 5 for her nap.
The sleeping area is divided into men, women and common. There is also a snorers’ room (man only) for people who snores haha. I went inside the common sleeping area and found rows of bunk beds like this. Each comes with a small mattress and a towel-like blanket. It’s not bad, the place is quiet and dim and warm, Baby E fell asleep quickly.
And when I found Daddy E, he asked “Why we didn’t come here earlier?? We could have spent the whole day here!” Indeed, with little entertainment rooms, various facilities and a place for my baby to nap, it was perfect for family to come together.
We spent a couple of hours there before we had to leave to catch our plane. Before we went to the Jjimjilbang, we had checked-in our luggage early at Seoul Station City Airport Terminal as we were flying via Korean Air. One of the other benefits of flying by Korean Air besides their Excellent Boarding Pass promotions, you do not need to lug your heavy luggage around! (Seriously, Korean Air DID NOT sponsor this post. lol)
Siloam Sauna may not be the most luxurious place, but it’s great to experience local culture in their authenticity. I’m sure we will be back if we ever go to Seoul again. And this ended our short trip in Seoul!