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When I was growing up in Korea, going to the bathhouse was a weekly ritual. My whole family would get our toiletries together and head over to the friendly neighborhood jjimjilbang. It was a communal affair as well as a way to get clean. As children, my siblings and I looked forward to the snacks and banana milk our dad would buy us.
Now I live in Los Angeles, where we are lucky to have so many bath places to choose from. Here are some pointers to help you navigate them all. That means taking off slippers and jewelry, too. If you do, they will be in their birthday suit, too. Talk about awkward! Use bar soap, not shower gel if you plan on getting exfoliated.
Shower gel makes your skin too slippery to be scrubbed properly. Korean spas take great pride in being clean, and that means the patrons, too.
I usually end up showering twice at a spa, cleaning myself when I enter, before going to any of the communal areas, and rinsing off again just before I leave. They are usually open 24 hours. In Korea, these are considered cheap places to stay overnight after a long day of work or after a late night of reverie.
Facilities usually provide shorts, shirts, and towels for you to wear while steaming. Most charge a little extra during late night hours. Perhaps because Koreans believe in fighting fire with fire, the saunas and steaming rooms are popular even in the summer. There are usually a variety of hot rooms, soaking tubs, and an ice room for cooling down. This form of exfoliation is called seshinwhich means new skin in Korean. And if a halmuhni grandma or halabeoji grandpa asks you to scrub her or his back, just do it. Popular drinks include shikhae a sweet fermented rice drinkcoffee, and a variety of canned beverages.
Roasted eggs are also a popular snack in Korean spas.
Just like you, the eggs are cooked. Similar to hardboiled eggs, they are roasted for 9 to 12 hours until they are browned and hard.
They have a deeper flavor than regular boiled eggs. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
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