Hanjeungmak ( 한증막, 汗蒸幕)in Korea

Jimjilbang is gender-segregated public bathhouse, furnished with hot tubs and showers and Korean traditional kiln saunas. Jjimjil means heating. Usually, In other floors of the building are unisex areas designed for lounging and sleeping, usually with a snack bar, furnished with wide-screen TVs, exercise rooms, ice rooms, heated salt rooms, PC bang, bunk beds or sleeping mats. Usually,  jjimjilbangs have various rooms with different temperatures to suit guests’ preferred relaxing temperatures. The walls are decorated with woods, minerals, crystals, stones, all of which are created with medicinal purposes. 

 

Most jjimjilbangs open 24 hours a day. Staying in jjimjilbangs overnight after working and enjoy the bathhouse and sauna is common in Korea. As the bathers walk into the gender-segregated bathhouse area, they should take a shower first. Then, wear the jjimjilbang clothes, usually a T-shirt and shorts.  Often there are several kilns with temperatures ranging from 16 to 49 °C (60 to 120 °F). 

 

Hanjeungmak (Hangul: 한증막, Hanja: 汗蒸幕) refers to  Korean traditional sauna. Nowadays, hanjeungmaks are incorporated into jjimjilbang. Kiln sauna is dome-shaped walls plastered with loam, salt and minerals.

Hanjeungmak initially referred to as Hanjeungso(Hangul: 한증소, Hanja: 汗蒸所). Korean kiln saunas were used for medicinal purposes. And hanjeungmaks were state-supported kiln saunas maintained by Buddhist monks. Sauna is an essential part of Korean culture.  Nowadays, It’s the place where locals engage in a host of health and beauty rituals. In Korean, it wouldn’t be odd for a group of friends to meet up at a jjimjilbang naked on a Friday night to have a full rest. 

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The price is quite affordable for everyone which costs about ₩9,000-13,000. Some are equipped with restaurants, outdoor swimming pools, hair and nail salons.  There are unspoken codes of manners and customs in visiting a jjimjilbang for foreign travelers indeed. 

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