It's no surprise that Angeleno's love their spa days, but what most people don't know is that there's a secret world of underground, affordable spas that are frequented by only the most in the know city dwellers.
Los Angeles is home to over 30 Korean spas, most of which cost less than $30 for the entire day. Groupon offers discounted prices and most spas have daily deals that offer guests full access to their services.
Korean spas have been a part of city culture for over 80 years, when an influx of Korean immigrants began to settle into the Bunker Hill neighborhood between 1900 and 1920. The Greater Los Angeles area is now home to the largest Korean community in the United States, with over 60,000 Koreans living and working in the city. As an outsider, one might assume that K-town is pure traffic and mini-malls, but closer inspection will reveal a collection of incredible food, lively nightlife, and historic landmarks that only add to the city's extraordinary uniqueness and multiculturalism.
In Korea, spas are referred to as jjimjilbangs or "bathhouses," and oftentimes serve as a place to gather with friends or family. However, these days it's not uncommon to visit a Korean spa on your own. In addition to the numerous tubs heated to various temperatures, saunas, and steam rooms; many jjimjilbangs feature a co-ed room in which one can relax in a cushioned play room or enjoy a bowl of hot, savory ramen and all it's tangy sides at the in-house restaurant.
Every spa features several themed rooms, oftentimes reflecting Earth's four elements. You may find yourself absorbing the beneficial properties of the hot clay ball room, recharging your energy in the jade room, or enjoying the solitude of the ice sauna. Depending on the size of the spa, visitors will have more rooms to choose from. However, you can be sure that any Korean spa worth its salt features at least: one extremely hot pool, a wet sauna, clay room, ice sauna and relaxation room as well as services such as massage and salt scrubs. Check out this helpful review to learn more about the top Korean spas in Los Angeles.
Korean spas offer Angelenos an affordable and unique opportunity to enjoy a blissful afternoon full of serene waters, relaxing treatments, delicious food, and most importantly- a general escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.