Sleep in a Korean Jjimjilbang

Sleep in a Korean Jjimjilbang
I met up with a Canadian man who just spent the last two nights sleeping in a Korean Sauna for about 7 U.S. per night.

Funny, just too funny, to say the least this type of story of overtones and talk about size of the country of Korea.

There were three of us, a Canadian Man, A Canadian girls and me talking about this in the Seoul International Airport.

Seoul, Korea No Mans Land
Monday, March 3, 2008
Andy of ---

Jjimjilbang -- Chim Jil Bang or JimJilBang or Jim Jil Bang the Wiki calls it a Jjimjilbang

The man was teaching English in Japan and was flying to Japan, the girls was teaching in Korean and now flying back to the Canada.

Teaching English in these two countries is one of the best jobs a person can get that is outside their home countries.

After listening to these two explain how Japan and Korea works, it appears the two countries elicit stories that would be censored in any media except where two or more travelers can be found.

This is the business card of the Jjimjilbang or Korean Sauna where this man slept for two nights. I guess a good ace up your sleeve, if a person were stranded in Korean for a few days, and was a person that the world had long ago stopped receiving calls from and refused to go to Western Union. The Hobo Type, this would be a good Korean Flophouse.

My India techie wants to go to Europe, I said,
- Remember, you can always sleep on the train. -

Sleep in a Korean Jjimjilbang


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I followed a link from Wikipedia on the Jjimjilbang page and the article from 2005 said that there were 1,800 Jjimjilbang in Korea at that time.

It also said that most were under 10,000 South Korea Won or 10 US dollars. Another article said some Jjimjilbang even have internet cafes or pc-bangs built in for an additional cost. Apparently not all Jjimjilbang have sleeping facilities.

That sure sounds like a cheap sleep for a country as highly developed as S. Korea.

Once again, thanks for the tip.


The man who explaind these sauna things has written twice since he left Korea. He is going to send some photos, this is great, an interesting twist in life.

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