Monday, May 25, 2009

Daejeon, Manyeon Dong - Dongbangsak Leports

This place is great. It's the biggest jjimjilbang in Daejeon, and not only that - it's one of the loveliest!
Though not exceedingly easy to find at first, it's totally worth the search. If you get the bus towards the Primus cinema, then walk up the road (north-south running Daedeok Dae Ro - 대덕대로) to the very big, very noticeable modern church on the east side of that road (north of Primus cinema, south of the KBS Tower). Turn in at the S-Oil station, putting Chowon Apart. #110 behind you, and walk east for 2 minutes. You'll see the large building on the left side just ahead.

Spaning 7 floors (large floors, not just little spaces), this establishment has done it right. Aside from a couple little things, like some broken toilet-door-locks and no soap in most of the bathrooms, I love it here. The first impression is good - many staff people to assist people coming, going, and getting lockers and clothing. Plus you can see Leports is the only business in this building - must be a good sign. The women's and men's saunas are on separate floors, 2nd and 5th respectively.
Inside the sauna, you'll find a clean area with many lockers, a hydrotherapy room (sitz-bath), nice vanity area, and then the baths. This is where the lovely-ness starts: it's decorated with pretty tiles and agates. There are tubs of all different temperatures (each with its own spout to massage your shoulders), a cooler massage tub, and an ice bath. Then, two drier sauna rooms, the scrub/shower area, and even sleeping caves with infrared lighting! That's unusual in the sauna area. Also, from the locker room, you can access a small loft sleeping area so you can spend the night for only the price of the sauna.
Moving out to the jjimjilbang, you can go back down to the 1st floor to find the first (and quietest) sleeping area and the super-hot cave-rooms. The lovely-ness continues through the building as the stairwells are decorated with historic items, themed pictures, and nice carpets. All the rooms are thoughtfully finished as well.
Back up to the 3rd floor you'll find one of the main areas. This floor has most of the hot rooms, the ice room (small but effective), a large body-temp oxygen room, the snack bar (which has a great variety of drinks, the typical snacks, and lots of cheeses strangely enough), and sports massage. Around this area flows a small stream of water with some waterfalls and landscape dioramas to keep the sound relaxing and natural.

The 4th floor is the theme area, with the PC room, PlayStation room, singing rooms, movie room, children's play area, Korean food restaurant, nail art, and main area (where the free yoga class is held once a day for jjimjilbang guests). This is also one of the central sleeping areas at night.

The 6th floor is the entrance to the fitness center (to use this, you need to be a paying member) and the swimming pool. Typically only for fitness members, the pool is open to jjimjilbang guests during daytime hours on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. It has a waterslide! The last level is essentially the roof, where you can walk on a sole-stimulating stone path, catch some sun, listen to water flowing, and watch the fish. When I've been there, though, the fish pond hasn't been filled. Maybe come summer? Lovely anyway.

Dongbangsak Leports
대전 서구 만년동 330
Daejeon, Seo Gu, Manyeon Dong 330

Open 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week

Sauna (day): Adults 7,000  Children 5,000
Sauna (overnight): Adults 8,000  Children 5,000
Sauna & Jjimjil: Add 2,000 won to rates above

Wikimap of Dongbangsak Lesports

Dongbangsak Leports Website
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  1. I LOVE this sauna. It's one some friends and I used to regular, but we haven't been in a while.

  2. Thanks for the comment Kim! Yeah, I go there at least once a month, more if I have the time. I don't often see foreigners there though.

  3. i wsih to visit there these coming days but don't know how could i could thee from Kongju Shin wan ro Bust station . please tell me the bus number and the location for eaSY ACCESS


  4. Well, Kongju is a city near Daejeon but I think you must take the inter-city bus from the Si-Eui or Go-sok terminals in Kongju. If you can go to the Yuseong Terminal in Daejeon it is the closest to Manyeon Dong~ you could just take a taxi, ask for "Dong-bang-sak Le-ports."

    If you arrive at the Go-sok/Dong-bu Terminal, you can take bus No. 201, 501, or 611 - transfer at Samsung Chodeung Hakgyo (elementary school) - cross the street, and take No. 606 to Seo-gu Bo-geon-so.

    If you arrive at the Seo-bu Terminal, you can walk south* to the Moon-sung Chodeung Hakgyo (elementary school), and take No. 318 to Seo-gu Bo-geon-so.

    Maybe it's easier to just get to Daejeon Station, then take 606 or 705 from Daejeon Station.

    * Wikimap link to Seo-bu Terminal area (copy & paste in to browser):

  5. This looks like exactly what I am looking for.
    Thanks for the info it's great.

    How much is entrance and what time are the yoga classes?

    Thank you

  6. Gideon~ Thanks for your comment!
    I've updated the post with the rates for entrance, but unfortunately their website doesn't list any specific times for the yoga classes. I guess it's because they probably have more or fewer classes based on the amount of interest each month (or maybe teacher's availability). I'd advise you to check in there personally or have a Korean friend call to get the details. Thanks again!

  7. I went the other day. It was lovely, totally relaxing and not too busy at all.

    Regarding the Yoga I saw some signs and I think they are daytime classes.... but I just found a quiet corner and did it alone. No one seemed to mind and I felt totally relaxed.

  8. Hello guys, I want to make sure whether I can sleep there.

  9. Thanks so much for this - I will be stopping by there this weekend while I await my evening train. Your directions are superb, by the way.

  10. How to get there from KAIST?

    1. It takes about 10 minutes, around 4,000 Won taxi ride would be the easiest. It's in the block just southeast of the KBS Banseong broadcasting complex. If the driver knows the Seogu Bo-geon-so, it's right across the street from there. You'll see it.
      There's also bus number 604 which you can get from the Kim Byung Ho, etc...IT Building at KAIST, then get off at the Seogu Bo-geun-so stop. Cross the street, turn left before the S-Oil and walk towards the park 2 blocks. Happy Hot-tubbing!

  11. What would be the easiest way to get there from City hall in dunsan dong? I still have not experimented with the bus system.