Saturday, November 12, 2011

Jeonju, Deokjin-dong, Jeonbuk University - Lespia Sauna

This sauna didn’t look like much from Daum Maps’ street view, nor did it when I walked up the street in person, but it’s in a great location just off tons of bus lines and on the skirts of the busy, popular Jeonbuk University area. So I thought I’d give it a try~ and I’m glad I did! It turns out it’s a nice, neighborhood jjimjilbang with friendly staff and quiet weeknights.

The sauna has the usual hot, warm and cold tubs, the cold one featuring a fountain and waterfall massage jets. You can also heat up in the Finnish dry sauna or the salt-Jade humid sauna room (cooler of the two, but owing to the humidity it feels super hot!). There are about 10 standing showers and tons of sitting ones, and it seems if you are a member of this sauna you can keep your things in a small locker under the larger ones for daily use.

I came in pretty late to the jjimjilbang so I didn’t try out the restaurant or snack bar, but I did look around the rooms. There are gender-segregated sleeping rooms, a CO2/fresh air room also well-suited to sleeping, and the usual warm yellow-soil room, ice room, hot salt cave, and a PC room. All areas are nicely made up and clean, and dimly lit, at least at night. I found tons of mats and pillows and cuddled up in the women’s sleeping area before an old woman told me about the blankets. I’m glad she talked me into getting two since it actually was pretty cool in there. (You’d be fine with one, but I made a bed out of mine! Plus in the morning I noticed a sign that a second blanket is usually 500 won extra but he must not have wanted to deal with me and this old lady at 11pm!)

Anyway, Lespia Sauna is overall a nice place to spend the night if you happen to be around Jeonbuk Daehakyo (University) or the nearby Deokjin Park.

Open 24 Hours

~4,000 for children
~7,000 for adults

전북 전주시 덕진구 덕진동1가 1277-2번지
Jeollabuk-do, Jeonju, Deokjin-gu, Deokjin-dong 1, 1277-2

Wikimapia of Lespia Sauna