[Culture] Make Pleasant Memories of Jjimjilbangs, Korean Style Health Spars

The article was created by 11th and 12th graders at High School in Yeosu with an aim to tell our dear friends at home and abroad about EXPO 2012 YEOSU KOREA. 

News written by the group of ‘ILOVEYEOSU’ : Choi Hyeju, Kang Nahyeon, Kim Jiyun, Seo Uijin, Kim Dayeong, Oh Jiseung, Park Jina. Guidance teacher : Park Yongseong

“Coming to the Expo, you are supposed to stay here for some days.”
“Make pleasant memories of Jjimjilbangs, Korean style health spars.”

▲ 웰컴투 찜질방(Welcome to Jjimjilbangs) ⓒ 정종현

(Welcome to Jjimjilbangs)

Our ancestors let travelers stay in their warm houses. Also they willingly serve humble but sincerity eating table and make them pass the night in private home. Although we can’t be so much heartly as then, that mind still remain now.

There are many places to stay in Yeosu. You will never be disappointed to take a visit ‘2012 Yeosu Expo Korea’. Narsha Tourist Hotel(200-24 Hak-dong, Yeosu-si), which isfamous for luxury placeandCarp-island(Manheung-dong, Yeosu-si), whichcan show offManseong-ri beach, additionally, Gasari-Pensioncafe(Sora-myeon, Yeosu-si), which can feel four seasons’ flower scent.

However, I would like show young people over peculiar bedding. That’s ‘Jjimjilbang’ I think it so meaningful that you can join in talking with your partners and chat with others while staying there. It’s may be somewhat uncomfortable than overspending 100 dollars hotel or pension. But didn’t you ever hear that it is good for the young to suffer some privations with intension. Are you agree with me? So let’s go! To make memory!

“It takes only 7 dollars to enjoy Jjimjilbangs.”

▲ 찜질방 불가마(Jjimjilbangs, Korean style health spars)ⓒ 최혜주

(Jjimjilbangs, Korean style health spars: Photo by Choi Hyeju)

There are so many Jjimjilbangs, Korean style health spars in Yeosu. There are Dolsan seawater Town(Dolsan-eup, Yeosu-si), Yusimcheon(Sora-myeon, Yeosu-si), Baekoksauna(Sinwol-dong, Yeosu-si), Juasuyeong sauna(Seonwon-dong, Yeosu-si),Hwain hot-springs resort & Sporex(Yeoseo-dong, Yeosu-si), and The Ocean resort(Soho-dong, Yeosu-si). Why are they so many? Because now Jjimjilbang has become a great place to relax in our everyday lives with our family during weekend.

In Jjimjilbang, we can have saunas, take a bath, even stay for a night. It takes only 7 dollars to enjoy it. So don’t feel burdened and just have a try with us.

Walking in the Jjimjilbang, first we take a bath in public bath. And go to sauna after wearing Jjimjilboks, clothes for sauna. Let’s warm ourselves on the heated floor! It may be a little hot. But it will be our good stressbuster, making us sweat.

As Jjimjilbang embodies the cultural heritage of Korean ancestors, Ondol, Korean floor heating system unlikely Western fireplace, is a hot air heating system, Ondol heats floor by making a fire in the furnace, sending its heat to flat stone ‘Gudeuljang’ under the floor.

“There is another fascination in Jjimjilbangs.”

▲ 찜질방 먹거리, 달걀과 식혜(Jjimjilbang and foodstuffs: boiled eggs and Sikhye) ⓒ 서의진

(Jjimjilbang and foodstuffs: boiled eggs and Sikhye: Photo by Seo Uijin)

Are you hungry after enjoying? I guess you might feel thirsty because you sweat it out a lot. If so, I recommend you ‘Sikhye with baked eggs’. Baked 3 eggs on elvan is 1~2 dollars anda bowl of cold drink called Sikhye is just 5 dollars. Ah! you can enjoy breaking baked egg on friends head! It’s up to you!

▲ 불가마에서 땀 흘리시는 아주머니들(Ladies running with sweat in Bulgama, hot spar) ⓒ 최혜주

(Ladies running with sweat in Bulgama, hot spar: Photo by Seo Uijin)

Then if you’re sleepy, take a nap for a while. When you wake up, try entering the ‘hardwood charcoal Bulgama’ like a furnace. At first you’ll be choked with the heat of 80℃ from the ‘Bulgama’. But it’s the best for the circulation of the blood and good for your skin. So be patient! Our old ladies made the lower part of the body warm, taking a fire in a furnace and overcame woman’s disease by heating their bodies and making their bellies warm with Ondol.

Having fun in Jjimjilbang, what about taking a bath freshly? By the way, unique culture of scrubbing off the dead skin took in our country. Thus try it once! Just a 13 dollars do not only clean your whole body, but get a body massage. There is a male or female service in each section who helps to take off dirty on your skin called Ttaemiri in Korea. So entrust him or her with your exhausted body. You won’t regret it!

“2012 Yeosu Expo Korea is close at hand!”

▲ 신윤복의 ‘단오풍정’  (This is a picture of a traditional Korean holiday, Dano by Sin Yunbok.)

(A picture of a traditional Korean holiday, Dano by Sin Yunbok)

It will not be long before 2012 Yeosu Expo Korea starts soon. In fact, June 24th in Yeosu Expo duration is the fifth day of May of the lunar calendar, traditional Korean holiday, Dano. Once upon a time, after the sowing season, people used to wash their hair in water with sweet flag leaves and ride swings in this holiday. Look under the Sin’s painting. The scene shows women taking bath feel warm, and men’s eyes peeping behind cause laugh.

(A Renoir’s a woman after bath)

However, take a careful look at the Renoir’ painting. Although the two paintings describe similar scene that people are taking bath, the West and the Orient seem different. People are mainly drawn in the middle of canvas by Renoir whereas nature was drawn as only background. On the contrary, Sin Yunbok drew the painting that people are harmonized with nature, which makes ‘Dano refinement’. We canrecognize that Western painting is people-oriented but Oriental painting is nature-oriented.

We are preparing for 2012 Yeosu Expo Korea in this attitude, not destroying nature but harmonizing it. Please come and see how eagerly people in Yeosu struggled diligently to realize the title of 2012 Yeosu Expo Korea, “The Living Ocean and Coast”. It may make us feel pure in heart to take a rest and wash off the dirt in Jjimjilbang.

source: korea.kr