This is a unisex sauna. It is also a cheap place to sleep for the night if you do not have enough money to stay in a hostel, motel or hotel.
It is a common place to end up after a night of drinking. When it’s late, you’re drunk and your friends can’t take you home, this is about the best place to sleep off the alcohol.
It is also common for many women to tell their parents they are staying at a jim jil bang with their friends, whereas they’re actually traveling or sleeping elsewhere.
It usually costs about 7000won to stay at one and the prices vary depending on location and the size of the place.
The process to stay at one of these saunas is quite easy:
First, you pay.
You are then given a key to a locker, shorts and a t-shirt.
Place your shoes in a shoe locker.
Go into the change room. Men and women have separate change rooms.
Find your locker and strip naked.
Enjoy the various hot tubs at different temperatures while being blissfully naked with one’s respective gender group.
Dry off using commonly available towels.
Put on your shorts and t-shirt.
Finally, enter the common area. This area has both men and women. You can watch TV, use the internet, read comic books, eat dinner, exercise, go into saunas including an ice room. There are even areas set aside for children to play.
Be careful while roaming late at night as couples tend to find secret locations to be more intimate.
If you decide to stay there for the night, be warned that you probably won’t sleep particularly well. This shouldn’t be too surprising in light of the fact that you’ll be sharing a room filled with 100 people talking, playing, or thunderously snoring. I haven’t even mentioned the difficult to repress fear that someone will steal your belongings.