That’s the first time in my life I’ve ever been sat naked next to an old boy with balls down to his knees, eating a boiled egg..
WELCOME TO THE JJIM-JIL-BANG!
It goes a little someting like this; you pay around $8 to spend an afternoon in a traditional Korean sauna. You leave your shoes at the door and your stuff in a locker. You wander around naked and dip yourself into various hot&cold baths and clean everything you possibly can back-sack-crack-teeth-hair-the lot. Dry off and go and nosh on a boiled egg - bought from the naked shop dude in the corner (who also sells shampoo).
Then you slip into the jim-jams they provide you with and go and take a lift upto the next level. Another extremely hot room - which some people chose to sleep in, film & music rooms, a snack bar and restaurant but mostly just open spaces with heated wooden floors - for you to sleep on.
Apart from a sleep walking guy babbling nonsense and tugging at my leg at 3am, i had a preeeeeettttty good night’s sleep.
Long live the Jjimjilbang, it was one of the highlights of my month in Korea!