Medical Tourism in Korea has been actively promoted worldwide for years. Medical tour packages that include Western and Oriental medicines, cosmetic surgery, and wellness that suits that patients and/or tourists are offered.
Wellness is emerging as a major tourism theme worldwide today. Wellness tourism is about taking a break from the complex and boring daily life, and traveling to destinations where we can soothe our tired bodies and minds. Did you know that Korea is a great destination for wellness tourism?
Visit Medical Korea, the platform for Korea Medical Tourism, recently featured seven wellness destinations in Korea!
Cheongkwanjang Spa G. Type: Cafe/Tea Shop/Health Center
A spa facility recently launched by Cheongkwanjang, a high quality hongsam (red ginseng) brand of the Korea Ginseng Corporation. The specialized spa programs at Cheongkwanjang Spa G use six-year-old ginseng roots that have gone through rigorous testing and quality management. Spa G consists of five individual hongsam therapy rooms. Guests can receive water massage to stimulate blood circulation at the Hongsam Spa Room, detoxify and provide nourishment to the body through heat and steam treatments and application of red ginseng concentrate at Hunjeungyok, get stress relieving foot massages at Foot Spa Zone, and restore scalp health using red ginseng products at Head Spa Zone. All spa programs require reservations, and spa programs vary from 1 to 6 hours depending on the choice of treatments. The spa is open from 9 am to 11 pm.
Address: 416, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 강남구 영동대로 416 (대치동,(주)케이티앤지 서울사무소)
Directions: [Subway] Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2. Go straight 200m to arrive at the SPA G (Kosmo Tower, B2) on the left.
Operating Hours: 09:00-23:00
Reservations: Tel: +82-2-557-8030 (Available languages: English, Japanese)
Website: www.spag.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Tea Therapy. Type: Cafe/Tea Shop/Health Center
Turning away from the conventional concept of a tea shop, Tea Therapy offers not only healthy tricks for home-brewed teas but also a relaxing foot bath experience.
The shop aired on KBS’s “Muhanjidae Q” due to its interior design and unique programs available where visitors can enjoy a tasty cup of tea but also rejuvenate by meditating, consulting with a professional dietitian, trying blending their own tea and more.
The tea selections and dessert menu items are plentiful, providing international visitors with a chance to become easily acquainted with Korea’s tea culture.
Address: 16, Eonju-ro 173-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 강남구 언주로173길 16 (신사동)
Directions: [Subway] Apgujeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2. Go 300m to arrive at the first corner, and turn left. The cafe is located on the left.
Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-23:00 and Sunday 10:00-22:30
Webiste: www.teatherapy.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)
Sulwhasoo Flagship Store. Type: Beauty Complex/ Spa/ Boutique/ Culture Lounge
Sulwhasoo Flagship Store is the signature venue of the leading Korean cosmetic brand, Sulwhasoo, and is popular as a unique place of relaxation in the heart of downtown Seoul.
It offers tours for visitors, enabling them to experience the journey of beauty. It consists of spa, a boutique, a culture lounge, a gift wrapping center, and a roof deck. Guided tours start at 15:00 and 18:00 every day (duration: 40 minutes, not available on the second Monday of every month, New Year’s Holiday and Chuseok).
- B1F- Sulhwasoo Spa- This is a premium Korean Herbal Medicine Anti-Aging Spa.
- 1F- Heritage Room & Boutique- This is where guests can explore all of Sulwhasoo Flagship Store’s exclusive and new products, and seasonal offerings.
- 2F- Gift Packaging Service & Boutique- Guests can test Sulwhasoo products and can get personalized consultations. The exclusive gift wrapping service uses the Ji Ham Bo which means a box and cloth containing wisdom.
- 3F- VIP & Culture Lounge- The VIP Lounge is an intimate space for premium Sulhwasoo. Clients while the Culture Lounge is where guests can try various cultural and beauty classes.
- 4F- Sulwhasoo Balance Spa- This is a contemporary Korean Herbal Medicine Balance Spa.
- 5F- Rooftop- Guests can also relax and enjoy the view at the outdoor lounge at the top of the building.
Address: 18, Dosan-daero 45-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 강남구 도산대로45길 18 (신사동)
Directions: [Subway] Apgujeong Rodeo Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, Bundang Line)
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 – 21:00
Reservations: Sulwhasoo Spa(B1) 02-541-9272 and Sulwhasoo Balance Spa(4F) 02-541-9273
Yakdabang Bomdong. Type: Tea house/Traditional Korean Medicine Clinic
This traditional tea salon run by a traditional medicine clinic is famous for its tea masters who recommend and customize teas for patrons depending on their emotional and physical conditions.
Guests can enjoy customized teas, foot spa, and even consult traditional medicine doctors on site about their physical constitutions.
Features and services : 48 tea blends for tasting, traditional tea food, medicinal liquors (tinctures),
physical constitution diagnoses, consultation with doctors, and foot spa (30 minutes)
Address: 12-13 Worldcupbuk-ro6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
Directions: [Subway] Hongik University (Line 2, Airport railroad ), Exit 1. Exit Gate 1, Hongik University Station (Metro Line 2). Turn right at the Hongik University Intersection. Cross the first crossroad and walk straight on. Turn right at the alley marked by the convenience store “Ministop”. Turn left at the building right next to Hanmi Pharmacy on the first three-way junction you encounter.
Operating Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm
Telephone: 070-4639-2221Operating Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm
Cheongna Sparex. Type: Hot Springs/Bath Houses/Spas/Jjimjilbangs
Cheongna Sparex, a major establishment located in the center of the Cheongna International City in Incheon, draws well over 1,000 guests daily.
Features on site include an outdoor charcoal-heated sauna, a sauna steamed with medicinal herbs, a germanium-steamed sauna, a cypress green shower room, a Himalayan salt sauna, an outdoor hot spring and outdoor earthenware tubs, as well as an outdoor pool and outdoor hot springs, which are open in summer.
The inside of the entire venue is decorated in traditional Korean architecture, and displays classical features such as jeongja(wooden pavilion) and pyeongsang(Korean-style sunbeds). The place is also equipped with a food court serving Korean food, a café, and a staff of professional masseuses.
Address: Cheongna Sparex (10F), 16 Cheongna Canal-ro 260-Beongil, Seo-gu, Incheon
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CENTUM SPA LAND. Type: Hot Springs/ Bath Houses/Spas/ Jjimjilbangs
Spa Land, equipped with all the benefits of a traditional Korean spa, is located in ‘Shinsegae Centum City’ in Haeundae, Busan. Spa Land consists of 22 spas fed by two different kinds of all-natural spring water pumped up from 1000m underground, 13 distinctively themed ‘Jjimjil-bangs’ and saunas, and an open-air foot spa.
The 1st floor houses the Korean traditional ‘Jjimjil-bang’ and traditional saunas from all over the world. Visitor favorites include a radiant heat-based ‘Roman Sauna,’ which recreates the ancient roman bath using modern technology, and the traditional ‘Finnish Sauna,’ which is an all-natural, Finnish-style sauna said to keep you healthy during the freezing winter months.
Entertainment Zone on the second floor provides a range of beautification programs, a PC room, a restaurant, and a conference room. Spa Land is a refreshing place for relaxing with your friends and family.
Address: 35, Centumnam-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan 부산광역시 해운대구 센텀남대로 35 (우동)
[Subway] Centum City Station (Busan Subway Line 2). The subway station is directly connected to the complex.
[Bus] From Gimhae Airport, take the Airport Limousine Bus for Centum City.
Get off at the Shinsegae Centum City. It takes about 50 minutes.
Operating Hours: 06:00 – 24:00
Cimer Ocean Spa, Paradise Hotel Busan. Type: Hot Springs/Spas
A space providing a fantastic view as if floating on the sea. The floor is designed to be a little higher than the existing spas so you can enjoy the horizon view of Busan’s Haeundae Beach.
Dipped in a spa and looking at the wide-open sea, you get to focus on the comfort of the moment as if surrounded by the broad sea. The spa is famous for its odorless, colorless, and weak alkaline hot spring of seawater that boasts of great skin-improving properties.
Cimer is open for staying guests only. The guests can however invite friends and family to join them at the spa for higher admission fees.
Address: 1408-5, Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Operating Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm
Source: Busan Paradise Hotel website
Which among the seven wellness destinations would you choose? Participate in the 2017 Visit Medical Korea’s Wellness Tourism Promotional Event for a chance to win round-trip tickets to and from Korea or a three-night stay in a Korean hotel. Choose a wellness destination in Korea and tell them why you would like to visit that place.
Event period: April 11 to April 25, 2017
How to Participate:
- Step 1. Go to the event website.
- Step 2. Select one from the seven wellness destinations in Korea recommended by Visit Medical Korea (VMK), and share the reasons why you would like to visit that particular destination. (*Make sure to indicate the country of your current residence.)
- Step 3. Share the news of the event and the reasons with your friends on social media.
- Step 4. Wait until the results are announced.
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~~~ Personally, I would choose Cimer Ocean Spa in Busan, optimal venue for relaxation while enjoying the panoramic horizon view of Haeundae Beach. I love Busan and I’ve experienced the hotel spa at Westin Chosun Hotel which is also overlooking Haeundae Beach but indoor but basically was a luxurious Jjimjilbang, and seeing the pictures, Cimer Ocean Spa is much more beautiful and what is great is the outdoor pools and saunas. As a person who has a problem with acne, the spa’s hot springs which boasts skin-improving properties is what I need. Not only will it help improve my skin, but also relax my body and mind from all the stress in life. Cimer Ocean Spa has been on list and I will really save for at least staying at Paradise Hotel for a night to be able to try out the spa. That will complete an unforgettable Busan and Korea trip.
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