Why is it relaxing just to get out of the house? Somehow, going to a public space and just lying around calms the mind and soul.
Connected to most Korean bath houses is a common area called a JimJil Bang (or this can refer to the whole bath house). The Jimjil Bang area is for both sexes, and the bath house provides special clothing for this area - usually some funky color so you won't be tempted to take it home.
The common area usually has a mixture of large open spaces and smaller specialty rooms. Our local bath house has:
- salt room (where you can cover yourself in salt rocks)
- a charcoal room (where the walls are lined with charcoal - supposedly making the air cleaner)
- a super hot room (shaped like a cone, and so hot the area above the door is blackened and the door handle has an oven mitt permanently attached)
- a cold room (basically a huge refrigerator)
- a small restaurant
- a computer room
- massage chairs
- a play area for kids
- and a few different quiet rooms for sleeping.
We often bring a book and some snacks and just hang out in this room for an hour or two. It's great with kids age 4 and older. They can just run around and take care of themselves in a safe environment while the parents lounge, chat, read, or nap.