When in Seoul Do As the Seoulites Do

I used to associate Seoul with shopping (Myeongdong, baby!). But after having countless visits to the city, I realized there are more to it than just shopping. It is an amazing city filled with mouth-watering (street) food and exciting attractions.  Continue reading “When in Seoul Do As the Seoulites Do”

Lounging at Yuseong Hot Springs (유성온천지구)

Whenever I googled for “attractions in Daejeon” — this always comes up. Always. So we decided to, well, check it out.

Yuseong is well-known for hot springs and popular among locals/tourists alike.
The water is known to be effective in countering various infections. High in alkaline, it is also believed that the water contains over 60 elements of minerals.
According to legends, wounded soldiers from the Baekje Dynasty were miraculously healed after taking their baths in these hot springs.

The spa at the acclaimed Yousung Hotel (built in 1915) is where you go for the “original” experience of basking in hot springs.

Yousung Hotel
The “original” spa experience – Yousung Hotel

Coming from 350m underground, with temperatures reaching 56°C  – the water is known to also relax sore muscles as well as stimulate blood circulation. There are also various options that include medicinal herb baths or seaweed baths.

This particular spa at the particular hotel is apparently the best.
It is open daily from 05:00 am – 10:00 pm and costs ₩4,500 for adults / ₩2,200 for children. If you go in before 08:00 am, you’ll pay Early Bird price at ₩3,000 –

But if you’re on a budget yet still looking to sample the experience, there’s a FREE open air foot spa area at the park to the east of Yousung Hotel.

Well, we opted for this one — y’know, just to give it a try.

Yuseong Foot Spa
Yuseong Foot Spa

This foot spa area consists of four pools — but when we were there, one wasn’t filled. There were quite a bit of people already enjoying the hot springs; mostly locals. But it wasn’t at all hard to find empty spots.

Yuseong Foot Spa
Main Pool

Before you start enjoying the water, it is a must for you to wash your feet. There’s an area provided especially for this purpose.

Yuseong Foot Spa
Feet washing area with Main Pool in the background.

The temperature was very pleasant for a slightly chilly afternoon —
We spent a good half hour with our feet dipped in the water. And apparently, it is not advisable to do it for longer — there was a signage nearby mentioning this. I’m curious to know why though.

Yuseong Foot Spa
Do’s and Don’ts 🙂

It was definitely a nice way to spend one’s free time.

I’ve been to various hot springs back home; but this one here in Yuseong is simply fab. Plus, it is super clean — not talking about the water or whatever, just surrounding in general.

But, guess that’s a given when you live in Korea 🙂

This foot spa area is open 24/7 all year round and like I mentioned earlier, it’s FREE!

To visit, take the subway to Yuseong Spa station (유성온천역) and use Exit 7 to get out. Walk straight until you reach the intersection and turn right. Walk for about two blocks and you will see the area on your left.
It’s hard to miss, that’s for sure 🙂

For those of you interested in visiting South Korea, direct airfare from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul starts at RM991 per person (return flight) — you may check out Skyscanner for more awesome flight deals from other point of departures 🙂

Give it a try, and let me know your experience. Enjoy!

 

** This entry was first published in my old blog **

#LorongBelakang at Laman Seni 7

 

Laman Seni 7 is a place to be to catch some of the best arts in the city. Famously known for the hashtag #lorongbelakang (aka back alley), the area is tucked out of view but has now become THE playground for street arts enthusiasts. Located at Section 7, Shah Alam – Laman Seni 7 is a continuation of similar project (Laman Seni 2) in Section 2.

Thanks to Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and it’s collaboration with various young artists as well as KHZNH Studio: an area that was once associated with negative thoughts has been turned into attraction.

Not too long ago, the Council organised an art competition and picked the works of its Top 10 Finalists (from various categories) to be featured on the allocated walls.

I paid a visit to #lorongbelakang recently to ‘check’ out the place. My jaw dropped at the beautiful graffitis covering the walls. Laman Seni 7 is geared towards arts appreciation while drawing attention to social issues.

Laman Seni 7

Laman Seni 7

Laman Seni 7

Laman Seni 7
‘Melting’ by Chern aka Cloakwork
Laman Seni 7
Louise Low’s What Are You Doing?

Being an aviation enthusiast, my personal favourite is the one below. A tribute to MH370 – well, it has been over 2 years but we are still praying and hoping for them to return.

Laman Seni 7
Still praying.

The paintings are beautiful. The photos I posted definitely didn’t do them justice. Depending on how much appreciation one has for arts, anyone who visits can easily spend an hour at this (not very) new attraction. The best time to go will be in the evening (around 4pm – 5pm) when the sun isn’t blistering hot.

And, oh. Be prepared to queue up for photos if you visit during holidays 😉

 

How to Get to Laman Seni 7:

Just search for ‘Jalan Plumbum Q7’ on your Waze or Google Maps – it will take you directly there (if you’re driving, that is). I’m not very familiar with Selangor’s public transportation system, but as soon as I find out how, I will update this entry.