For the longest time, I was probably one of the very few remaining Koreans that had never stepped foot into a jjimjilbang (korean spa/bathhouse), ever. I guess it just never really appealed to me. But as I got older, the appeal of a jjimjilbang got me a bit curious. I was always hearing people talking about how relaxing a day at the jjimjilbang is…how their skin becomes so soft and glows afterwards…and yada yada…all these wonderful things that piqued interest.
But still, the public nudity part made me very hesitant. And being a bit OCD, the walking around barefoot in a congested area part just added to the reluctance. Like, what if I get athletes’ foot or something? For at least a year or so, I was unable to actually get myself to find the balls to go.
Having a friend that went regularly, I asked him nonstop questions about all the things I wanted to know about a jjimjilbang. If you are a jjimjilbang virgin like I was and have some questions or concerns, you can most likely find them on my questions list (all the things I had been wondering have been answered, listed below). I have probably asked the general things most people might wonder about and then some.
Earlier this week, after all the wondering and hesitating, I decided to just suck it up and go find out everything I wanted to know about jjimjilbangs.
The jjimjilbang at where I got devirginized was at the Imperial Health Spa in Fullerton, CA.
Since this is the first and only jjimjilbang I have ever been to, I don’t really have anything else to compare it to. I wish i had taken more pictures, but I left my phone in the locker. I just did not want to get too distracted with all the picture taking action to relax and enjoy the full experience...how so very unlike me, I know. I also didn't feel too comfortable about taking my phone in to some of the very hot rooms. It's like leaving your device in the car during a heat wave....there's possibility of damage.
My overall first time experience was pleasant. I came on a Monday night, around 7ish. There weren’t too many people. Had I came on a weekend or whatever other time when it was crowded…OMG I think I would have ran and been traumatized. I can’t even fathom the night of having kids running around here. Luckily, there were zero kids around the night I went.
And my biggest fear…the shower part would have been like my nightmare come true had it been packed. Being naked and having too many naked people around me is not just something I am comfortable with yet. It’s just too much communal nakedness than I can handle. I know that is all part of the whole traditional jjimjilbang experience, but it still makes me a bit uncomfortable. I can’t even fathom the thought of going in the tub…stewing in a communal tub of water with a bunch of strangers…OMG it just sounds gross to me, personally.