Soaking in hot springs in Busan can relieve stress and fatigue, melt away winter blues and help treat various skin conditions. For centuries, Koreans have enjoyed bathing in hot springs and this is particularly apparent during winter where almost all hot spring spas and saunas in the city are filled by the locals.
Most hot spring resorts in Busan are equipped with the newest spa and beauty facilities and are usually adjacent to touristy spots and restaurants. Without a doubt, Dongnae Spa is the largest and the most popular hot spring establishment in Busan. Made for King Sukjong during Joseon Period, Dongnae hot spring has been admired for ages due to its supposed healing properties. Known to revive the body and mind, guests can enjoy a relaxing experience in this renowned spa.
Dongnae consists of six big spas as well as outdoor spas, a whirlpool and sauna. Each room can accommodate 10 guests at a time. In the past, the water temperature flowing directly from the hot springs in Busan was about 55°C, but at present, the water seems to be lukewarm as more and more people are using it. Because of the water’s considerable concentration of chlorine and magnesium ions, the mineral salt in it is believed to heal a number of diseases such as gastro-enteric disorders, skin diseases and neuralgia. The bath is intended for healing therapy and not for body cleansing so take a shower first before getting inside the spa.
Before Haeundae Beach became very popular, this area was once known for its hot springs. Currently, a hot spring footbath in Haeundae district is available for visitors free of charge. Located near the Tourism Volunteer Center, the hot spring footbath consists of five pools while overlooking the sea. Hot spring water (at 43°C) can be seen flowing out from the ground. Other features include a footbath for disabled people and a sunshade.
The Haeundae hot spring footbath is intended not only to provide free service to visitors but also to become an attraction of the Haeundae beach. Apart from the hot spring footbath in the Haeundae area, visitors can also visit Dongnae for an open-air hot spring for feet. It consists of 10-ton water over 40 degrees flowing from the dragon fountain. Based on traditional healing, hot spring water triggers the 12 vital acupuncture regions of the foot, which is usually referred as the ‘2nd heart’. It also stimulates blood circulation of the joint and muscles around the ankles, which can prevent hypertension, hypotension, pain of the feet, back pain, irregular menstrual periods, arthritis and so on. You can buy towels sold via vending machine.
The hot spring in Hurshimchung is known to have the highest content of magnesium in all of Korea. This establishment is also unique as it uses 100% hot spring water collected from its own source. The whole building is massive and can accommodate over 3000 guests in its 40 functional baths. Tourists can also visit other popular hot springs in Busan including the ones found in Taejongdae and Songdo as well as in spa and sauna services offered in hotels such as Vesta Spa, Hotel Aqua Palace Spa and Paradise Spa Hotel, just to name a few.