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Saunas and Jjimjilbang for Men

      Some of the businesses listed here are noted to be traditional Korean jjimjilbang, or overnight sleeping facilities. Jjimjilbang may not have a sauna, or even hot water facilities, although they may function as de facto cruising spaces for Korean gays. Facilities at Jjimjilbang tend to be modest compared to more sophisticated urban saunas and bathhouses.

      ITAEWON & "HOMO HILL"

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    • Hamilton Hotel Sauna (mixed) UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2013
        Utopia Map. Not gay, so be discreet. They are obviously trying to crack down on gay activity. New lighting has been installed in the sleeping area, and the following signs (in Korean and English) are posted on the wall just before entering the sleeping/resting area: "Please ensure wearing gown in the sleeping and resting area" and "CAUTION: Obscene acts will not be tolerated. The management will refer to police and you will be arrested." Still, the vast majority of guys in the sleeping area use only a towel for cover, if anything at all. And, there is action going on especially Fri and Sat nights and Sun afternoon. The crowd is on the younger side, some very cute, hot Koreans and foreigners as well. Still, with so many gay saunas in the city, why not patronize a more tolerant place?
    • Hyundae Sauna UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2013, UTOPIA VISITED APR 2012
        2/F 131-36, Iteawon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Utopia Map, 070-4121-0854, email. From Hamilton Hotel, cross the street and walk straight down the hill and take the first left turn. Hyundae is half a block down this lane, on the right side. English and rainbow signage at the downstairs stairway entrance. Reception is on 2/F. Remove your shoes before entering and put into the cubbyholes provided. Play space and sleeping inn. 2/F has lockers, a large lounge, wet area with scrub stations and two bathing pools, and a dry sauna. 3/F has a video lounge, Net station, and extended sleeping/play area open on Fri/Sat/Sun. 4/F has dark room with safety supplies. Drinks and snacks available. International crowd between 30-50. Open 24 hours and busiest in the late evenings and early mornings after the bars close. Best time in on weekends after 8pm.

        Comments from Utopians:

        "Dry sauna only open from 8pm." -- peterbxl1, Oct 6, 2013

    • Julian UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2013, UTOPIA VISITED APR 2012
        4/F, 130-34 Itaewon Dong, Utopia Map, 02-798-9340. Easy-to-find jjimjilbang close to the gay bars and clubs. With the Hamilton Hotel at your back, walk down the hill just past the first block, on your right. One Julian sign on the building, no sign inside. Remove your shoes before entering and put into the cubbyholes provided. Spacious, clean, cozy and nice decor. No sauna or steam in this place space/sleeping inn. One floor facility with lockers, bathrooms, showers, Net room, curtained beds, bunk beds and dark room. Crowd is mostly Korean, and minimal English spoken by the staff, but welcoming to everyone. Gets busy after midnight on weekend nights. Lots of action in the wee hours when the bars close and gay men come here to overnight.

      Comments from Utopians:

      "David is new gay sauna in Itaewon located near Hyundai Sauna, , Utopia Map When facing the Hyundai sauna, turn into the first lane to the left. You will see a black sign for David at the end of the lane on the left. Sauna is in B1. It is the biggest sauna in Itaewon. Facilities include cruising area, SM room, private rooms, dark room and bunk beds." -- bill18062000, Feb 23, 2014

      "Equus sauns has moved to a new location. From Itaewon Station Exit 3 walk straight till the first road crossing, overpass the street and turn right. Pass Homo Hill and take your left the next street. Go to the top of the hill. Equus is located in B1 by the GS25 convenience store. The sleeping space is now a big room with bunk beds. No private rooms, cruising area and SM room. Staff and customers are foreigner-friendly. All ages and body types." -- bill18062000, Feb 23, 2014


      JONGNO / NAGWON DONG

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    • Mun Hwa UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2013, UTOPIA VISITED APR 2013
        Utopia Map. At the Jongno-3-Ga station (Line #1) take Exit 1 and walk straight ahead (west). Turn right into the alley just before McDonald's and follow it north. After a dozen or so steps you'll come to a junction and the alley jogs slightly to the left here - continue forward (north). Near the end of the alley, on your left just before T-Motel, there's a sign that says "sauna" in English. Three bathing pools: cold, hot and hotter; also a steam room and a dry room. Downstairs and upstairs resting areas. Active, especially on weekends. The guys don't wear towels, but they usually carry one to make a token pretense to modesty. The upstairs rest room is nearly always active. The crowd is mostly Korean and a good place to meet ajoshis (uncles). Open 24 hours daily. Bring your own safety supplies.

        Comments from Utopians:

        "No privacy at all, only rooms where you can lay down on the floor." -- peterbxl1, Oct 6, 2013

        "I was an Mun Hwa on Mon. Smokey and dingey, but still fun and crowded at lunch time." -- David, May 15, 2013


      SINCHON

    • Prince UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2013
        Utopia Map, 334-8245. Gay jjimjilbang about 300m from Exit 8 of the Shinchon Station, Line 2 (NOT SinchEon Station). Take Exit 8 and walk straight ahead passing Canon Plaza, Lotte Market 999 on your left, Shinhan Bank, NH Bank, flower shops, Rolling Stone on the left, then a Family Mart convenience shop. Prince is located just next to it with a sign (small and recessed) as you start walking uphill. Take the stairs up to 3/F. Small place. The main floor has lockers, a shower and a TV/Smoking room. The upper floor has rooms. No sauna or jacuzzi. You're likely to get a cellphone light shone on you at least every minute or so, as guys are checking if the room's free or if there's anyone they like. Young crowd in their 20s and 30s, but some mature men. Foreigners welcome. Friendly staff. Condoms and lube available at front desk, but you need to ask.


      OTHER AREAS

    • Adam UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2013
        Utopia Map. Sinseoldong Subway Station (Lines 1 & 2) in between Exit 2 and 3. You can find the entrance in the building with a neon hot spring sign. Entrance on G/F (take stairs), ticket booth is on 3/F. Steam is also on 3/F and rooms on 4/F. The upper floor of the sleeping area has a smoking/drinking counter and a PC station. There's a TV room with big couches. There are at least 6 rooms, some partitioned into separate cubicles. Open 24 hours, but busiest in the early afternoon or after midnight and on weekends. Mixed ages. Foreigners welcome, but crowd is basically Koreans for Koreans, mostly aged 30-50.
    • Black Sauna UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2013
        Gangnam, Utopia Map. Take Shin Nonhyeon Line 9, Exit 3. Walk up to your left passing by about 7 buildings until Hooters. Enter the alley to your right (after Hooters and before the convenient store) and cross the small intersection, where you'll be met by some steps going down. To your left is the door to Black which is on 2/F of that building.

        Comments from Utopians:

        "Very small and spaces separated with curtains. Not much privacy." -- peterbxl1, Oct 6, 2013

    • Chunkam hyugetel (sleeping room) UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUL 2011
        Gunja Station (Line 7 or 5). Go out from Exit 3. Follow the road to your right for a couple of meters until you see a Bo Shin Ttang (Korean). It's at 2/F of that building with their door marked with some Chinese characters. Old, with very humble facilities. But they compensate with decent sleeping rooms that are a bit more spacious than most. The patrons are mostly 30s and above.
    • GM UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
        Dongdaegu. Walk straight out of Exit 5 of the east gate of Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, subway lines 2,4,5, and down the street. There will be a large office/bank building on your right and a large multi lane street on your left. Walk past the bank and immediatly look to the right and up. You will see a yellow sign with the letters GM in black. Walk to the little side street and you will see a Russian restaurant on 1/F. Next to the restaurant is what looks like a garage. At the back of the little garage are some steps going into the building. Go up the steps till you come to a glass door with the letters GM on it. When you go in, put your shoes in a locker on your left, then proceed up the stairs to the check-in window. Give them your shoe locker key, pay your fee, and you'll be given a locker key and robe. GM has four floors: 3/F has lockers and shower; 2/F has a mirror maze, TV/video lounge, showers and private rooms; 4/F and 5/F have bunks and cabins. Just lay down somewhere and someone will come up to you and start playing. Or if you see someone you like, just lay down next to him. If he is not interested he will turn away. In this area people will watch you and even try to join in. If you don't want that just push them away or say 'no' gently or move. Coffee, friendly staff and lots of fun. Some of the staff speak English, so you can help if you need it. Many of the patrons also speak English, especially the young guys. Popular with 30yo+, bears and cubs. Open 24 hours, but busiest after midnight and on weekends.

        Comments from Utopians:

        "Visited GM in the early afternoon. Utopia's directions and break down of how to enter are very accurate. Before 7pm entry costs W$7,000 (pretty standard). Couldn't find complimentary condoms, but it didn't matter as there was only one guy there. Monitors here and there display pictures of Japanese bears. Place is really about bears. Be aware that Thu are bear nights exclusively and it says in Korean that you must be at least 80kg. How they patrol that I have no idea. The floor below the shower/locker room is the mirror maze area. A lot of kinky rooms with red lights, leather curtains and even the bj room with graffiti saying 'Just suck it' is inviting. The floor above the shower floor looks like something out of a slave ship. Long bunk rows top and bottom. I was shooed out at cleaning time (3pm). Top floor is ONLY open on Fri and Sat. Overall not a bad place to have fun, but really smelled like an ashtray and in my opinion is a fire trap what with all the unattended ashtrays and flammable materials. I bet its a great place to have fun, but the drawbacks make it not attractive." -- Pat, May 1, 2013

    • RED UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2014
        Gang-nam, Utopia Map. Nonhyeon Subway Station Exit 4. Go forward 20m and you will see Paris bagette bakery. You will see a staircase next to Beer Zone. Climb up the stairs to 2/F. You will pass by a hair salon before seeing RED. A well-decorated gay cruise space. Good music. The facility is very clean. The lockers have both key locks and electronic number locks. There's a shower room with glory hole and a teeny-tiny break room where you can smoke or get a drink. There are also small benches in the hallways where you can rest, cruise, or watch the videos on display on TVs in the hallways. The rooms are partitioned, some with three or four floor beds, some with two and one for eight. One room has a soft bed for five couples to play on, plus video. Lube, condoms, coffee and a vending machine for cold drinks. No sauna or steam room. The crowd is very Korean, some muscle-fit, with ages ranging from 20-40.

        Comments from Utopians:

        "Watermill sauna has changed its name to 'RED membership' (but don't need to be member...lol). It is still a gay sauna. No bath here, but 8 clean cabins. Free gel and condoms provided. located at 2/F after a hair salon. Entrance fee: W$7,000. Guys between 20 and 40 years old. Quite crowded on Sun around 11am. Had a good time with a few young guys." -- ptitloup, Jan 5, 2014

    • Samson hyugetel (sleeping room) UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2013
        Gangnam, Utopia Map, 02-521-1980. Gyodae Station (Line 3) Exit 9. Walk about four minutes straight from the exit until you find an alley to your left in between Hana Bank and TomTom's. Follow that alley passing by a small children's park, crossing the small intersection, then on another small intersection (to your left should be Wa Bar), go to the right and you'll see Gold Bar. Samsong is in B/F of that building. Pros: spacious, lots of rooms, wide range of patrons ages and types. Best of all, very kind desk clerk. Cons: the showers remind one of a high school locker room and the toilets are more like the subway stalls (or a bit worse). Drinks from the fridge are expensive (Starbucks Doubleshot 200ml = W$2,000). A good computer room. Bring your own safety supplies.

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Dae Sung sauna is about 5 minutes from the Young Deung Po Station. When you get out of the station, turn left on the street in front of you and walk about one or two minutes. There you'll see a crosswalk on your right, also a fish restaurant on your left which is the building where the sauna is located, sort of brown colored, 7 or 8 story building. To get in you go up the stairs to the end then you go downstairs to the door. Enter and pay W$6,000. Take your shoes off and put into the locker. Hand the locker key to the man you paid. Then he'll give you an another locker key for your clothes. Off your clothes, go down and you'll see what to do. Also you can go upstairs. Almost everyone is gay. Also you can stay overnight if you like to for W$3,000 more." -- essaykr, Apr 27, 2013

      "Found another very active sauna recently. The You Sung Sauna is located just a few steps from Bangbae Station, Exit 4. Walk straight out of Exit 4 and go past Starbucks. It's on the right. The wet areas are standard and pretty clean actually. I noticed that some men bring their sons here, so be very careful what you do in the wet areas. The action takes place in the sleeping room upstairs where it's pretty much anything goes. I saw all manner of activity and there's no attempt to hide it. Bring your own safety supplies!" -- Texas2Step, Mar 16, 2013



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