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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.


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        B1 of the GS25 convenience store, 137-62 Itaewondong, Yongsan-Gu, Itaewon (see map), 793-1587. New location (2014). 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. Big sleeping space with bunk beds (no private rooms), cruising area and SM room. Staff and customers are foreigner-friendly. All ages and body types.
        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 (open at 8pm). 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.
        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 a newly opened sauna in Itaewon. It is in the street behind KB Bank in Itaewon. You walk down the road from the Hamilton Hotel, cross the street to IBK bank, go down one block, and cross the road left. If you turn right, Hyuandae sauna will be down the street, but you go up, with your back to Hyundae (KB bank will now be on your left in the main road and you will be at its back in the road parallel with the main road). In the first alley road right you will see David. It is open from 9pm-9am daily. It is big, with lots of small rooms, mazes and comfortable big mix rooms, showers, TV, and lube. Action, mostly weekends and mixed crowd. Clean and worth a visit." -- Christoffel01, Aug 20, 2015


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        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. Smokey and dingey, but still fun. 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 and can draw a lunchtime crowd. Bring your own safety supplies.


    • Prince UTOPIAN VERIFIED AUG 2015
        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 restaurant. 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 provided in your locker.

        Comments from Utopians:

        "Prince is now next to a restaurant. Also lube and condoms (and glowsticks) are now provided in your locker room." -- James, Aug 22, 2015

        "Prince's policy is that the manager does not allow bears, chubs, or persons over 40. The policy is something that has become a trend in Korea. It is mainly very young guys that hang out in the facility and you will not get action even if they change the policy. I am over 40, and the last time I could get in the place was great and clean. The younger crowd comes from the universities in the area. The place was crowded in the late afternoon and weekend nights. The action was also more Korean on Korean, and the body beautiful. If you qualify, it may be worth a visit." -- Christoffel01, Aug 20, 2015


        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.
    • 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.
    • Dae Sung UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2013
        About 5 minutes from 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 (sort of brown colored, 7 or 8 story building) where the sauna is located. To get in you go up the stairs to the end, then you go downstairs to the door. Enter and take your shoes off and put them into a locker. Hand the locker key to the man you paid. Then he'll give you another locker key for your clothes locker. Almost everyone is gay. Also you can stay overnight for an additional fee.
        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, kinky rooms with red lights and leather curtains, and even a BJ room; 4/F looks like something out of a pirate ship with long bunk rows top and bottom; 5/F is only open on Fri and Sat for spillover. 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:

        "GM has an underwear party every Tue, so Tue nights are popular as well as the weekends. The place is very clean and well managed. During the hot summer nights, especialy a Fri night, it is actually quiet, and very few young guys. I hope it 's just because of the weather. Maybe the owner should do more to attract a younger crowd, as Sky just down the road seems to do. Sky allows an age limit of 19-41 (above 41 not allowed). GM is great and is where the bear action is." -- Christoffel01, Aug 20, 2015

    • 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.
    • You Sung Sauna UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2013
        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 clean. Very active, but not gay, so be discreet. Action takes place in the sleeping room upstairs where pretty much anything goes and there's no attempt to hide it. Bring your own safety supplies.

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Sky (Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, just down the road from GM sauna) is a newly opened gay jjimjilbang (sleeping room). You will see it directly outside of Exit 7 on 3/F of the Seoul Espresso Bld. Sky has a policy of no people allowed over 41, ID required. The staff member was friendly and apologised taht I was over the age limit. It looked clean and neat. Give it a try and let Utopia know what it was like." -- Christoffel01, Aug 20, 2015

      "A new sauna called Man2Man has opened near Sindang Station. You can get in for W$5,000 during the day and after 6pm entrance is W$10,000. Young guys may qualify to get in for free. To get to Man2Man, take exit 6 of Sindang Station (line 6 and 2) and walk 20m (the police station is on your left), go straight across the alley road next the police station and take the second set of stairs in the grey building on the main street (a 24 hour restaurant is on the right, next to the stairs). Man2Man is on the 4/F. I have been there three times. It was always clean. Korean men in their 30s-40s, with a few young guys in their 20s. Last Tues night I saw the most handsome, beautiful guy ever! Busy on weekend nights and after 7pm at night. Nice cubicles to sleep in and have action. Safety products provided, and it has clean showers and towels with lockers. Had action during every visit with really friendly guys. The crowd is foreign-friendly and a great place for young and old. The owner loves younger guys, and he and his young lover are managing the sleeping room very well." -- Christoffel01, Aug 20, 2015

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