Expect to find an open-air bath, a cave bath (like you’re in an underground cave surrounded by hot water), a
waterfall bath (stand underneath the waterfall much like a shower), and a cherry bath (smelled and colored like
Even after you switch to the saunas to sweat a bit, there are several different temperatures to get you hot –
and most have TV’s inside.
In the unisex area there are several more saunas for the clothed people, along with an ice room (during the
winter, however, just step outside – not the most popular room as a result!), and Dr. Fish (where you put your
feet in a tank of small fish and they eat away all your dead skin!)
Hurshimchung / Heosimcheong Spa is worth the visit if you’re in Busan. It’s not a 24-hour jimjilbang (closes
at 10pm), so find a nearby motel if you need a place to sleep. There’s enough English to understand what’s going
on, and you will probably see a couple of other westerners around.
Directions: Take the Busan subway system to the Oncheonjang subway station on line 1. Take
exit 1 to street level, then cross the street using the pedestrian overpass. At the traffic light, turn right,
then another right at the Woori bank. Begin looking for the Hotel Nongshim on the left side of the road.
Hurshimchung is behind Hotel Nongshim – once inside the building take the escalator up to the spa.
To see Chris’ original review and all pictures, visit his blog at
Chris in South Korea.
Hurshimchung / Heosimcheong???: The two spellings may cause confusion. In each case, the spelling and pronunciation
is based on the Korean for the place – 허심청. The former is how the place refers to itself, while the latter is the
proper Romanization – don’t get confused since they sound pretty similar but are written differently.