Yongsan Dragon Hill Spa and Resort [드래곤힐스파]

True Beauty (2020-21); Cheongdamdong Alice (2012-13)

Im Ju-kyung (Moon Ga-young) accompanies her older, hungover sister to this up-market jjimjilbang (bathhouse), bribed by the promise of eating spicy chicken feet and boiled eggs in episode 6 of True Beauty/Yeoshingangrim (여신강림) (tvN, 2020-21). Unfortunately for Ju-kyung, Seo-joon (Hwang In-yeop) and another classmate arrive; worried that they would recognise her without her makeup, she attempts to avoid them at all costs — even if it meant shrivelling to a crisp in the sauna!

Han Se-gyung (Moon Geun-young) hides out at this spa in episode 8 of Cheongdamdong Alice/Cheongdam-dong Alice/Alice in Cheongdam-dong (청담동 앨리스) (SBS, 2012-13) until Jean Thierry Cha tracks her down on the parking lot and tells her that he is actually the Artemis’ CEO.

Variety Shows Filmed Here

Running Man (런닝맨) (SBS 2011-present) — episode 137, March 17, 2013 w/No Sayeon (노사연) and Uee (유이)
The Return of Superman (슈퍼맨이 돌아왔다) (KBS2, 2013–present)

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Yongsan Dragon Hill Spa and Resort [드래곤힐스파] advertised as a“healing paradise in the heart of the downtown” is the largest spa in Seoul, occupying a seven-story building located in the neighborhood Hangangno [Hangangno-dong/한강로동] 1∼3 in the Yongsan District [Yongsan-gu/용산구]; just over the street from/to IPARK Mall [아이파크몰].

The spa is a place of relaxation with the slogan of “Naturalism in the heart of the city” and prides itself on being very foreigner friendly. This extravagant bathhouse boasts various treatments including charcoal, pine, salt crystal and hinoki (oak wood) saunas, ice room, pyramid meditation, and nephrite jade energy rooms. It also includes onsens, facials and body treatments, massage, nail art, swimming pool, cinema, games arcade, gym, horse riding (!), PC bang, karaoke, restaurants, and a snack bar.

Pine tree saunas, according to the Dragon Hill website, are useful in “detoxifying your body, without the usual dizziness or drowsiness usually felt in hot saunas”. The scent of pine trees is used for aromatherapy and is said to treat a number of disorders and eliminates harmful substances such as alcohol and nicotine, and is also effective in enhancing stamina and restoring vigour.

40 Hangang-daero 21na-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 용산구 한강대로21나길 40
(한강로3가 40-712)
Geolocation: 37.528311, 126.964121

Getting here
Yongsan Station [용산역], KTX/Seoul Subway Line 1, Exit 1
(3 min. walk)
Shinyongsan Station [신용산역], Seoul Subway Line 4, Exit 3
(5 min. walk)

— submitted by sarahms
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, May 2018 and by © sarahms, April 2019
Cheongdamdong Alice added by Marion KDL

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Open 24 hrs ------------ General admission starts at 13,000 won (for up to 12 hours) which includes shorts, t-shirt and towel, spa access key and locker. Spa packages 119,000 won upwards.