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Yusong Foot Spa | Daejeon, South Korea

by Audrey on July 25, 2012

 

A few weeks ago we ventured down to the city of Daejeon to visit Sam’s former stomping grounds. He spent a year there teaching English to his best group of students yet, and so I too was eager to see what the city was all about. Of course it was a scorching summer day, so when we weren’t seeking solace from the heat in air conditioned buildings, we did manage to check out the traditional markets, eat delicious Chinese food, and best of all, venture off to the suburbs in search of a free spa. You said free? We’re on it!

Perhaps the name is misleading because no one will come rub your feet with sweet scented oils… Instead it’s more of a wading pool with waters that are rich in minerals. These waters come from various springs which run several hundred meters below the park, and they are kept at a close to scalding temperature, as you can see from my hobbling inย  the video. Hawt!

The Yusong Foot Spa is open 24 hours a day every day of the year, so whether you need to soak your feet after a long day of walking, or you simply want to thaw out your toes during the brutal winters, this is the place to go. The spa is frequented by locals; we mostly noticed families with children, and older Koreans socializing while they dabbled their toes.

The number one rule before setting foot in the spa is that you must rinse your feet. You will have people shaking their fists at you if you do otherwise. Once you are clean, you can then step in, find a seat along the length of the pool, and wade your feet as long as you can stand the waters.

Despite it being a well known spot in the city, there aren’t any signs marking the Yusong Foot Spa, and few people were able to give us accurate directions. We spent quite a bit of time walking in circles around the area, but once we finally found the park where the spa is located, we realized that it is actually quite easy to get to. So, if you are looking to visit, take Line 1 on the subway to Yuseong Spa Station. Come out through exit 7, and then walk one block north, and one block east. Voila, you are there!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Memographer July 26, 2012 at 3:26 am

Looks like a fun place!

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Sabina July 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm

One of the luxuries I indulged in while in SE Asia was foot massages. This is something I just never think about back home or in other parts of the world, but so many places in Asia I traveled to had them, so why not? Because they’re so popular I’m not surprised to see they had this foot spa too. I’ll try to hit it up if I get to Daejeon.

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Tiffany @ theUnimaginedLife July 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Oh, wow!…I’ve read lots of amazing posts about all the “fish spas” in SE Asia, and while they do sound amazing, I’m much more keen to put my feet in scalding hot water versus water with thousands of tiny piranha-like fish ๐Ÿ™‚

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Montecristo Travels August 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Oh no … i want to try the fish spa …LOL!!

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Natasha von Geldern July 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm

How wonderful to experience a real communal spa! Reminds me of the spas in Budapest, lots of old people and men playing chess (in the pool).

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Spencer August 1, 2012 at 2:42 am

Looks like a very relaxing way to hang out!

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Montecristo Travels August 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

How wonderful … with all the Nordic style spa’s springing up here in Canada … I wonder how long before an “imitation” of this comes about too!

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OutsideTheGuidebook September 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I am so going to enjoy this ha ha ha, must be a fun date! Pinning this now.. (BTW, a short video would be ace if you could do it)

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Charu October 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

Cool experience! Love the communal aspect of a spa.

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Agness (@Agnesstramp) October 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I never had a massage but that looks so nice. You are so lucky ๐Ÿ™‚ How much does it cost if I might ask:)))?

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