By Nicole Brewer
One of my favorite past times while in South Korea was going to the jimjilbang (Korean for bath house). During the end of my summer vacation home to visit my family I decided to visit the Jeju Sauna and Wellbeing that is located in the north suburbs of Atlanta in Duluth, GA. It is located at 3555 Gwinnett Place Drive and open is 24 hours just like the saunas in S. Korea. It’s awesome because many expats while living abroad would stay at the bath house over night in the sleeping/resting area which is a viable option here as well.
Jeju Sauna is comprised of several areas for people to bath, as well as to relax with family and friends. There is a male and female bath area that allows for soaking in several heated indoor pools which also allow for waiting if one wants to get services done such as a body scrub down from a Korean ajumma (older lady) or the famous hip bath area that they are re-known for here. One of the ladies that overheard me speak of my time in Korea asked me if I had ever gotten the body scrub done before which I complied yes. Several of us started chatting and complained about how hard of a scrub they can sometimes do on your skin so be forewarned. If you want a more gentle scrub then you should request it in the beginning.
After showering, soaking in the tubs and bathing again I decided to move along to the common area that served up traditional Korean food. I was so delighted to dine on my favorite Korean meal which I hadn’t had since my time living there, Samgyetang (which I learned how to make in a cooking class while in Korea). I had a slight cold and wanted to eat this delicious meal which is good for fighting off a virus as it is a whole chicken stuffed with rice and ginseng.
After eating my meal in the traditional Korean style on a mat on the floor, I went into the sauna room area to lay about and relax. There are several rooms with themes such as the saunas back in S. Korea. My favorite was a cute gold and silver room. The jade room was also a delight and the ice room to cool down once your temp gets too hot. I did not partake in any additional services but as I sat at the tv area watching some good old K-pop videos I noticed another exchange as a lady walked out of getting a foot massage. The lady that was waiting to go in after her asked “how was it” and she just looked and let her eyes roll to the back of her and said they are the “Best.” One can get a foot massage, acupuncture or work-out upstairs in the gym. Atlanta area globe-trotters and those trotting to these parts, make sure you check out Jeju Sauna for an awesome Korean experience!