Beauty & Wellness
Beauty & Wellness Top 5 Hot Spots

When it comes to beauty, Koreans tend to prefer a holistic approach – one that centers on balancing the body, believing that affects your natural beauty more than anything. This has led to a growing interest in herbal medicine (which emphasizes an individual’s constitution and natural healing), beauty massages, meditation, and total relaxation. Let’s take a look at the top five spots that focus on this different approach to health and beauty.

Tea Therapy in Sinsa-dong

Tea Therapy is located in Sinsa-dong, Seoul. As its name suggests, this is a venue where you can heal your body and mind by drinking oriental herbal teas matched to your body’s constitution. Even the menu at this café is proof of its uniqueness: after answering a brief questionnaire on your personality and overall state of health, café staff will recommend an oriental herbal tea helpful in improving the condition of your body. These herbal teas use ingredients such as seasonal fruits, flowers, roots, leaves, and twigs that are known for being good for the body and rich in nutrients. 

For those with “mibyeong,” a term in traditional Korean medicine to describe a condition where one feels uncomfortable and tired all the time (although not severe enough to be diagnosed as having an illness), the staff has a special concoction of herbs that transform into a pleasant and aromatic tea. The café even offers foot baths, making it a perfect spot for some respite in the heart of a hectic city.

Sulwhasoo Flagship Store & Spa

Widely popular among Korean women in their 30s and 40s, Sulwhasoo—Korea’s premiere herbal cosmetics brand—operates their flagship store in Sinsa-dong, near Dosan Park. Here, you will find the company’s wide range of products all under one roof and have the ability to test and try all of them! You can even receive recommendations from beauty experts for products that match your skin type and concerns. On the first and fourth floor, there is a spa where you can enjoy a wide array of services, ranging from simple facials to advanced anti-aging spa treatments.

Jinan Red Ginseng Spa

One of the most popular souvenirs among visitors to Korea is ginseng, particularly red Ginseng, as the Korean variety of ginseng is of very high quality. With its nutrients and bio-active ingredients, red ginseng helps revitalize the body while boosting the immune system. There are several regions in Korea well-known for red ginseng, and Jinan is one of them. Located near the Maisan Mountain, Red Ginseng Spa is a major wellness retreat famous for its wide range of spa facilities that use traditional herbal medicine, particularly red ginseng.

Jinan Red Ginseng Spa’s most popular packages are the Taegeuk (Tai Chi) Bubble Sense Therapy, offering a red ginseng bubble massage, the Yangsaeng Herb therapy, where clients rest on beds of various herbs, and the Aqua Zone an outdoor open-air tub where you can relax in a beautiful natural setting. The spa also offers accommodations to give you ample time to enjoy the spa and explore nearby sites, such as Maisan Mountain.

Dongui Bogam Village (Sancheong Oriental Medicine Theme Park)

Written in the 17th century and inducted into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, the Dongui Bogam is considered the greatest Korean book written on traditional oriental medicine. The story of its author, Heo Jun, has been retold through several television dramas, which goes to show just how respected this book truly is.
Dongui Bogam Village Park boasts a plethora of attractions—from a museum devoted to the history of traditional Korean and oriental medicine and the medical significance of the Dongui Bogam, to an exhibition hall where rare species of herbs native to nearby Jirisan Mountain are put on display. The park also has a restaurant with a menu specializing in medicinal dishes as well as state-of-the-art oriental medicine facilities. Most notably, the herbal bath facility, which utilizes specially developed herbal bath salts, helps to restore the balance in your body and alleviate fatigue, all based on your individual physical constitution. This is the perfect spot to soak your aching body after a long day of walking.

OSULLOC Tea Museum & Innisfree Jeju House

A popular vacation spot for both domestic and foreign travelers, Jeju Island is home to numerous wellness hot spots. Among these, the OSULLOC Tea Museum & Innisfree Jeju House are two must-see destinations for anyone concerned about their health.
The OSULLOC Tea Museum, Korea’s first dedicated tea museum, serves as one of the top cultural spaces on Jeju, drawing over 1.5 million visitors annually. At the museum, visitors will get a chance to see tea-related artifacts from both Eastern and Western cultures. It also offers a special tour program where participants can try a wide variety of locally grown teas (some right next to the facility!) as well as learn how to make home-brewed tea taste better. (Reservations are available either online or by phone.)
Located right beside the OSULLOC Tea Museum, the Innisfree Jeju House is where you can experience organic dishes and eco-cosmetics made entirely from environmentally-friendly ingredients cultivated right here on Jeju island. The facility also offers spaces where you can take in the cooling breeze and relaxing forest sounds of Jeju, as well as smell the scents of native camellias and orchids. Plus, the House also sells DIY kits for you to make your own organic soap using natural Jeju ingredients, such as volcanic ash, green tea, and tangerines. Make the soap into any shape you want and inscribe a message on it, creating one of many precious memories you’ll have here of Jeju island.
* This page was last updated on January 31, 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here!


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