An adventure to Daegu “Spa” Valley

Last Saturday, Micah and I, as well as four of our fellow English Teacher friends made a trek to the Southern part of the city to Daegu Spa Valley. (Unfortunately, their website is only in Korean). 

If you are even remotely thinking of aromatherapy, soft instrumental music, candles, mood lighting, ice water with a hint of lemon, plush robes…STOP NOW! 


Here’s what this place had to offer:

  • A year-round water park (although part of the park is only open during the summer)
  • Numerous hot tubs, pools, soaking tubs, steam rooms, and saunas (some are co-ed, while others are separated for the men and women)
  • Heated lounge rooms for when you just want to take a nap or in some rooms, watch TV
  • The women’s area had a “scraping room” for those wanting a Korean scrub down
  • An eating area, complete with fast food restaurant
  • A very ugly uniform (to be worn in the “common areas” of the spa)SAM_0479

I’m sure there’s lots more, but the place was so big that we found it hard to navigate.

Here’s what it doesn’t offer:

  • R&R.  Although creatively titled “spa” – it doesn’t quite seem to fit the vision of what most westerners have in mind for a “spa day.”  There are TONS of little kids running all over the place, it’s very loud, and there’s absolutely no privacy.  (I’m sure on a weekday it is slower and might be a bit more relaxing, but I can’t make any promises on that.  The pics shown are when it was starting to close).

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  • A super hygienic-environment.  I’m not saying it was dirty, but there were definitely several occasions where we Westerners went…”ewwwwww.” 
  • A soothing place for the timid/shy.  There are several areas that are co-ed, but the women-only areas – you have to be naked.  The Korean women have no qualms about being naked around their fellow Korean women.  You just gotta go for it and don’t be offended if they stare.

The highlight of this place is the outdoor water slides.  Although it’s FREEZING outside, they keep two of three water slides open during the winter.  Additionally, there’s a few very hot outdoor tubs (which actually was relaxing to soak in), and a heated pool that winds its way through a tunnel. 


Back to the slides.  The bad part: You have to get out of the water, and expose yourself to the bitter cold as you run up the numerous flights of stairs to reach the top of the water slides.  The good part: You pick which slide you want…and slide away!  Both slides were really really fun and twisted you up, down, and side to side.  Each of us went several times on both slides.

A full-day pass with access to all the areas (any special treatments like a scrub or massage was extra) was 30,000 won (about $26).  You can also get a 1/2 day pass for half the price.


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  3. 3 p.sawyer March 28, 2011 at 12:41 am

    thanks for writing abt this! I’ll be visiting this place on a tour to Korea this April. Just wanted to check, is it a must to wear swimsuit in this place? My tour agency said it’s compulsory to do so, but I was thinking if Tshirt & shorts will suffice?

  4. 4 muchadoaboutlisa March 29, 2011 at 5:32 am

    You know…I’m not really sure. I imagine it would be okay…but I’d bring a swim suit just in case. They can be sticklers for the “rules.” For example, we wanted to take a quick dip in the swimming pool..and they would NOT let us in until we rented swim caps.

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