YES. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT BATHHOUSES & IT’S NSFW
This is definitely a giggles post. Need I say more?
So since our trip to South Korea last year, my friend and I have been reminiscing of the jjimjjilbangs, aka Korean Bathhouses.
They are definitely an experience! And from that, I mean, after knowing her for 20+ odd years, we’ve become that much closer because little did we know that when you go to into a Korean bathhouse, everybody strips down to their butt naked birthday suit. They give you a tiny towel… not to cover yourself, but for you to lay down to sit on… It’s just a whole lot of nakedness.
Besides that part though, they have these ahjumas (older ladies) that use a sponge (think the ones you use to clean stains off your pots) and ferciously scrub you down. Scrub you down EVERYWHERE. I felt like a car going through a carwash.
Despite that sounding horrific (it was kind of in reality), I had never felt cleaner after and softer! The Korean scrubs do wonders to your skin.
Searching for a Korean bathhouse in HK…
So being the good friend that I am, and the Google dependent person that I am, I googled “Korean Bathhouses, Hong Kong” to see if I could whisk her away to another Korean Spa experience without leaving HK..
To my horrified (I was googling in a very public area, mind you) and bemused amusement…
Bathhouses are as per Wiki:
“Commercial bathhouses are for men to have sex with other men”
And urban dictionary (top definition):
” A sauna type place where gay guys f***”
Was I the only one who didn’t know that? Never thought of myself as that innocent… but I didn’t know ever know that bathhouses where really synonyms of well… the definitions above.
Well, there you go… No Korean-style bathhouses in Hong Kong, but I did find a website with all the bathhouses listed by country/region/city and there are plenty of the Urban Dictionary-type bathhouses in HK.
I’ve probably walked past one, without knowing was was going on inside. Who knew! Seriously, am I the only one?! MIND. BLOWN.
And since I clear my cache never, well bathhouse is now in my Google search history. Sigh. Could be worse I guess. I mean, I could have Googled a tossed salad with a tuna melt right?