What do maroon pajamas, shaved ice, and mugwort have in common? They can all be found in a Korean spa!
This episode, we make a bathing pilgrimage to Korea– well Los Angeles’ Koreatown, to take a grand tour of Korean spas. Also known as jjimjilbangs, Korean spas are a mainstay in the Korean-American diaspora as a place for friends and family to gather, socialize, wash-up and escape the stresses of city-dwelling.
We also talk to travel writer and chef Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee about bathhouse culture growing up in South Korea, and dare to dream about world peace facilitated through an underground spa bunker.
Take a Deeper Dive
Thanks to Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee for talking with us this episode! You can find her at littlececilia.com, or slinging delicious Korean-Mexican fare behind the counter of her restaurant, Nabi. We heartily recommend the Dictator Rice Bowl and her spin on a Mexican torta with Korean beef, gochujang mayo, and all the fixings.