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“Scrub? Scrub?”

Getting the raw rub at a bathhouse

Mar 09,2003
The following is a tip on traditional Korean language and customs in response to a query from a Mr. Butterman, who wrote to us from Seoul:

Q. Mr. Butterman:
I recently went to a Korean bathhouse for the first time. When I entered, a man kept asking me, “Scrub? Scrub?” I finally nodded, since I thought What else do you do in a bathhouse except soak and scrub your body? But by indicating yes, I agreed to let a guy at a massage table use a coarse cloth to scrape and scour every inch of my naked epidermis. Feeling as if I were being worked over with a Brillo pad, I wondered when the blood would begin to flow. After 20 minutes of this treatment, however, I actually felt pretty good. What exactly is this bathhouse sandpaper made of and what’s the point of this procedure?

A. IHT-JAD:
Many Koreans hardly find Western-style showers relaxing or cleansing. Those who have gotten used to exfoliation after a deep soak at a public bathhouse find it quite addictive. They simply don’t feel clean until “dirt” is scrubbed off using a rough nylon towel refined decades ago by a Korean inventor.


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