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Visitors enjoy a warm soak at the Suanbo Hot Spring in Chungju, North Chungcheong. Provided by the Korea Tourism Organization

Oh, the weather outside is frightful. But a warm bath is so delightful, and for those with no place to go .?.?. why not take a trip down to one of the many hot springs around the country? If the thought of Christmas shopping and year-end projects have you stressed, the winter holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy the warm soothing hot springs around the country. The Korea Tourism Organization recommends the hot spring resorts in Chungju, North Chungcheong; Damyang, South Jeolla; Uljin, North Gyeongsang; and Gangneung, Gangwon, for anyone in Korea in the month of December and beyond.

Chungju, North Chungcheong

According to the Korea Tourism Organization, the hot springs of Chungju have been well-known for centuries, dating back to the Goryeo (918 to 1392) and Joseon (1392 to 1897) Dynasty periods. The natural temperature of the water is an average of 53 degrees Celsius (127.4 Fahrenheit). The city of Chungju manages the water in the hot spring, distributing it to over 20 spas and bath houses around the city.

One advantage of stopping in Chungju in the upcoming month may be the abundant number of hot springs and the city’s central location, which makes it easily accessible from anywhere in the country.

For more information, visit the city’s Web site at www.cj100.net. Suanbo Hot Spring is just one of the resorts in the area. Visit its Web site at www.suanbo.or.kr.


Damyang, South Jeolla

There’s nothing quite like a soak in a steaming outdoor tub in the dead of winter. Damyang Resort is an ideal place for a family outing. The four-story building includes everything from indoor and outdoor hot spring facilities to a swimming pool and a walking trail lined with bamboo trees.

For more information, visit the city’s Web site at www.damyang.go.kr or the resort’s Web site at www.damyangresort.com.


Uljin, North Gyeongsang

Uljin is widely known for its Jook Byeon Port and Hoopoe Port and its scenic coast, but it also boasts plenty of hot springs. No one knows for certain but the history of the hot springs in the area can be traced back 600 years to 1,000 years. It is not a stretch to say the Uljin area hosts some of the best hot springs on Korea’s east coast. Deokgu Hot Spring and Baekam Hot Spring are just two of the storied hot springs in the city.

For more information, visit www.uljin.go.kr. For Hotel Deokgu Spa go to http://duckku.co.kr and for Baekam Hot Spring Phoenix Hotel call (054) 787-3044.


Gangneung, Gangwon

Jeongdongjin Beach and its scenic area is one of the most popular destinations for couples but it is also a great place for those looking for a rejuvenating weekend getaway. Geumjin Hot Spring provides water from 1,100 meters (3,609 feet) below sea level. One can enjoy an indoor soak with a panoramic view of the ocean just out the window.

For more information visit, www.gntour.com or call Geumjin Hot Spring at (033) 534-7397.


By Jason Kim [jason@joongang.co.kr]
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