The Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath is back! This attraction located in Daejeon, was unfortunately closed temporarily due to covid. However, it is now open again, although with a few restrictions.
Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath is divided into two main areas. The Foot Bath Experience Center (족욕체험장) and Oriental Medicine Foot Bath Cafe (한방 족욕 카페). Since I went during winter, no other events were happening in the area. But I was told the place is one of the most famous places in town for both tourists and locals. So, it is worth a visit no matter when you decide to go.
The springs are 100% natural. The water comes from around 100 meters underground. The water naturally contains more than 60 different minerals including zinc and iron. Plus, the location is known to have a lot of radium and silica (which it is most famous for). The pH is 8.89 and leaves a soft, smooth feel on your skin.
Foot Bath Experience Center
The first section of the hot springs has three pools, in which one is still closed due to covid.
The larger pools have surfaces made of pebbles and rocks. Overall, a pleasingly constructed hot spring. It has a water temperature of 41°C.
The closed pool is a semi- indoor square-shaped hot spring that would normally be perfect on days with less than ideal weather
Overall, the area could easily hold 75 people.
Oriental Medicine Foot Bath Cafe
This section of the hot springs is a more modest area. It is made of pools with flowing water that have different temperatures. Each pool has a name representing the four healing effects the hot springs have.
Benefit 1: Heart
Alleviates pains of cardiovascular diseases by improving blood circulation and activating capillaries on the feet.
Benefit 2: Toxins
Release of salinity and toxins from the feet, increasing metabolism. Also lowers cholesterol.
Benefit 3: Stress
By relaxing, it can help with concentration and stress relief. This promotes a healthy lifestyle by helping the body and soul.
Benefit 4: Temperature
Warm temperature can help you normalize your body temperature and physiological functions.
Because it is a natural hot spring, the temperatures can fluctuate. The pools can run between 25° and 53°C. When I went, the temperatures were visible using a digital monitor. The temperatures of the streams were 41.7°, 36.2°, 42.6°, and 37.9°C.
A personal tip: avoid temperatures over 38°C. It was way too hot! I don’t know how anyone could handle 39 degrees, never mind 53.
Things You Should Know Before You Go
Yuseong Hot Springs Public Foot Bath is open to the public and is free for whoever walks by! Now that it has just reopened, the springs are not crowded so it is the perfect time to go.
You have to wash your feet before going into the pool. They have faucets and designated places where you can wash up next to each pool.
Also, they recommend you only use hotter pools for 30 minutes to avoid heatstroke.
Yuseong Hot Springs Address: 552-5 Bongmyeong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon Directions: From Daejeon Station, you can take Bus No. 110, 111, 111-1, 120, 160, 161, 170, or 222 and get off at Oncheon 4 geori Bus Stop. You will be able to see it from the station.
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