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When was the last time you bathe naked with hundreds of strangers? Well, unless you're a Japanese, don't cheat yourself of this unique local experience .
Shed your inhibitions and soak yourself silly in the hot waters of Oseak. Besides, anonymity is the best cover for nudity so there's hardly any chance of you bumping into your wrinkled old, nosey aunt in the nude and getting your buttocks pinched.
Oseak is argubaly the best hot spring in Korea as the waters are medicinal. Forget about Waterpia, it's more of a theme park for tourists.
Head for GreenYard Hotel in Oseak Hot Springs. They have the best bathing facility and they charge only about 6000won for the entrance fee (Compare to 15000won for a sauna in Seoul ) .
Do remember to bring your own loofah scrub, soap and shampoo as you'll only be given a towel and locker key upon entering. (Even if you do forget, you can use the common soap found there.)
After stripping, bathe and scrub yourself first before dipping into the hot bath. There's a variety of waters to be found there. So you can choose to immerse yourself into a herbal bath or brew yourself in a green tea bath.
After that, jump into freezing carbonated water. Now, before you assume I'm sadistic, let me just assure you that it's strangely comforting. The first few seconds are agonising but you'll feel embalmed with a warm but tingly feeling after a while.
Head for the sauna next and roast yourself on a woven husk mat before repeating the cycle. I never felt as contented as I did when I was in the sauna. The heady, grassy smell from the mat nearly lulled me to sleep.
Address: Osaek-ri, Seo-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do
Directions: Take a bus to Oseak from the Inter-city bus terminal in Sokcho. The journey cost about a couple of bucks and takes about 40min. The bath, on the other hand costs 6000won.
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