Are Onsen hot springs popular in Korea like they are in Japan? Does anyone know of any good Onsen in the Seoul area. Especially looking for ones downtown that may be accessible by transit. Obviously I'm not too concerned that they be authentic hot-springs, but just looing for that relaxing, peaceful Onsen experience. Somewhere to soak all day and enjoy a few cold beers. If you are not concerned about the authenticity, try the public bath houses.
What to do at a Japanese onsen – a guide for beginners
Japanese Onsen (Hot Springs): An Introduction
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One of the highlights of traveling around Japan is a relaxing stay at a Japanese onsen hot springs resort. Hot springs are common in many countries, but what makes Japan unique is the onsen culture, which blends an appreciation of nature with a sophisticated philosophy. Here is your guide to onsen — the different types, the best times and places to go, and the all-important onsen etiquette.
Curious, I looked in cupboards and searched for hidden panels in the wall where perhaps a Murphy bed could be hiding. Then it dawned on me. My room search had revealed that another fairly important feature was missing from my hotel room: a bath or shower. This area is known for its hot springs, called onsen, and visitors travel from around the world to bathe in the naturally hot water.