Just like Korean popular music (AKA "K-pop"), Korean beauty is making headlines in the U.S. recently. Do-it-yourself, single-use Korean sheet masks can be purchased at most beauty retailers to deliver hydration, firming, blemish control and more to your face. So it's no surprise that Korean spas have also surged in popularity, offers soaking tubs, saunas, steam rooms, and a host of body treatments and massage therapies to guests.
In L.A., though, they've seemingly always been popular. In particular, Koreatown has no shortage of Korean spas to choose from, with many offering extended hours (K-town is known for having a bustling late-night scene), an on-site restaurant and co-ed jimjilbang (communal rooms) for men, women and children.
Most Korean spas require an admission fee ($15–$30) for non-members, but depending on whether you choose an expensive treatment, this fee is often waived. Seaweed wraps, body scrubs, facials, acupressure, and mani-pedi services are typical, but services differ between spas. Treatments are optional, as many guests choose to simply use the spa facilities for the day. Since children are welcome at many of the spas, they tend to attract families and large groups. It's wise to arrive early to avoid crowds for a more exclusive experience.
Relaxation and rejuvenation are the name of the game at Korean spas where you can work out any muscle kinks and leave feeling refreshed. Once you've visited the best Korean spas in L.A., be sure to also check out the city's other top spas beyond Koreatown.