I tried the Korean bath houses when I went to South Korea. I had to strip & bathe with the Koreans..... ladies only although you can choose to go to the pool where men and women bathed together. I also had my body scrubbed by an acuma (Korean language for aunt).
It wasn't easy going stark naked in front of others, especially your students and their mothers. Once in the bath house, we each had a locker to keep our clothes & valuables and was given a small towel. You either cover your breasts or the pelvic area with it, there's not enough cloth to wrap around your butt. It was quite awkward for me at first, but when you step into the women's bath area, you would not bother covering yourself anymore.
You guys must be thinking, "Whoa! So lucky to see a whole roomful of naked women!" To tell you the truth, I was the most attractive naked woman there. It being working hours when I was there, most of the women were elderly housewives & their young grandchildren, young toddler boys too.
I tell you it was the most depressing sight I have ever seen. The saggy, wrinkly, droopy skin....... arrrgh.... Knowing I'm gonna look like that one day, I'm going to show more of my still youthful naked body to hubby whenever I have the chance. ^-^
It is very natural for the Korean ladies to walk around naked in the bath house. They would bathe right there, washing their private parts for all to see. And they would scrub one another's backs. Korean ladies have great complexions.
There was a cafe & they would sit there in their birthday suits eating or drinking. Nobody would stare, except us foreigners. I didn't dare to stare but I couldn't keep my jaws closed. hahaha.....
A scrub-back costs 25,000 won each (S$42.50).
I had to first lie face-up on a bench, the acuma poured 2 pails of warm water on my whole body, and rubbed bath lotion on my whole body with a sponge. Then she took a bath scrub and started scrubbing away. She doesn't understand English but she was chanting, " Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!". She made me touch the dead skin she had removed from my body. Oh my God! I'm so dirty! kekeke.....
I do scrub myself when I bathe but yet there is so much grime & dirt! Gosh! It's embarrassing! She told my friend,"Singapore dirty!"
Oh my, what has this got to do with my country? But I had my revenge when my friend's turn came. She had as much grime as me, so I screamed back,"Korea dirty, dirty! Very dirty!" And Koreans are supposed to have a good scrub every week! hehehe..... embarrassed eh, Sook Hui?
I felt good after that scrub. My skin felt so smooth & clean! The acuma didn't scrub very hard, it was very enjoyable actually. She washed my face with a seaweed cleanser & specially put on a yoghurt mask for me. I was told to rest in the Steam Room after that. I was so pleased with the acuma that I wanted to hug her, but she was taken aback & started screaming. hahaha....