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If you don’t know what a jjimjilbang is then, oh my, you are missing out. Essentially, a Jjimjilbang is a Korean public bath house, but there’s so much more to it than that. The meaning of jjimjilbang comes from jjimjil a heated bath, but now refers to a whole bath house always comprised of baths and a heated communal resting area, and usually also including a range of other heated (or frozen) rooms and activity areas. Some even have movie theaters with massive, lounger-style seats.
And if you’re genuinely uncomfortable bathing communally (men and women are separate), it’s not compulsory. There will be signs about telling you to at least shower before entering the communal area, but it’s not like anyone’s checking (or will even notice). Besides, if you’re foreign and you don't know the language, you can’t read those signs! To avoid the public nudity bit, just get changed directly into your jjimjilbang clothing in the changing room, and then head on through to the communal area.