Tongdosa Temple, South Korea

In my last post, I told you a bit more about what Haeundae Beach is like during summer. My next summer time recommendation is Tongdosa Temple. It’s located in Yangsan, just between Busan and Ulsan.

There’s a stream near the entrance that is quite popular among the Koreans.

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Buddhism in Thailand

Phuket was amazing… Loved seeing how different Buddhists in Korea look from these Buddhist monks in Thailand.

Buddhist Monk Phuket Thailand

Choo choo!

I have been so busy this week enjoying time with my friends! Since I wasn’t able to post on Friday, I decided to share something with you today…

Have you ever been invited to sit in the conductor’s booth?

Melissa, Mendi and I were only able to buy standing room seats for the train from Busan to Ulsan. By the end of the trip, the conductor in the caboose of the train must have been so tired of bumping us with his door each time he went in and out that he decided to invite us in his booth. Then he held out his phone for 5 minutes to show us an amazing video he took from his booth of the train running along the tracks.

Here’s a short clip of the view from the conductor’s booth.

Say WHAT?!

My dear friends Mendi and Melissa are visiting me in Korea. We have been having a great time wandering around my neighborhood. We saw some AMAZING things, but it wasn’t until the end of the night that we saw something that made us speechless. But Melissa still managed to pose for a photo…

Engrish Mustache Rides

Say WHAT?!

Motivation Monday

Motivation Monday

 

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” -Hilaire Belloc

Spa Sarojin, Old Downtown Ulsan

Unfortunately, it seems as though Spa Sarojin has closed. The Thai restaurant on the first floor is still open.

Have you ever walked by this building in Old Downtown? It is the host of a barbecue, wedding planner, coffee shop, a pretty good Thai restaurant, and spa, all sharing the Sarojin name.

Spa Sarojin

The spa is on the 3rd floor. Before walking through the door, make sure you take your shoes off and put on a pair of the provided slippers.

You’ll be greeted with a smile by the manager of the spa. Her English name is Lyndsey. She speaks English fairly well so as long as you’re patient, communication shouldn’t be a problem. When I initially went in for information, she gave me their spa menu in Korean and told me the very basics of each treatment. I took the menu home and translated it into English (scroll to the bottom of the post for the menu/price list).

My experience was quite interesting. After changing into my gown, I realized I wasn’t told how to lay in the bed so I just sat there and waited. The two Thai massage therapists and the manager all came into the room and helped me get situated.

I had booked a Basic Body Treatment Massage and a Trouble Therapy Facial. They started with the back massage. Both therapists stayed in the room, but only one was working on me. The therapist started out straddling me on the bed and the massage was really relaxing. Once she hopped down off the bed she started using what felt like her elbows. It hurt so much, but I can only blame myself. When asked, I said I wanted it “a little bit strong.” I don’t think the Thai girls spoke English well because they didn’t understand me telling them that it was hurting (I think they thought I was saying I was hot). If you don’t like feeling elbows running down each of your back ribs and shoulder blades, repeatedly, then I suggest you mention that to Lyndsey before your massage. I told her that it was painful afterwards and I’ll definitely ask them to take it much easier on me next time.

The facial felt amazing! It was so relaxing. The best part was the face and scalp massage. I felt more relaxed during that bit than I ever have during a massage or facial before. If you want extractions, you need to ask beforehand. Just say “black heads” instead of extractions and she should understand what you want.

Overall, I’m very pleased with Spa Sarojin and I will definitely be going back. Next time I’ll be sure to say I’d like a very gentle massage. 😉

PLEASE NOTE: Spa Sarojin only takes cash. They do not take credit cards.

Facials

A. Basic Care

B. Anti Aging & Lifting

C. Trouble Therapy

D. V Line Contouring

Duration

60 Minutes

60 Minutes

60 Minutes

60 Minutes

Price

40,000 won

40,000 won

60,000 won

60,000 won

Sarojin Gold Facials

E. Whitening Care

 F. Blue Caviar Therapy

Program

PH balance, intensive moisturizing,                              promotes cell regeneration, whitening

Promotes lymphatic circulation,                                 strengthens skin elasticity

Duration

60 Minutes

60 Minutes

Price

80,000 won

80,000 won

Massage Treatments

G. Basic Body Treatment

H. Slimming

I. Body Scrub Treatment

Thai Massage

Program

Back & lower body aroma massage, muscle relaxation

Forearm, abdomen, thighs and calves: Improves circulation, helps detoxify the body

Sauna, aromatherapy body massage, muscle relaxation, exfoliating

Thai Yoga Massage/Therapy

Duration

60 Minutes

60 Minutes

120 Minutes

 120 minutes

Price

60,000 won

60,000 won

70,000 won

120,000 won

30 Minute Massage

J. Scalp

K. Feet

L. Abdomen

M. Back

N. Legs

30 Minutes

30 Minutes

30 Minutes

30 Minutes

30 Minutes

40,000 won

40,000 won

40,000 won

40,000 won

40,000 won

Lyndsey also told me that if you pay for 10 treatments upfront, you will get a discount or many many service-uh! If you’ve been in Korea long enough, you know that’s Konglish for freebies. I asked if you can buy the package and share it and she said that’s fine. The package I bought was 500,000 won and she said that it will give me a 700,000 won credit. That should last Dave and I awhile.

Spa Sarojin
11:00am – 10:00pm
Closed Wednesdays

Phone: 070-8258-4668

PLEASE NOTE: Spa Sarojin only takes cash. They do not take credit cards.

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Street Food

This picture is of a street food vendor near my apartment. She is making hoddeok, which is my absolute favorite street food in Korea. It’s kind of like a pancake stuffed with cinnamon, sugar and seeds and then fried. So fattening, but so delicious!

Her cart also sold fish cakes on a stick and silkworm larvae, which you can see in the photo below.

hoddeok