Paradise Spa Dogo is a premium spa resort in Asan. The facility includes a pool for water massage treatments, a large pool with year-round warm sulfur hot springs, and a variety of water recreation options. Located in the reigning capital of Korea’s hot springs industry, Paradise Spa’s water is the reason for its reputation. There’s also a Doctor Fish foot bath, a kids land, and a lap pool for real swimming. Particularly popular is the outdoor event spa, which is run with seasonal themes.
While in Asan, you deserve a number of sulfuric pork-based local dishes and energizing varieties of grilled eels. Pigs there pick up sulfur naturally from Asan’s abundant water resources.
A spa visit can also be combined with a trip to one of the many nearby tourist favorites, such as Hyeonchungam Temple, Oeam-ri Folk Village, Onyang Folk Museum, Sinjeongho Lake, and the residence of Maeng Sa-seong, a famous 15th-century literati and prime minister for King Sejong.
An in-house condominium has plenty of rooms of various types and sizes. The neighborhood is also dotted with modest tourist hotels and lodging facilities.
T. 041-537-7100, www.paradisespa.co.kr
Admission is between 26,000 won–50,000 won.
(180-1 Gigok-ri, Dogo-myeon, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do | 충청남도 아산시 도고면 기곡리 180-1)
Catch a Mugunghwa train at Yongsan Station 용산역 (Line 1 or Jungang Line). After a 1.5-hr trip, get off at to Dogo Oncheon Station 도고온천역 and take a local bus headed for the spa. An intercity shuttle bus service, departing from Sadang Station 사당역 (Line 4) in Seoul at 8:40am, is available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A round-trip ticket costs 14,000 won.