As part of our staycation this past July 4th weekend, my family decided to spend some time at Wi Spa since we had heard so much about it from friends and celebrities. Ever since Conan did a segment on it with Stephen Yeun about four years ago, I have always wanted to try it for myself!
Wi Spa is well-known in Los Angeles for being open 24 hours a day and for offering an ancient Korean style experience. Located on Wilshire at the heart of Koreatown, Wi Spa has multiple floors of hot and cold baths, unique saunas, gyms, beautician rooms, and relaxation nooks. While some areas are divided by gender, the main area, called the jimjilbang, is open to everyone, including children.
Upon arrival, we were each given a set of comfortable clothes to wear throughout the complex, as well as a locker key to store all our personal items. None of us brought any work or study materials with us since we were going to a spa, but there were many others who had books and computers with them in the main space. Since Wi Spa only costs $30 to enter and $15 to stay overnight, it is significantly cheaper than staying at a hotel, so I assume some people would consider it like any other work space.
After spending some time in the saunas (my favorite was the one filled with pieces of Himalayan sea salt and other minerals), we each did their signature body scrub and a massage. It truly was unlike any experience I have had before. They basically used a rough sponge and removed the outer layers of skin while continuously rinsing your body with water! It was definitely painful at times, but we were so smooth afterwards. I’m not sure if I’ll ever do that again, but I am really glad I tried it!
If you’re looking for a fun place to spend time with your family or friends, I’d highly suggest Wi Spa. It is an extremely unique experience and quickly gaining popularity in LA!
Published on July 22nd, 2019
Last updated on April 1st, 2021