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Bathhouse Basics 4. The Bucket Seat

Posted in bathhouse and jjimjilbang culture, bathhouse Basics by 노강호 on June 10, 2010

I have seen only a handful of westerners in bathhouses though if I were in downtown Seoul I’d probably see more but one thing I have yet to see is a waygukin sitting on a bucket seat!

A Bathhouse 'bucket' seat.

In orange

These are simple plastic seats the size of a bucket and on which you sit at the sit down shower units. Bathhouses always have stand up shower units and rows of sit down facilities. Initially, I avoided sitting as I felt the squat position required undignified but you quickly adjust. Koreans often spray the shower over the top of them before sitting and often, once they have finished using them. Some Koreans also sit on the floor especially when cleaning their feet.

Bathhouse sit down shower units

Sitting on the floor is also common

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  1. thesupplanter said, on June 11, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I always use the seat. It’s easier to wash yourself.

  2. patrick said, on July 14, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    where can i buy one??

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