Dr. Fish Cafes are located throughout Korea, but the one I went to was located in Gangnam. The basic idea is that you put your feet in a tank with little fish and they eat off all of the dead skin, leaving your feet healthy and freshly pedicured! When you get to the cafe, you need to order a drink. I got a pink lemonade for 5,500 won. Drinks also come with unlimited bread, butter, jam, and coffee. Dr. Fish is an extra 2,000 won. It is a bit confusing because no one tells you when you will get to use the pool for Dr. Fish. My advice is to sit near the pool and when you see the employee who gets people in and out, let him know that you are waiting. He will let you know how long the wait is and come get you when it is your turn.
So, after a 45 minute wait it was finally our time. I was a little apprehensive and I have to say, it was way weirder than I thought it would be! It seemed like those fish had giant teeth, and it kind of felt like little electric shocks! It was hard to keep my feet in the water for more than a few seconds and by the time I got used to it, we had to get out (15 minutes). It was definitely an interesting experience!
If you’re looking to combine a Dr. Fish experience with a weekend at a spa, head to Icheon, the city of mineral water, about an hour from Seoul. Termeden Spa and Resort is a spectacular Japanese-type hot spring spa and is the world’s fifth spa to import Dr. Fish. To read all about this spa and resort, click here. It makes for a very relaxing and rejuvenating weekend getaway!
Jennifer Pace –Bundang, Seoul, South Korea
- How To Get There: To get to the Dr. Fish Cafe in Gangnam, go to Gangnam station, exit 6. Walk a few blocks and it is in the building next to Krispy Kreme on the 2nd floor. For
- How Much: 2,000 won plus the cost of a drink.
- Contact Info: Gangnam’s Dr. Fish Cafe: 02-599-1210 . For all info on Dr. Fish at Termeden Spa and Resort, click here.
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