Spa 1899 Donginbi

Spa 1899 Donginbi in Seoul – A Detailed Review

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Are you looking for a pampering experience to fully relax and forget the world around you? Spa 1899 Donginbi is the perfect place to do just that. Let the power of red ginseng enhance your inner and outer beauty with one of the tranquilizing treatments at Spa 1899 Donginbi.

I visited Spa 1899 Donginbi as a 2020 Wellness Tourism Supporters from the Korea Tourism Organization. All opinions are my own.

What’s Spa 1899 Donginbi?

SPA 1899 was created by Korea Ginseng Corporation, the world’s leading expert in red ginseng since 1899. The spa offers a variety of spa treatments involving products made of red ginseng. The treatments at Spa 1899 Donginbi are based on ancient Korean care methods using 6-year-old red ginseng.

The Benefits of Red Ginseng

Red ginseng has been an integral and very valuable part of traditional Korean medicine for centuries. To reveal its healing properties and benefits, the red ginseng is unpeeled and steamed for about three hours before being slowly dried. This process transforms the root into a very effective anti-aging and beauty ingredient.

Red ginseng is rich in saponin, bitter-tasting, plant-derived organic chemicals, which are known to enhance and revive the immune system. Ginsenosides, a kind of steroid glycosides, also contained in ginseng, help digestion and promotes metabolism activity.

Historic records reveal that red ginseng was used for the treatment of body ailments since ancient times. During the Joseon Dynasty, royal women at court used red ginseng in tea to enhance their skin texture and they also added ginseng blossoms to their baths to soften their skin.

Spa 1899 Donginbi is the only spa that uses this special kind of red ginseng in spa treatments.

Spa 1899 Donginbi

How to get to Spa 1899 Donginbi

Spa 1899 Donginbi has two branches in Seoul and one branch in Busan. I visited their Myeongdong branch, which is located inside Hotel Skypark Central, in one of the side streets away from the main shopping area.

Myeongdong Branch

Hotel Skypark Central B1F, Myeongdong-9-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul


Daechi Branch

KT&G Tower B2F, 1002, Daechi-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul


Haeundae Branch

Daom Building 6F, 277, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan


Available Spa Treatments

You can choose between three different program lengths at Spa 1899 Donginbi: Single Care (60 minutes), Multi Care (120 minutes) and Full Care (180 minutes).

Single Care Options (60 minutes)

Spa 1899 Donginbi

Multi Care Options (120 minutes)

Spa 1899 Donginbi

Full Care Option (180 minutes)

Spa 1899 Donginbi
Spa 1899 Donginbi
Interior of Spa 1899 Donginbi

Spa 1899 Donginbi

Multi Care Experience

I had the chance to try out Spa 1899 Donginbi’s 2-hour multi care experience. With this package, you can choose between either facial + upper body treatments (option A), full body + foot treatments (option B) or facial + full body treatments (option C).

Option A, the facial and upper body treatment, seemed like a great choice (it’s also the most popular option at the spa).

The spa experience starts as soon as you set foot into the spa, where you are not only greeted by friendly staff but also by a fragrant scent of red ginseng and relaxing music.

The waiting area showcases the most popular Donginbi red ginseng products, that they also sell in their spa and in various beauty stores across the country. While you are waiting for the room to be prepared, you can enjoy delicious red ginseng tea and also try your way through the Donginbi skincare line.

Spa 1899 Donginbi

Red Ginseng Treatments

After having the delicious red ginseng tea, the spa experience begins. First, you are led to the private spa room, undress, and change into a comfortable robe. Then, the multi care experience begins with a red ginseng foot bath.

Next is upper body care. This entails a deep-tissue back massage with red ginseng oil. After a thorough back massage, you turn over and the second part of the experience begins.

During the decollete massage, the therapist gently massages your face in relaxing, circular motions and extends the motion to your neck as well.

If you wear makeup, your face is gently cleansed before continuing with peeling, steaming, and moisturizing treatments.

I absolutely loved this treatment, especially because of the fragrant smell of red ginseng, which also made me even more calm and relaxed.

The facial was amazing and my skin felt incredible for many days afterward.

@spa1899 Instagram

Get Pampered at Spa 1899 Donginbi!

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Spa 1899 Donginbi in Myeongdong and will definitely be back for some more spa treatments in the future. If you want to treat yourself or give someone else a special gift, Spa 1899 Donginbi is a great choice!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram


Get your Free Seoul City Check List

This downloadable checklist for Seoul contains insider information on what to see, do, eat, and where to shop and party in Seoul, South Korea.

Pin it and save it for later!

Spa 1899 Donginbi

Check out more Korea Content:

Posted in ,


Linda has been living in Asia since 2012 and loves sharing her travel and life experiences on her website. She currently works remotely in Online Marketing and also teaches various English classes in South Korea.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


안녕, I'm linda :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you find what you are looking for and return for more.

Follow Me

Where I am now

Cheongju, South Korea (2)

Linda Goes East Shop

Shop Korea-inspired home decor prints. Unique. Affordable. Korea.