The men gathered in their own bathhouse to take a bath. Grandpa asked everyone, “You lived in this world until now, and you feel the happiest moment.” Some people say that when the child was born, someone answered the promotion notice. Some people said that they played A golf ball enters the hole… Everyone says the definition of happiness according to their own understanding. For the grandfather of the finale, “Now, this is the time, with you, soaking in the pool.” The happiest moment…” This is a scene from the classic Korean drama “The Men of the Bathhouse Boss”. For many Koreans, the bathhouse is a special place. Bathing is a special experience and a microcosm of the “love” culture.
“Clay is still easier for experts to come out”
Everyone will go to the public bathhouse every weekend morning and become a warm memory of many Koreans. Son and father, grandson and grandfather, daughter-in-law and mother-in-law, next door uncle and next door guy, everyone or help each other, or a few people in a circle, while carrying their backs, exchange feelings, open their hearts. Around the 1970s and 1980s, the Korean family structure began to change from a big family to a small family. From traditional Hanok to apartment culture, the traditional public bathhouse was gradually replaced by a steaming room with entertainment facilities and a bathhouse. Bathing has gradually become a kind of consumption, which has spawned a profession.
During his stay in Korea, the Global Times reporter went to the steaming room to experience a Korean bathing culture. The first is the shower, which cleans the hair and body. The second step is to soak the hot springs to quickly open the pores of the skin and remove toxins from the body. In addition to the traditional sense of water temperature is divided into hot soup, warm soup, cold soup, hot spring pool is divided into different parts of seawater soup, ginseng soup, tonic soup. The third and most important step is to take a bath, which helps people remove dead skin from the surface of the skin. The “bathroom” often has a separate bath room. The various services are clearly priced. The bather will guide the customer to relax and use the rough towel to get the strength. The customer is very exhausted while enjoying it. Some people say that this process makes the skin reborn, magical and painful.
Friends will have fun to say that even if you take a shower every day, you will always feel uncomfortable when you come down. “The bath before it was washed!” For the professional bathing technique, many people said, “Maybe there is no experience.” People who have passed, but there will never be people who only experience it once. “The mud is still easier for experts to find out.”
The bather’s occupation number 42234
In Korea, the bather has a resounding term – bathing manager. For a list of the “Korean Standard Occupational Classifications”, you will find that the Bathing Manager Occupation No. 42234 is defined as a person who helps customers bathe, massage to relieve fatigue and provide beauty services.
In fact, even in South Korea more than 20 years ago, most of the bathing divisions were considered to be relatively low-level jobs, even without a special title, often referred to as “bathing”. Until the beginning of this century, the Korean public opinion triggered a debate about the occupation of the bathing division. In 2007, the Department of Statistics added the name “Bathing Manager” in the “Korean Standard Occupational Classification” amendment.
South Korea also has a gold medalist, named Jin Shangyu. He said, “Bathing is an art”, every body is a piece of art, bathing can not rely on brute force, fingers should master the rhythm like playing the piano. With a bath, Jin Shangyi received a very good income and set up his own dedicated bathing team and brand. Depending on the bathing area and the type of massage, the price ranges from 30,000 won to 100,000 won (about 180 yuan – 600 yuan). He is also preparing to open a bathing school.
About bathing, there are dozens of large and small educational and training institutions in Korea. Such as the Skin Bathing Manager Education Institute, the Skin Education Management Association, and the local bathing school. According to industry insiders, today’s bathing is no longer a simple cleansing of mud, but a combination of massage, sports massage, steam massage and other services. Participants from the study of bathing massage techniques, to actual combat between each other, but also to learn theoretical knowledge, know how to identify the skin of customers, because of the “skin”.
The cafe has a bathhouse theme
Interestingly, Korean bathing and bathing culture has spawned not only occupations, but also goods and industries, such as the “Italian towel” that does not exist in Italy. “Italian Towel” is a bath towel that was born in Busan in the 1960s. The core part of the fabric is a jersey structure. The weave makes the surface of the bath towel very tight, and the hand fits in and fits snugly between the bath towel. The reason why it was labeled “Italy” is because it uses artificial silk wool imported from Italy. Design experts believe that the “Italian bath towel” is that the design uses a small idea to change the way people live, making the bathing moment “easy”. Before this, it was not easy for people to wrap a thin towel around their hands.
There are also merchants in South Korea that have introduced a multi-function hatchback, which seems to be a long-length version of the shower head. A fabric similar to a bath towel is placed on the top for easy replacement and is also convenient for solitary people.
In addition, the Korean cultural content industry has applied the theme of bathing and bathing to the extreme. The comic book “The God of Bathing” serialized on the Korean network platform in 2011 tells the story of the unemployed youth Xu Lizhi becoming the best bathing manager of the world’s largest hot spring theme park “Golden Soup” and working hard for it. Themes and stories have attracted a lot of popularity.
In 2016, the popular online comic book “Female Soup Report”, the story is carried out by the women’s bathhouse. In 2017, South Korea launched the musical “Bath⁃man”, telling the story of a group of bathing managers to save the man’s bathhouse “white sugar”…
In Seoul and Daegu, South Korea, there is also a special bathhouse theme coffee shop. The coffee culture and the bathhouse culture are combined to decorate the environment into a bathhouse for everyone to drink coffee in the bathhouse.