[Japan-Korea Disputes] House of Siloam

Do only Japanese people enthusiastically love hot springs?

No, it is also applicable to Korean people.

In the United States, where accept diversity of ethnic groups, Korean community is one of the forces.

They maintain a hot spring with strong smell of hydrogen sulfide, which American people generally do not understand the value.

From Japanese to Korean

It is an hour’s drive from the central part of Los Angeles.

There is a spa city, Lake Elsinore along the highway.

Entrance

This motel with hot springs was established by a Japanese minister, but today the owner changed to Korean.

In the back of the drop curtain with Hangeul written on it, there is a common pool (clothing required).

Appearance

The rate for walk-in is $20.

For lodging, visitors can enjoy the water in their own rooms.

Gap in values

Hydrogen sulfide is typical smell around hot springs, and is often said to be smell of rotten eggs.

It is natural that people dislike smell of something rotten, but most Japanese and Korean people love it even if he or she is not a hot spring maniac.

However, most people in other countries recognize it disgusting and uncleanly smell!

Open-air Bath

This hot spring has strong smell of hydrogen sulfide, which is rare case in the United States, and that is why Japanese and then Korean community has maintained it.

While the two ethnic groups have similar sensitivity about hot springs, there is also a gap in values.

Whirlpool Tub

Japanese people give priority on free-flowing springs (plentiful amount of fresh spring water provided to tubs), but Korean do not seem to find out satisfaction from the element; every tub here are catchment water.

The Korean owner understands the gap in values.

Even though I asked her nothing, she poured fresh spring water only for me.

It was disappointing that she stopped water supply just in five minutes, but I noticed the great nature of the spring.

In fact, you can enjoy the fresh spring at another place:

Shower

In the washing place, you can take a shower of the hot spring as much as you like.

In general, Korean people take so long time for washing and massaging their body at hot springs that foreigner cannot understand their behavior.

Thinking that, this shower of spring’s water may be reasonable.

Likeness makes small differences much more serious.

Summary

😆 Pros

Strong smell of hydrogen sulfide, which is rare in the United States

😥 Cons

Need for free-flowing water even if it is a little

House of Siloam, Lake Elsinore, California, USA
Rating
Walk-in YES
Lodging YES
Official Website NO

Related hot springs

I associated the smell to this place:

Seseragi No Yu

Seseragi No Yu, Norikura-kogen Onsen, Nagano, Japan

It is complimentary and no one maintains it, but the nature of the spring is excellent with the characteristic smell.

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