Foreigner friendly ANMA massage in Seoul, South Korea
By popular demand I am going to assemble a short list of anma massage / spas in South Korea that I know accept foreigners. This list is not exhaustive or exact by any means. I had to try to pull together the info I have into something cohesive. While I have been to plenty of anmas in the country and seen even more, I can’t recall many names or locations. This is what I have, and it’s all I have for now. If I get more info, I will pass it on.
So what is an “anma”? It’s basically a spa for men, a lot like the Korean massage parlors in the United States, but usually with a little higher level of service. The word “anma” comes from the word for traditional Japanese massage, itself an offshoot of Chinese massage.
Anmas exist all over South Korea, as do various sorts of massage parlors (like these ones near Seoul-Incheon airport), barbershops offering erotic massage (and more), and high end jack shacks (like Belle and Cool). Anmas differ in that the type and quality of service offered. You will receive a nice table shower, decent massage, uncovered oral, good full service and most likely a little more (food, drinks, nap, maybe even a soapy massage, hair wash or a dip in a tub).
As I’ve said numerous times here, the massive sex service industry in South Korea is largely off limits to foreigners. While Hooker Hill in Itaewon basically caters to foreigners, and independent escorts abound, a lot of the other places will simply turn non-Koreans away, especially if they don’t speak the language. So what’s a guy to do?
These are three anma’s around Seoul that have accepted foreigners in the past. Whether they still do (or are even still open) is unknown to me at this point. All were up and running in early 2012, but things do change.
A1 Anma, Itaewon – A low end anma that is totally open to foreigners. Take the 6 train to Itaewon Station. Go out Exit 2. You’ll see a GS Mart as soon you exit. Keep going through the first intersection. You’ll walk over one more small side street and then see the big Ali Baba restaurant on your left. Keep walking. Next is the Itaewon Hotel. A1 is in the next building, under a Thai restaurant on floor B1. If you see the Hana Bank you’ve gone too far. The total cost is 200,000 Won.
Fish Anma, Gangnam – This is a mid-range anma that sets itself apart by having a fluffer on staff. As she takes you down to the massage area in the elevator she’ll give you a few seconds of oral action. Nothing special, but an added benefit for sure. Do note that the fluffer apparently isn’t there at all times as some report visiting without as much as a lick in the lift. To get there, take the 7 line to Gangnam Gu Office station. Go out exit 2 or 3, then turn around and walk toward the intersection. Make a right at the intersection. Walk this road, making a right on the second street. Walk a little (should be headed up a slight hill) and you’ll see the blue and white “Fish massage / Anma” sign. The cost is 220,000 Won.
Ace Anma, Gangnam – Another mid-range anma that has been taking foreigners for some time. It has a huge staff that ensures you’ll find a woman of your liking. Another nice benefit are the mirrors in the room which give you a good view of the action. To get there, take the 7 train to Gangnam-Gu Office station. Go out of exit 3. Make a right into the first street, which is more of a small alley. Pass the first row of buildings and go over a small street. The anma is in the first building in the second set of buildings. Look for the big read Korean pole sign that says “anma / massage” in Korean (안마), English and Japanese. You can’t miss it. The price is 200,000 Won.
As far as I know, all anmas in South Korea are open 24 hours a day. There are usually more women on staff late in the day, as you’d probably expect.
That’s it. Sorry for any inaccuracies as I am going purely by memory.
Any reports on these or other anmas from knowledgeable readers would be helpful. Comments, corrections and reviews would be great.