CONTRIBUTED BY KELLY GARCIA
Confession. I’m very, very, very bad at keeping my car clean. Oh, I run it through a car wash now and then when I run out of things to do to entertain the children. But more often than not, I rely on mother nature’s natural car wash (rain) to get the grime off my ride. I know, for shame!
But mother nature isn’t cooperating with me here in Seoul, because during a Korean winter, it doesn’t rain; it snows. And snowy, salty city roads are excellent at creating a nasty layer of yuck on one’s vehicle. And when you don’t know where to get your car washed, it winds up looking something like this:
Eww gross. In real life it looked much worse.
(But hey, pretty sweet Koreaye sticker there, no?)
I needed to find a car wash. Not the expensive hand-wash place my husband takes the car to, but something quick and easy that I could get done with the kids. I’d heard there was a place near Banpo Bridge and that’s where I went.
(Car wash picture taken through dirty car windshield.)
Three minutes out of the commissary gate and, bam, I was there. I rolled down the window and the friendly, English-speaking attendant told me I could get the exterior cleaned for 5,000 won and for the mats vacuumed for 1,000 won more. Sold!
He directed me behind the building where another guy took my money, had me put my mirrors in and directed me on the conveyor belt thingy. Make sure you’re in neutral ya’ll…and take your foot off the darn brake!
Here we go!
I love going through a car wash!
After the car was washed I pulled up to their little tent, got out for a couple minutes while two guys vacuumed and wiped down the places the car wash machine brushes missed. And that was it. The whole process took about 10 minutes.
Look, my van’s happy and clean. I could practically feel her breathing a sigh of relief!
Where do you go to get your car washed? Do you have any recommendations or directions?
Directions: Leaving the commissary gate turn right and veer left up the hill toward the Prugio apartments. Stay in the right lane–you are driving like you are going under the bridge, not over it. On the right hand side you will see an orange and red SK gas station. That’s where the car wash is. The car wash is behind the garage.
Price: 5,000 won exterior (machine car wash), 1,000 won vacuum