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The Ja's Climbing Gym & Shop Submitted on July 28th, 2013 by justinrhyme Print
Type: Gyms Province: Gyeonggi-Do City: Seoul
Phone: 02-3445-5014 URL: Visit Gym's Homepage Address: Sinsa-dong 529-4, Kangnam-gu, Seoul
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Description
Brand new bouldering gym opened in June 2013 by the Ja's - Jaha Kim, Jabee Kim, and Jain Kim, a world-class Korean climbing family with super friendly, positive attitudes. Multiple incline walls, cave section, traverse walls, with high ceilings. Shower facilities and lockers. There is also a shop inside the gym featuring stylish clothing, accessories and climbing equipment.

Hours:
Mon - Fri 11am - 11pm
Sat - Sun 11am - 8pm

Fees:
Day Pass 20,000W (Adult) / 10,000W (Student)
Monthly Membership 130,000W (Adult) / 100,000W (Student)
3-month Membership 360,000W (Adult) / 300,000W (Student)
6 months 660,000 (Adult) / 600,000W (Student)
12 months 1,200,000 (Adult) / 1,000,000 (Student)
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Classes:
Basic (in Korean or English) 130,000W/month
Children 100,000W/month
**** Additional classes & private training programs available.


Directions
In Sinsa's Garosugil area, near the end of Garosugil towards the Han River park and Apgujeong station.

Gym is actually located on the street parallel to Garosugil (also known as Sehrosugil), on the last block of the street.

Get out at Sinsa station Exit 8. Head towards the Garosugil entrance (the Missha store) but make a left downhill at the alley next to Caffe Bene. Make a quick right and then a quick left at the Smoothie King onto the road parallel to Garosugil (called Sehrosugil). Walk all the way down the street until you reach the end (about 8 min). The gym is on the left side, next to a coffeeshop, with a highly visible sign.



Comment added by Donnaeko on September 28th, 2013
I heard the showers are worth the entry price alone

Comment added by Dustin on November 22nd, 2013
Visited this gym for the first time today. The place seemed huge by Korea standards. Unfortunately my experience was far more negative than positive. I am a beginning climber and I've not visited a ton of different gyms. This is my perspective on this place.

I thought the place was really dirty, especially considering it just opened in June. All the mats were covered in chalk. You couldn't really sit down without getting chalk all over you. The bathrooms seemed nice and clean however.

Also it was extremely cluttered by the front desk area. It kind of had the feel of the house I lived in in college with five other people. Just peoples personal stuff scattered everywhere. A table in the front was covered in half consumed drinks and snacks as well as a variety of random other items. The whole front desk area had this same feeling.

The staff were not particularly friendly or helpful. I felt a little bit like I was intruding. When we left, the front desk was empty and we couldn't even find someone to return the locker keys to.

The music was REALLY loud. It was weird techno-ish kind of stuff and they were blasting it. My girlfriend and I had trouble conversing, even when sitting right next to each other.

I found the way they marked the routes to be pretty confusing. The boulder stuff was usually easy enough to follow, but the traversing routes were all marked with the same numbered little white dots. The distinction between routs was just a tiny colored tape arrow on the white dot. I spent a lot of time staring at the wall trying to figure out where the route went.

The positive is that this place is big and there is a ton of stuff to work on. Also, it's nice to be in a gym big enough where when you are climbing, not everyone else in the place is watching you. Still, I don't think it was worth it for the price. I can go to a gym and pay half as much and find more than enough to keep me occupied.

Comment added by timmydiesel on March 19th, 2014
This is a great climbing gym and well worth the entrance fee. The staff are friendly, the routes go from basic to ridiculously hard and the atmosphere is great!

I've been going to this gym for the past few weeks and I love it. There are some incredible climbers and we have learnt a huge amount in a 7 weeks.

Personally, having visited a few climbing gyms here in Seoul, this is by far the best and if you are looking to get into climbing or back into climbing then this is a good place to go.

Comment added by tbeirne on August 31st, 2015
Alternative directions:
Apgujeong station, Exit 5. Walk SW along Apgujeong-Ro for 600m to intersection with Apgujeong-ro 10-gil. Ja's is on 10-gil, maybe 8m from the road. The shops keep changing, currently behind C-four (Cafe).

Music was louder than state-side gym. Clean and well organized. Well-designed routes, VB-V8?

W20K day / W130K month

Comment added by rlee on July 3rd, 2016
Just tried visiting this place and it looks like its either renovating/moving/closed for good. Couldn't find anyone to ask, but in my opinion it looks like this place is closed for good.



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