[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Sauna

Jyri-Petteri Paloposki jyri-petteri.paloposki at iki.fi
Mon Jun 11 17:28:14 UTC 2018

On 11.06.2018 12:17, Max wrote:
> Great idea to make the sauna key more useful. But it should be looked at
> in more detail and with less of a Finnish bias. :)
> Some questions that the tag should address:
> 1. How to tag a place which has several individual saunas?
> 1b. What about other sauna related amenities like cold pools (how
> cold?), whirlpools, hot tubs (how hot?)... Ice buckets, etc.
> 2. What's the method of heating: Wood, electricity...
> 3. What's the designated temperature in that sauna?
> 4. Are occupants allowed to handle the löyly themselves or is only staff
> allowed to do that? At what times do they (often Saunas have löyly at
> the full hour/ half hour, etc)
> 5. how many people fit inside?
> 6. how to tag the opening hours if they are different for men/women/mixed?
> 7. is clothing allowed?
> 8. There ara also other types of saunas in the world that might have
> their particularities. 찜질방 in Korea come to my mind, where you can
> actually spend as much time as you want and even stay overnight. The
> very traditional types are basically a kiln and have a fire burning
> inside for a day and then the ashea are brushed out and the walls
> radiate the heat for another day.
> Then there are countries where the word sauna is just a synonym for a
> place where people fuck, like it is in France. Might lead to odd
> situations if those are confused.
> Some of these things on the list may indeed be concluded from the
> country specific customs, but a map and tagging scheme should at least
> consider them

Thanks for the comment!

Right now I decided to go with the easy one, ie. the sauna experience.
The heating, strict temperature etc. are more of per-location things,
and go quite a bit deeper – of course we could expand the definition
right away to those also.

Number eight sounds like it would fit in this ”experience”, so we should
probably add that one. Is there a western spelling for that?

Not sure what to do with the ”brothel sauna”. I'd say we add that as a
”see also”, as there seems to be a used tagging for that already:
https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/brothel%3Asaunaclub . I don't
think it fits the sauna=* definition very well anyway :)

Best regards,
Jyri-Petteri Paloposki

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