[Eye Plus] Seoul Yangnyeongsi Market, a hotspot for traditional Korean herbal medicine

Seoul Yangnyeongsi Market, located in Dongdaemun-gu, east Seoul, is the capital’s herbal medicine center.

While browsing the market, one can be struck by the scents in the air created by the wide variety of herbal ingredients – from ginseng and dates to astragalus roots. The smell of “hanyak”, the traditional Korean herbal medicine, brings comfort and relaxation to many, as it evokes memories of aromas that they may have smelled in their grandparents.

Seoul’s Yangnyeongsi Market grew, centered around Bojewon, a clinic from the early Joseon era (1392-1910) that was established to treat people using herbal remedies. Although the clinic is now gone, more than 800 herbal medicine stores are located in the market and cater to people looking for unique ingredients.

The Seoul K-Medi Center, a multi-purpose cultural complex established to promote traditional Korean herbal medicine, hosts educational programs, exhibits and activities related to traditional remedies.

The center also operates the Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Museum, Yaksun Cooking Class, and a K Beauty Store that offers a variety of herbal cosmetics and hair products.

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Written by Park Yuna

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