Thursday, February 20, 2014

[Culture] Experience Herbal Medicine at the Museum of Oriental Medicine

Daegu City is offering a variety of medicinal herb and traditional Korean culture experience programs at the Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine on Namseongro Street, Jung-gu.

Various traditional folk games, such as hoop rolling, arrow-throwing (tuho) and shuttlecock (jegi) games are regularly played in the garden of the museum by family visitors. All visitors can taste medicinal herbal tea and try on traditional costumes at no cost. They can also, for a small fee, enjoy a footbath or make soap or potpourri bags.

The museum offers a “chongmyeonghwan” program, the herbal medicine pill that clear heads, for families of elementary students on Feb. 22, during school spring break.

- Chongmyeonghwan refers to pills made from various medicinal herbs that are used to make “chongmyeongtang” and other ingredients for “samultang.” The pills are believed to cure memory loss and improve the power of the mind. The program will offer participants the chance to see, touch and taste various fragrant herbs used in Oriental medicine.

The museum extends its opening hours until 9 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month. Visitors can get a 10 percent discount on the admission fee when they participate in the experiential programs during these extended business hours.

For kindergarteners and preschoolers, the museum is operating a ‘create your own mobile’ program in which young children can make their own mobiles and decorate them with miniature herbal medicine tools made of clay. It also offers a program to help children understand what herbal medicine doctors actually do and includes activities such as stamping mock medical history cards.

All classes are offered in the Traditional Culture Education Room, on the third floor of the museum, at 2 p.m., Saturday. The admission fee is 5,000 won (refer to the attachment). Each class has a capacity of 30 and the museum accepts reservations. Admission is granted on a first reserved, first served basis. For more details, visit the museum’s website ( or call 053-253-4729.

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