Tuesday, June 2, 2015

[Culture] The Oriental Medicine & Ecological Well-being Experience Center.

The Oriental Medicine & Ecological Well-being Experience Center.

Still looking to make plans this weekend? Stressed from the week? Try relaxing in a massage chair for 15mins followed by a cup of medicinal tea for 4000 Won. After that, you can browse through ecological exhibits at the Oriental Medicine & Ecological Well-being Experience Center.

There are different components to this ecological and well-being center. It’s a great way to learn about long-standing practices in Eastern medicine and traditional therapeutic techniques. On top of that, the center is also infused with a progressive educational motif on energy-saving practices.

The center is located directly across from the Oriental Medicine Museum and next door to the old historical YMCA building. Originally, the center was an orthopedic clinic back in the 1960’s.

 It was renovated in recent years into what is now a modern exhibition hall for the purposes of ecological education, relaxation and appreciation of traditional oriental medicine. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

This lovely lady named홍수자 (Hong Su Ja), provides a nice tour around the exhibition hall (she only speaks Korean).

One of the exhibits on display is a contemporary robot or what one might look like in the future. A work in progress, I suppose.

If your smart phone is running out of battery, then you can pop in here and charge it by pedaling on the bicycle powered battery charger. You may be killing two birds with one stone but you’ll only get out of it what you put into it.

On the second floor of this ecological center there is a dimly lit room full of high-tech massage chairs. During the full 15min session, TV screens showcase beautiful and serene wonders of Korea. If you’re the type of person that enjoys massages with intense pressure around your extremities and repetitive nudges up and down your back, then I would recommend this experience. Some parts of the massage were a little painful but I enjoyed the sensation of the squeeze around my arms.

The Da Hyang cafe located behind the Oriental Medicine & Ecological Well-being Experience Center, is where they serve the medicinal tea. After the massage, you walk down to the cafe and enjoy a cup of their finest traditional blend.

What is unique about this slightly bitter but soothing tea is that it provides essential health benefits. The tea aptly named the “Sasang Constitutional Medicine” was formulated by Je-ma “Dong-mu” Lee (1837-1900). The extraction process and holistic approach to this alternative medicine was published in Lee’s manuscript, “Dongeuisoosebowon” (Longevity and Life Preservation in Eastern Medicine).

 The tea carries certain regenerative properties that enhance the function of four of the body’s organs; specifically the lungs, spleen, liver, and kidneys. If you’re looking to have a special cup of tea on any given day, this is the place to relax and enjoy a taste of Korean tradition.

* The Oriental Medicine & Ecological Well-being Experience Center(에코한방웰빙체험관)
* Address : 117, Namseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu (대구 중구 남성로 117)
* Tel : 053-422-7300



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