Friday, May 4, 2018

CULTURAL TOUR KOREA| Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Festival & Museum

A new experience while taking care of your health!

Tired of doing the same plan every weekend? Or just doing nothing at all? I’ve been there! So I decided to try a new experience and learn something new by going to the Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine. I have to say I had no expectations but it was such an interesting museum! It’s the museum even people who don’t enjoy museums will like!
Yangnyeongsi is the oldest traditional medicine ingredient market in Korea, and is here, in Daegu! It is more than 400 years old and it’s still working through numerous shops close to the museum.

A very graphical and interesnting pannel about different types of medicine

The museum opens every day
but Mondays from 9:00 to 18:00. It is free and it consist of two floors (2nd and 3rd floor). In the second floor you can learn about oriental medicine principles and how it affects our bodies, and also you can find the shop and rooms for cultural experiences. Even if the signs in the wall are just in Korean, the museum is equipped with a lot of interactive machines where you can learn about the medicine in English and even you can do some simple games and tests! In the third floor you can find more information about the history of the Yangnyeongsi market, different types of medicine and how medicine was made and administered.

Food you must take depending on where it hurts, according to oriental medicine!
Interactive games about oriental medicine!
Real size recreation of a doctor attending a patient
Real size representation of oriental medicine making
Some oriental medicine ingredients you can see in the museum
Tools to make the medicine
Plants in their original state you can see in the museum
Animals as ingredients of oriental medicine

You can do diverse cultural experiences ranging from 3000 to 5000 won such as foot bath experience (highly recommended!), soap making, oriental medicine wrapping experience, facial mist making, and lip balm making. The shop is also interesting with different kinds of oriental medicine products, from pure ginseng to ginseng jellies, cookies and soap!

Cultural experience at the museum - Making a oriental medicine wraps
My finished oriental medicine wraps from the museum!
Soaps from the museum

Now you have a new plan for this weekend, but you know what’s even better? This weekend is taking place the famous Herbal Medicine Festival of Daegu(Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Culture Festival)! The museum is in the middle of the street where the festival takes place, so is the perfect plan for this weekend! Do you want a small peek of what the festival has ready for you? Keep reading!

Foot bath experience outside the museum part2

The entrance of the festival is in the main street that goes from Banwoldang station to Jungangro station in front of the police station, impossible to miss it! First thing you can do when entering the street is writing a wish and hang it in this beautiful tunnel where all visitors were putting their best wishes. After that, you can do a small medical check up of your blood pressure and stress index for free! The staff kindly read the results for you in English and explained everything very clearly.

Expositors in the festival
The tunnel of wishes

If you continue walking the street you will find tons of tents where you can try fried ginseng, some kinds of tea, and you can even try and make a oriental medicine wrap! You can also buy a lot of different things such as medicine, teas, ceramics or even handmade accessories! At the end of the street you can enjoy some delicious food in the food trucks, try beautiful hanboks and take some pictures, and experience some virtual reality in the street of Yangnyeongsi! Every now and then there are some performances and you can take pictures with the cute mascots of the festival!

Free sample of Chrysanthemum tea. This ingredients can help you with insomnia, stress & anger management and migraine
Traditional ceramics you can find in the festival

So if you want to try something different from the usual and also learn more about oriental medicine and your own health you cannot miss this festival taking place from May 3rd to 7th and enjoy the museum all year around!!

Website: http://herbfestival.org/eng/
Duration: May 3rd to May 7th
Address: 158-1, Namseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
KR Address: 대구 중구 남성로 158-1


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