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Korea's Largest Herb Medicine Market

Korea's largest herbal medicine market is located in Seoul Dongdaemun-gu Yongdu-dong and Jegi-dong.

The Beginnings of Seoul Yangnyeongsi-Bojewon

‘Bojewon’ used to be located in the west of Seonnongdan, outside the Heung-inmun (the present-day Anam-dong Rotary). A ‘won’ means an inn located along a main thoroughfare, designed to provide food and lodging to those traveling on government-related or public missions. Wons in and around the area of Seoul included Hongjewon outside Seodaemun; Itaewon outside Namdaemun; and Jeon-gwanwon outside Gwanghuimun. Bojewon was located just outside Dongdaemun, in the main northeastern road leading into and out of the nation’s capital city. In addition to serving government officials and travelers, Bojewon also housed oriental medicine clinics, doctors, and nurses from time to time between the reigns of King Taejong and King Seongjong to provide medical services to the poor. Although Bojewon was mainly charged with rescuing and treating patients found within the walls of Seoul, it sometimes provided accommodation to those without homes or families and treated people who became ill while traveling, even providing funeral services.

Seoul Yangnyeongsi takes a Giant Leap Forward : Reformation Project

Seoul Yangnyeongsi is a naturally formed market with a long historical background. The commercial and transportation facilities around the area are outdated and in bad need for improvements, therefore. Dongdaemun-gu is managing an extensive environmental improvement project by expanding the transportation and electric infrastructure around the area, forming themed streets to ameliorate the public image of the market, and providing a pleasant shopping experience.
The recent construction of Dong-eui-bogam Tower, Bullojangsaeng Tower, and Hansol Dong-eui-bogam that are shopping malls of oriental medicines and ingredients also add to the attraction of the area as a shopping center.
Dongdaemun-gu is excited at the prospect of seeing the major transformation of Seoul Yangnyeongsi into one of the major markets of medicinal ingredients and culture.

Seoul Yangnyeongsi takes a Giant Leap Forward : Reformation Project

Road reform : road pavements, brick layering on passenger ways, pavement of double-sided roadsYaknyeongmun installation : 4.5m in height and 8.5m in width, the gate represents traditional elements of Korean architecture, including the multiporous matbae-styled rooftop.
Sign reform: the signs of the shops and stores are now required to be designed in harmony with one another in terms of size, color, lighting, and material.Tree planting : various trees that are also used as medical ingredients in oriental medicine, such as duchung, sansuyu, sansa, hoehwa, are planted along the roads.
Lighting reform : the streetlights are replaced and the lighting on the landscape around Yaknyeongmun is newly installed.Other : new transportation safety facilities, road signs, benches, and so forth are installed and repaired.

Other sites

When you are here in Seoul Yangnyeongsi, make sure you stop by the Oriental Medicine Museum and explore the fascinating world of oriental medicine with the help of the museum docents. The Oriental Medicine Museum consists of such facilities as exhibition rooms, oriental medicine experience rooms, seminar halls, and storage places. It displays a total of 409 artifacts and over 500 medical ingredients used in oriental medicine.

Location : 2BF, Dong-eui-bogam Tower, Yongdu-dong, Dongdaemun-gu

Total Building Area : 2,335.37㎡

Date of Oepning : September 13, 2006

Transportation

Subway : Line 1, Jegi-dong Station

Bus : Main Route Nos. 105, 147, 201, 260, 261, 262, 270, 271, 420, 720 Local Line Nos. 0013, 1147, 2202-01, 2112, 2219, 2221, 2233 Greater Area No. 9205