Seoul Yangnyeongsi Her Medicine FestivalSeoul Yaknyeongsi, a special oriental medicine zone designated by the municipal government of Seoul and officiated by the Ministry of Finances and Economics on July 5, 2005, can find its trace back to the area where Bojewon was. Bojewon was a shelter that provided medical services and treatments to the poor and the needy, who could not afford doctors, back in the Joseon period (1393-1895). Commemorating the traditional principle of our ancestors of rescuing the helpless and respecting everyone’s lives, the Seoul Yaknyeongsi Festival is a festival of oriental and herbal medicines that provides free medical services and treatments to over 1,500 low-income people across Seoul. The festival consists of three overarching themes: Sensual Experience of Herbal Medicine Zone, Herbal Medicine Support Zone, and Bojewon Reenactment.In the Sensual Experience of Herbal Medicine Zone, the participants can receive free oriental medical services and treatments, experience the traditional culture of oriental medicine, cut the dry medical ingredients, package the ingredients, make scent pouches filled with oriental medical ingredients, try out oriental-medicine-based weight-loss programs, experience oriental-medicine-based massages, receive oriental-medicine-based cosmetic services, and taste oriental medicine tea, alcoholic drinks, and so forth. The local citizens are all welcome to participate in these events, in addition to making and tasting ddeok (rice cake) mixed with oriental medicines.
In the Oriental Medicine Support Zone, medical practitioners hold exhibitions of exemplary medical ingredients, sell medical prescriptions, show the garden of medical flowers and herbs, allow citizens to participate in folk games, and offer to write calligraphies of family philosophies for those who wish. The reenactment of Bojewon is an invaluable opportunity that provides free-of-charge medical services and treatments. It will also give Yaknyeong-daebotang (a medical drink) for the first 1,000 Seoul citizens to arrive at the set.