Tuesday, 11 August 2015 00:00

Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Mkt

 

During the Joseon Dynasty some 600 years ago, the medical institution Bojewon was set up in Jegi-dong. ‘Won’ means an inn that was located along a main thoroughfare. These inns provided food and lodging to travelers with government-related work or public missions. There were numerous inns around the city of Seoul including Itaewon, Hongjewon near Seodaemun, and Jeon-gwanwon near Gwanghuimun. Bojewon was not only an inn, though, as it also housed an oriental medicine clinic that provided medical treatments and advice to the poor and those seeking help in the city. With this historical background, it was no wonder that in the late 1960s when the Seoul Government was looking for a place to set up an herbal market, they chose this location. Now Yangnyeongsi (약령시) is the largest herbal medicine market in Korea with over 1,000 traditional medicine related businesses in the area.

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