Have you heard about Seoul K-Medi Center? If you haven’t heard about it then keep reading and join me for my K-healing experience!
Looking for a place where you wanted to feel relaxed and healed without emptying your wallet especially this summer? The answer to your query is the Seoul K-Medi Center! As a part of the Global Seoulmate 2021 together with Seoul Tourism Organization, we were given a chance to visit Seoul K-Medi Center and experience the K-healing culture.
Summer in Korea is very hot and humid. It’s actually different from the summer season in the Philippines. Here, I prefer to stay indoors rather than going outside. The summer season here really makes me sweat a lot. When the sweat dries in my body I always get back pains and I am more prone to fatigue. At first, I always just endure the pain but this time, it’s worry no more! Because Seoul K-Medi Center is the answer to boost my energy and removed all those body pains.
What Seoul K-Medi Center is all About?
Seoul K-Medi Center is a place where you can learn about Korean herbal medicines and traditional medicine exhibits, lectures, and experiences. It was open to the public last October 27, 2017, to promote the excellence of traditional K-Medi not just in Korea but all over the world. They offer different activities like foot bath experience, cooking class, and others.
It is located at the Yangnyeong Market in the district of Dongdaemun, Seoul which is one of the popular oriental medicine markets in Korea. The Yangnyeong Market was the relief institution called Bojewon during the Joseon era and it is the place where they take care of ill people. That’s why Seoul K-Medi Center was built on this historic site.
What to see?
K-Medi Beauty shop offers the best quality cosmetics which are made from oriental herbs and environment-friendly ingredients.
Product Promotion Hall
The K-Medi Product Promotion Hall offers different kinds of medicinal stuff, teas, and health foods. Through this hall, you’ll able to know the leading and most famous oriental medicines from the Yangnyeong Market.
Image Experience Room
On the first floor, you’ll able to see the Image Experience room. It is the room where you can see learn about the sowing, cultivation, and harvesting of Korean oriental herbs through interactive video.
Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Museum
The Herb Medicine Museum is located on the second floor and the admission fee is 1,000 won only. It is the major attraction in the Seoul K-Medi Center where you can learn about the history and process of traditional Korean medicine.
K-Healing and Cultural Experiences
I was excited to do my mission this time since I am able to experience the K-healing culture. Here is the list of activities that I have experience with.
Foot Bath Salt Making
The footbath salt making was very easy and it’s actually lasted 10 minutes. We used Epsom salt and there are four different kinds of herbs powder that we can choose from.
- 진피 (Jinpi) – dried orange peel
- 백년초 (Beaknyeoncho) – it’s a prickly pear from Jeju
- 감초 (kamcho) – licorice in English
- 어성초 (eoseongcho) – houttyunia cordata
I choose the dried orange peel and prickly pear from Jeju to created a pinkish finish of my foot bath salt. While licorice and houttynia cordata will make a green finish.
Foot Bath Experience
The footbath experience feeling is extraordinary. Immersing your feet in warm water and medicinal herbs while watching a nice view of the sky under the traditional house is such a great K-healing. It’s not just healing your body but also your heart and mind.
Operating Hours: 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm
Admission Fee: 6,000 won (for 20 minutes)
Where to get the ticket?: Information Desk (First Floor)
Other Information: Please come 5 minutes before, children are allowed together with parents
NOTE: Herbal Foot Bath is not available during winter
K-Medi Moving Clinic Bojewon
The K-Medi Moving Clinic Bojewon is located on the third floor. According to the book that I’ve got from the Seoul K-Medi Center, Bojewon is a relief institution that was built in the Joseon dynasty to treat ill people especially those who are living in poverty.
Seoul K-Medi had the same purpose that’s why they provide a Bojewon (Korean Medical Clinic) at the center too. They offer diverse traditional Korean medicine counseling services to seniors, people with disabilities, Medicaid recipients, locals, and even to foreigners.
We didn’t have health counseling but we experience the thermo-massage where we lay down on a bed, a herbal eye patch that we put on while listening to relaxing music for at least 20 minutes. We also had hand therapy and a legs massage.
Operating Hours: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Admission Fee: 5,000 won (for 40 minutes)
Where to get the ticket?: Information Desk (First Floor)
Other Information: Please come 5 minutes before, preschools are not allowed
Aside from the things I mentioned above Seoul K-Medi Center offers a cooking class. Where visitors can learn to cook using medicinal herbs. If you are interested in becoming a medicinal food and liquor expert the center also has intensive certification programs.
Traditional Clothing Experience
If you are an ancient Korean drama fan and aiming to experience the look of the famous Nurse Dae Jang Geum, you should try the Traditional Clothing Experience. But sad to say, due to the sudden level 4 social distancing in Seoul we are not able to try it so I just asked permission from the staff if I can take a photo of it.
Address: 26, Yangnyeongjungang-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
How to get here?: Jegidong Station (Seoul Line 1, exit 2) walk about 5 minutes
Other Amenities: Parking lot, wheelchairs, elevator, restroom, audio guide
It was a great experience to try Traditional K-healing at the Seoul K-Medi Center from time to time. I know that modern medicine is good but sometimes our body needs natural healing and repair like what I have experienced. After the foot bath and thermal body massage, my body and mind felt so relaxed. I am thinking to go back again after few weeks to get another massage or acupuncture to boost my energy level and keep away my back pains. The admission fee is not that expensive, for only 11,000 won you’ll able to get relaxed and calm. Plus it has an amazing view from the outside where you can take photos after.
The only lacking in our experience was to try the tea tasting. I think it will be great to have a cup of refreshing traditional tea after the massage. But there’s a K-Medi cafe at the front so we just had our tea there.
Aside from the K-healing experience of course doing the mission with friends is better. I went to the Seoul K-Medi Center with my friend Paula, she’s also a Pinay (you can follow her on Instagram @its_just_paula) and we met Faye from Turkey and she’s also a GSM member (you can follow her on Instagram @kakaopei13).
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