Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Museum in Daegu

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I’ve had cut through the courtyard of the Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine many times in the past two years. But I had never even thought about venturing past the love locks that adorn a metal teapot at the entrance until today. And I was pleasantly surprised that the museum was so educational, entertaining, and accessible to English visitors. In addition, the museum provides hands-on experiences including medicinal footpaths and soap making.

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Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine entrance.

Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine in Daegu

5 Self Guided Walking Tours

Oriental medicine has been around for eons and so has the Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine. Just think back to your childhood and any given Sunday morning watching Kung Fu theatre. Every storyline included a life-affirming, life-restoring, or life eliminating rare herb, foul-smelling potion, or lethal concoction. Furthermore, it was always delivered with a blow dart or six-inch nails.

As a result, Oriental medicine isn’t all that dramatic. Most herbal medicines are boiled and made into a tea. No kung fu is actually necessary.

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Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine city gate on Herb Alley

5 Self Guided Walking Tours

There is a year-round information booth in the courtyard of the Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine.

An acupuncture pond with rounded stones for you to walk on with barefoot delivers a great foot massage sans the needles. It’s closed for the winter. However, I hope it opens up before we leave in a few weeks. I love things like because I get to mingle with the locals.

The Oriental Market is one of 5 Self Guided Walking Tours available. The 2.65km long trail that takes 2 hours and starts at jewelry town and terminates at Seomun Market.

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Storefront on Herb Alley near the Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine. Herbal medicine is a huge part of Korean culture even today.

Herb Alley

The Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine is located in herb alley. The market spans a few blocks. The woodsy smelling storefronts display giant apothecary jars with herbs. Many herbal medicines are made with ginseng roots, animal antlers, and thorny tree barks. Healers grind the herbs into fine powders for teas.

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Love locks are everywhere. I love leaving a little permanent reminder that I’ve visited a place. I love how they are affixed to permanent structures like bridges.
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Daegu Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine ball

Interactive Exhibitions

Exhibition Hall 1 is the history of Oriental medicine is located on the 3rd floor and consist of a few dioramas, videos, and historical artifacts representing the 400-year history of the Yangnyeongsi market area.

Exhibition Hall 2 is located on the 2nd floor and is where you’ll find all the hands-on experiences. There are scales and blood pressure machines. Plus interactive displays highlight the effects of herbal medicines’ on our overall well being. Unfortunately, many of the exhibits are in Hangul. So we ended up having fun pressing buttons with pictures we recognized.

Note… there is an information desk on the second floor if you want language assistance.

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Hands-on Experiences

There are a number of hands-on experiences in the Yangnyeongsi Museum of Oriental Medicine museum. You can make your own herb soaps or facial mists. We used the museum’s interactive programs and exhibits to evaluate our health. However, since it was all in Hangul, we essentially pushed the buttons like two 7-year olds.

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Herbal Foot Bath

We enjoyed making a herbal scent with lavender and citrus herb extracts. But we really wanted to do the herbal foot bath. Unfortunately, we arrived at 11 am and the baths weren’t open until later because they were being cleaned. However, Merline didn’t take no for an answer.

We plead and offer to clean the tanks. Ultimately, she let us in because it was my birthday. Twenty minutes later and we sat in the hot water. As a result, that 20-minute foot bath was therapeutic and a nice surprise too. And although I can’t prove it, I think that water might have been a little hotter than usual.

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Museum Gift Shop

Naturally, it’s not a museum or tourist attraction without a gift shop. Therefore you don’t have to leave without a souvenir.

Open from 9-every day but Monday (unless its a holiday, then it’s open). Closed January 1st, Lunar New Year, and Chuseok. The museum entrance is free of charge.

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Comments

  1. blair villanueva

    Herbal medicine is part of the Asian culture. Recently my boyfriend got me this luxury gingseng for fertility. I love him for bringing me that. 🙂

  2. blair villanueva

    Thank you for sharing your Korea travel! Am excited to visit these places soon, and learn how to make soap, korean-style 🙂

    1. duffelbagspouse

      It is nice being so close that and other things. Korea has been a grand adventure I will never forget. Don’t forget me.

  3. Elizabeth O.

    Koreans have always been about the herbs and teas when it comes to medicine and it’s fascinating to learn about. It would be nice to tour this museum!

  4. Hannah Marie

    I am fascinated by South Korea’s museums, I always watch variety shows and K-drama that’s why I am so interested. I would love to visit someday.

  5. David Elliott

    That’s very cool that they had that kind of a museum. I would love to be able to visit that someday. I love that they also give you a personal experience with it as well. What other kind of museum gives you that?

  6. Krysten

    Happy late birthday!
    I think it’s hilarious that you friend pretty much insisted to them that you should use the baths, I need that kind of friend.
    This seems really interesting, I have to admit I am one who thought oriental medicine was much more than it actually is. I would love to see this and to find out exactly what it is.

  7. Megan

    It is so true about experiencing what you have in your backyard. Living close to Washington DC I always take it for granted and don’t really venture up there. There is so much history and things I have seen yet.

  8. Kimberly c.

    Wow I love hose little soaps. This looks like a great experience. Looks like a very educational visit. Great for a day out. Thank you for sharing, I always enjoy learning about new cultures.

  9. Wineldo Jean

    I heard South Korean is a nice country to explore. The “DAEGU YANGNYEONGSI MUSEUM OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE” is a great example. I should visit there myslef. Although, I do not get to travel a lot ?

  10. Helene Cohen Bludman

    I always like when museums offer a hands-on experience. Great find for you right in your neighborhood.

  11. Glenda

    This is so true. There is so many things do around my area in which I need to take advantage of. I don’t know too much of Oriental Medicine but it sure does sound very interesting!

  12. Beth Davidson

    If I had to go to a western medicine museum, I’d probably be really bored. But, I went to a “witch doctor” presentation in Peru once, and it was really cool to learn about what plants they use and whatnot. If I get the chance to visit here, I’ll check it out!

  13. Bel

    This was fascinating to follow.I feel like I was trailing you the whole time. I love that thing with the flower design, it’s so pretty

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Yes. I drink the teas all the time. Ginger and lemon cures headaches and sore throats almost immediately.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Merline is a trip. She would not take NO for an answer. Koreans aren’t used to that kind of determination, so I’d be interested in what they said to each other. lol

    1. duffelbagspouse

      They pop up everywhere. Its an easy way for them to make money esp. if they can limit the locks to once purchased onsite. But yes I have them all over the world now.

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