Pyeon baeknara Hyo So Gung
편백나라 효소궁


Walking through the door, the fresh scent of cypress welcomes you. The finishing touches in the space, as well as the furniture that decorates it, are all made of cypress wood. In a space like that, drinking herbal tea, a truly special experience begins. After tea time comes the highlight, a “Cypress Enzyme Bath” for which visitors have to change their clothes and enter the “Enzyme Room.”


Bathing with living enzymes

Every day at 7pm is “dinner time” for the enzymes. The rice bran that is given to them is full of nutrition. The bran is mixed throughout the evening and the enzymes are cultivated from 10 o'clock at night to 10 o'clock the next day. In the morning, the temperature of the enzymes has risen to about 60~70℃. When visitors lie in the hot bath, the skin begins to absorb the enzymes. In the Enzyme Bath Room, there are several cypress tubs divided into two spaces for a more comfortable treatment: one for men and one for women. The tubs are filled with cypress sawdust, rice bran, winter daphne, charcoal, and enzyme powder. While it is a treatment for people, the owners of the tubs are clearly the enzymes. The number of microorganisms that live in one of those tubs is about 30 trillion. To dig a hole and lie in the cypress tub where the enzymes are alive and breathing feels like lying down on the warm and comfortable bosom of mother earth. Covered in the cultivated powder for 15 minutes, body and face, the enzymes enter 40mm deep into the skin. Sensitive people can even feel the tickling sensation of the enzymes getting to work. The absorbed enzymes are in growing action for 12 hours before they enter an after- ripening stage, which is why it is advised not to shower with soap. After brushing off the dust and taking a water rinse shower, it is time for the “Herb Steam Bath.” The wet cypress sauna uses 15 different herbs for its scented steam including lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, and camomile. The active components of the cypress tree, the herbs and the fragrances permeate the skin through open pores. It's refreshing. Next is the dry cypress half-body course. There's no need to worry about the electromagnetic hot water. And finally, after the half-body bath, there are the infrared cypress sitz bath and the dry cypress foot bath.

After all is done, you might believe you have a new body. The five-step healing program at Pyeonbaeknara Hyo So Gung leaves visitors with a strong impression. In particular, to lie in natural heat in a tub full of enzymes is an outstanding experience. It has different effects on people, but it is said to have strengthening effects on people's immune system, skin care, pain relief and blood circulation.

How to increase the effectiveness of the enzyme bath

It is better not to wash for 24 hours after the enzyme bath. The 5-step healing program offered by the Enema Palace is recommended to refrain from taking cold or cold drinks as much as possible to increase the body temperature and concentrate on strengthening the immune system. The soda bottle that comes out of the house is empty for one hour. It is the time required for the enzyme to sterilize the barrel. Reservation is a must, as you can not enter the top chamber at any time. The morning when the enzyme is asleep, the temperature is the highest and the effect is good.


  • +82-62-372-5888
  • 10:00~20:00
  • Reservations required
  • Enzyme Palace five-step Healing Experience KRW 35,000
    Available Language : CHN

The above information is valid as of March 2019


Have a healing bath with live enzymes and 15 kinds of herb scents at Pyeonbaeknara Hyo So Gung! You can also enjoy the newly renovated traditional markets and neighborhoods of Gwangju.

[Day 1] Incheon International Airport 320 km, 3 hr by airport railroad + KTX + bus Wolbongseowon Confucian Academy and Neobeusil Village 27 km, 60 min by bus + 14 min by foot 1913 Songjeong Station Market 6.2 km, 9 min by subway + 5 min by foot 25 Must-Go Wellness Spots Pyeonbaeknara Hyo So Gung 9 km, 30 min by foot + subway + taxi

[Day 2] Yangnim-dong History and Culture Village 1.1 km, 4 min by taxi Asia Culture Center 1.3 km, 4 min by taxi VR PLUS

Explore Traces of Ancient Confucian Scholars
Wolbongseowon Confucian Academy and Neobeusil Village

Neobeusil Village, established as a clan village of Haengju Gi Clan, is home to Wolbongseowon Confucian Academy. The Academy enshrines the ancestral tablet of Gi Daeseung (pen-name: Gobong), a leading Confucian scholar of the Joseon Dynasty, and is the perfect place to experience the atmosphere of Korea’s olden days. At Dasi Café located near the village entrance, visitors can try on the traditional clothing of Joseon scholars.   133, Gwanggok-gil, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-951-6434 / 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (closed on Mondays) /

A Fresh Look for the Traditional Market
1913 Songjeong Station Market

1913 Songjeong Station Market, with more than 100 years of history, has been transformed into a new tourist attraction. Old store signs were replaced with fresh ones, and the histories and origins of stores were posted with descriptions and photos. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of food like yokan made with fresh fruits, as well as handmade chocolate pies sold by young merchants. {C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}  13, Songjeong-ro 8beon-gil, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-941-6605 /

A Trio of Cypress, Enzymes, and Herbs
Pyeonbaeknara Hyo So Gung

When you enter Pyeonbaeknara Hyo So Gung, the scent of cypress will welcome you. The walls, as well as the furniture, were made of cypress, making visitors feel like they are in the woods. The healing experience program consists of five steps: cypress enzyme bath, herbal steam bath, half-body bath, near-infrared sitz bath, and foot bath. The cypress enzyme bath is an old folk remedy, which is effective for increasing the body temperature and eliminating bodily wastes. To reduce the unique smell of fermenting rice bran, a careful selection of cypress sawdust, winter daphne, charcoal, and medicinal herbs are used together. During the 15-minute enzyme bath, the enzymes would penetrate deeply into the skin. As the absorbed enzymes will grow further and ripen in the skin for 12 hours, it is advised not to shower with soap after the treatment. After brushing off the dust and rinsing the body with water, it is now time for an herbal steam bath. The wet cypress sauna uses 15 different herbs for its scented steam including lavender, rosemary, chamomile, and mint. The herbal steam relaxes the muscles as well as the mind. The five-step healing program ends with a germanium cypress half-body bath, which uses a hot water machine that does not release electromagnetic waves, a near-infrared sitz bath, and a dry cypress foot bath. After all these treatments, you may feel a bit drowsy, so feel free to rest in a massage chair and have some snacks.   91, Mareukbokgae-ro, Seo-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-372-5888 / 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. / Hyosogung Five-Step Healing Experience: KRW 35,000 /

Embedded History and Culture
Yangnim-dong History and Culture Village

This beautiful village is dubbed as “Montmartre in Gwangju.” American missionary Clement Owen first settled in the village in 1904 and established a church and a school. Soon, many foreign missionaries followed in his footsteps by providing medical and educational services to the residents. The Yangnim Visitor Center also offers maps and guidebooks.   7, Seoseopyeong-gil, Nam-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-676-4486

Heart of Asian Culture and Arts
Asia Culture Center

The Asia Culture Center is the largest cultural space in Korea. Although most facilities are in the basement level, its architecture was amazingly designed to allow natural light to reach all spaces. The center includes the May 18 Memorial, ACC Culture Exchange, and ACC Children, a cultural center for kids.   38, Munhwajeondang-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju / +82-1899-5566 / Indoor facilities: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and, Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Wednesdays and Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Outdoor facilities: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (closed on Mondays) /

Thrilling Experience in a Virtual World

VR PLUS is a place where you can experience virtual reality, an impossibility in the actual world. Among them, the Skyscraper experience is most popular, but scary games such as Zombie Shooting and Ghost House are also quite thrilling. The place also offers an attraction where you can enjoy a VR ride. With the machine moving in all four directions, you will feel as if you are really flying.   16-13, Jungang-ro 160beon-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-233-9595 / Weekdays: 12:00 a.m. –10:00 p.m.; Weekends and holidays: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. / One-time ticket: KRW 4,000; 60-min free pass: KRW 13,000; 3-hr free pass: KRW 23,000

TIP icon Travel Tips

Gwangju Tour with City Tour Bus

With one ticket, you can freely get on and off the bus. From Songjeong Station, the starting and ending point of the route, you can take the subway to get to Pyeonbaeknara Hyo So Gung.


Songjeong Station > DJ Center > U Square Bus Terminal > May 18th National Cemetery > Gwangjuho Lake > Lake Eco Park > Mudeungsan Mountain > Nam Gwangju Market > Asia Culture Center > Songjeong Station

Operation Hours

8:30 a.m. – 7:45 p.m. (9 times a day, interval of 60–90 min)


Adults: KRW 3,000; seniors over the age of 65 and teenagers: KRW 2,000; Elementary students and younger: Free






Public Transportation and Call Taxi in Gwangju

If you use public transportation, check the website of Gwangju City Bus Information System ( You can also use call (reservation) taxis for places without public transportation.

Bitgoeul Call Taxi 615, Nammun-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-528-2555
Hana Call Taxi 9-18, Mudeung-ro 180beon-gil, Buk-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-228-1717
Gwangju Call Taxi 618, Seomun-daero, Nam-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-576-3211


bag icon Recommended Wellness Tours

Gwangju Arts Trip
Pyeonbaeknara Hyo So Gung > 12 km > Gwangju Museum of Art > 14 km > Ullim-dong Art Gallery Street

· Gwangju Museum of Art : Hyo So Gung > 12 km > Gwangju Museum of Art > 14 km > Ullim-dong Art Gallery Street · Woo Jaeghil Art Museum : 140-6, Uijae-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-224-660 · Mudeung Museum of Contemporary Art : 9, Jeungsimsa-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-223-6677 · G&Y Museum of Art : 9, Uijae-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-232-7335

Recommended Restaurants

· Seonbichon Jonggajip : set menu with grilled rib patties, ginseng chicken soup / 2796, Sobaek-ro, Sunheung-myeon, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-637-9981

· Saeu Siktak : shrimp cheese fondue / 129-3, Donggyecheon-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-444-8400

· Songjeong Tteokgalbi : grilled rib patties / 1, Gwangsan-ro 29beon-gil, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-944-1439 spicy griddled stir-fried chicken / 15, Jeungsimsa-gil 30beon-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-222-1834

· Seomun Garden : ginseng bulgogi, cold buckwheat noodles / 43, Insam-ro 16beon-gil, Punggi-eup, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-635-2415


Recommended Accommodations

· The May Hotel : Korea Quality / 51, Sangmubeonyeong-ro, Seo-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-676-5000 /

· Gwangju Sejong Hotel : Korea Quality / 30, Gyeongyang-ro 165beon-gil, Buk-gu, Gwangju / +82-62-528-0071 /

· I Am Guest House : Korea Quality / 23, Gyeongyang-ro 165beon-gil, Buk-gu, Gwangju / +82-10-5194-1401 /