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Donguibogam Village(Oriental Medicine Theme Park)

Donguibogam Village
(Oriental Medicine Theme Park)
산청 동의보감촌

 

A variety of herbal plants have grown in the clean air and fresh water of Sancheong. There is good air and water as well as an abundance of herbs, so it is no wonder that the famous physician Heo Jun came here to develop his medical skills. At 480m on Wansan Mountain, there is a large-scale resort called Donguibogam Village.

It has an expo theme hall, Herbal Museum, a herbal theme park, a traditional Korean medicine theme park, Heo Jun Trail and many themed attractions and restaurants. Lately, many visitors come for the anti-aging experience program that uses traditional Korean medicine essence. Talking about this place, one thing must be mentioned: energy (氣). It is said that the energy of Baekdudaegan Mountain accumulates on Pilbong Mountain and Wangsan Mountain. Donguibogam Village, which is situated right there, has three huge stones that are full of energy: “Guigamseok,” “Seokgyeong” and “Bokseokjeong.” They are said to radiate health, luck and other positive energy and attract many people from all over the country. They come to train or meditate near the stones, do gymnastics and participate in the anti-aging experience program. If you take the opportunity to try the program, you can feel the energy of the stones. Donguijeon was built after the model of Gyeongbukgung Palace. There, visitors can marvel at Jirisan Mountain while lying and healing on hot beds made of hundreds of yellow clay stones. Also, they can drink traditional Korean medicine tea and make scented sachets containing angelica root, ginger, dried clove buds, mint and other ingredients.

Approaching traditional Korean medicine

The medical museum at Sancheong consists of “Donguibogam Hall” and “Traditional Korean Medicine Experience Hall.” Donguibogam Hall has more than 170 medicine-related relics on display, while the Experience Hall offers information on how to differentiate and combine medical herbs.

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Hemispheres and meridians have been made into audiovisual materials for better understanding and an old medical institution has been transformed into a set. In the Herbal Park, hundreds of medical herbs allow visitors to satisfy their curiosity. When you visit the Expo Exhibition Hall you can rent doctors' and nurse uniforms from the Joseon Dynasty. Right next door you can try an herbal foam hand massage. In traditional Korean medicine the hand or foot is considered to be a miniature of the human body. After a five-minute massage with the dense foam, the herbal effect enters the skin and not only regenerates the hands but also helps the entire body. After various activities, it is time to seek comfort in the forest. Heo Jun Trail is a walk along various scenes including a forest, herb garden, deer ranch and overpass. In autumn especially, when the white Siberian chrysanthemum is in bloom, it offers a magnificent view.

INFORMATION

  • +82-55-970-7216
  • 09:00~18:00 Donguibogam Village (open all year), Museum (closed on Mondays, New Year's Day and national holidays)
  • Medical uniform experience KRW 3,000
    Traditional Korean medicine healing (30 min) KRW 5,000
    Scented sachet making experience KRW 5,000
    Available Language : CHN

The above information is valid as of March 2019

 

From a sculpture park that overlooks the Gyeonghogang River and Donguibogam Village where you can have various herb-themed experiences, to Namsa Yedamchon Village that preserves the old beauty along its beautiful stone path, enjoy tradition and nature in Sancheong, the home of medicinal herbs.

[Day 1] Incheon International Airport 320km, 4 hr and 40 min by airport railroad + subway + bus Saengcho International Sculpture Park 12.5 km, 32 min by bus 25 Must-Go Wellness Spots Donguibogam Village 23 km, 1 hr by bus + 30 min by foot

[Day 2] Hwangmaesan Mountain 40 km, 30 min by foot + 1 hr and 30 min by bus Namsa Yedamchon Village

Feast of Colorful Flowers
Saengcho International Sculpture Park

Located on Taebongsan Mountain (367 m) that overlooks the Gyeonghogang River, the Saengcho International Sculpture Park offers visitors panoramic views. Walk up a short slope from the parking lot at the entrance to the park for a breathtaking view of the park carpeted with pink ground flowers. The park exhibits 27 sculptures by world-famous artists who participated in the Sancheong International Contemporary Sculpture Symposium. The Sancheong Museum inside the park displays around 100 relic pieces and earthenware from the Gaya Period excavated in Sancheong-gun.   1064, Sansu-ro, Saengcho-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do / +82-55-973-6184 / 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

A Place That Will Restore Your Energy
Donguibogam Village

The Donguibogam Village in Sancheong was renovated into a theme park for healing and retreat after the 2013 Sancheong World Traditional Medicine EXPO, which was held to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Dongui bogam (Principles and Practice of Eastern Medicine) by Heo Jun, a court physician of the Joseon Dynasty. Spanning 1.18 million m2, the park is filled with various attractions under the themes of oriental medicine and energy (ki, 氣) including the Expo Themed Hall, the Korean Medicine Museum, the Korean Medicine Theme Park, the Heo Jun Trail, and the “Ki” Experience Hall. The Donguibogam Village tour starts from the Expo Theme Hall. With a purchased ticket there, you can also view the Korean Medicine Museum. You can also try on the traditional costumes of court doctors and nurses at the themed hall. At the museum, you can gain knowledge about medicinal herbs such as how to distinguish medicinal herbs and compatibility between different herbs. The highlight of the village is the “Ki” Experience Hall, which centers on Donguijeon Hall, located in the area that supposedly has the strongest energy in the village. There are three rocks in this place: “Gwigamseok,” “Seokgyeong,” and “Bokseokjeong.” They are said to radiate positive energy and luck, so many people from around the country visit to receive such power. In the main building of the experience hall, Donguijeon, visitors can try various programs including gymnastics that promote blood and energy circulation, a thermotherapy experience, and an herbal tea therapy. You should not miss out on Heo Jun Trail either. A beautiful forest path leading to the Korean Medicine Theme Park features a Siberian chrysanthemum habitat, a deer ranch, and Haebu Cave. With the wooden deck paved on the trail, anybody can enjoy the stroll comfortably.

 

45-6, Donguibogam-ro 555beon-gil, Geumseo-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do / +82-55-970-7216 / Donguibogam Village (open all year round); Expo Themed Hall, Korean Medicine Museum: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (closed on Mondays); Donguijeon: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed on Mondays) / Donguibogam Village: free; Expo Themed Hall and Korean Medicine Museum: Adults: KRW 2,000; Children: KRW 1,000; Teenagers: KRW 1,500 / donguibogam-village.sancheong.go.kr

A Beautiful Mountain Covered with Royal Azaleas and Silver Grasses
Hwangmaesan Mountain

Located at the border between Sancheong and Hapcheon, Hwangmaesan (1,113 m) boasts a magnificent view of royal azaleas in spring and silver grasses in fall. Its rocky peaks are so beautiful that Hwangmaesan earned the nickname “Geumgangsan Mountain in Yeongnam.” Although it is a high mountain with an elevation of over 1,000 m, vehicles can reach up to 800 m, and the slope from the parking lot up to the 930-m point is quite gentle, allowing visitors to climb without any difficulties.   1-2, Beoppyeong-ri, Chahwang-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do / +82-55-970-6901

Relaxing Stroll along the Old Stonewall
Namsa Yedamchon Village

Like Andong Hahoe Village, which was selected as the most beautiful town in Korea, Namsa Yedamchon Village is another famous hanok (traditional Korean house) village that represents Gyeongsang-do. “Namsa” stands for Namsa-ri, the name of the district, and “Yedam” means old walls, which is the highlight of the village. The nearly 2-m old stonewalls were built by the villagers with stones that can be easily obtained from Namsacheon Stream. Along with the walls, some 40 hanok houses built between the 18th and early 20th century creates a gorgeous, scenic view. Visitors can experience various programs such as a stay in a traditional house, an herbal foot bath, and herbal pouch-making.   10, Jirisan-daero 2897beon-gil, Danseong-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do / +82-70-8199-7107 / namsayedam.com

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Enjoy Hanok Stay and Herb-Themed Activities at One Place

Donguibonga located in the west of Donguibogam Village is where you can experience a hanok stay and various herb-themed programs including a medicinal herb spa and steam sitz; making herbal soaps, toothpaste, and pouches; and packing herbal medicine.

Operation Hours

09:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (closed on Mondays)

Fees

57, Donguibogam-ro 479beon-gil, Geumseo-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do

Inquiries

+82-70-7005-5205
 

Website

donguibonga.co.kr


 

 

Thrilling Rafting on Gyeonghogang River

The Gyeonghogang River flowing through Sancheong is known for its beautiful scenery and gentle rapids, making the river ideal for rafting. There are three different rafting courses available—an experience course, a rapid course, and a regular course, which takes about two to four hours. About 20 rafting companies are in operation near Gyeonghogang River.

Inquiries

+82-55-970-6411–4
 

 

bag icon Recommended Wellness Tours

Sancheong Cultural Relics Tour
First Cotton Farm > 4.4 km > Namsa Yedamchon Village > 23.5 km > Daewonsa Temple

· First Cotton Farm : 887, Mokhwa-ro, Danseong-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do / +82-55-973-2445 · Daewonsa Temple : 445, Pyeongchonyupyeong-ro, Samjang-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do / +82-55-974-1112

Recommended Restaurants

· Chunsan Restaurant : set menu with black pork bulgogi / 6-6, Chinhwangyeong-ro 2605beon-gil, Geumseo-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do / +82-55-973-2804

· Yedamwon : medicinal herb bibimbap / 10-4, Jirisan-daero 2897beon-gil, Danseong-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do / +82-55-972-5888

· Songnim Sanjang Restaurant : Shiquan Dabu, whole chicken soup with rice and medicinal herbs / 316-6, Sansu-ro, Sancheong-eup, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do / +82-55-972-2988

 

Recommended Accommodations

· Jirisan View Castle Pension : 11-20, Jirisan-daero 511beon-gil, Sicheon-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do / +82-55-973-2250 / www.viewcastle.co.kr

· Sancheong Recreational Forest : 186, Donguibogam-ro 555beon-gil, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do / +82-55-970-6951 / huyang.sancheong.go.kr

· Sancheong Korean Medicine Family Hotel : 43, Donguibogam-ro 479beon-gil, Geumseo-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do / +82-55-972-7000 / www.dkfh.kr