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National Center for Forest Therapy

National Center for Forest Therapy
국립산림 치유원


The good effects of forests on human health are already widely known. The benefits of phytoncide and anions, which represent the healing power of forests, have also been validated enough, and related research is still ongoing. There is no doubt that the forest is a rich repository of energy which treats our bodies distressed by urban life. The National Center for Forest Therapy operates various programs where you can properly enjoy such a good forest.

Night in a secret cottage in the forest

The National Center for Forest Therapy is composed of Juchi District, including Juchi village, a healing garden, aqua therapy center, and health promotion center for visitors who participate in one-day or overnight short-term forest therapy programs and Munpil District, including Munpil Village, for long-term visitors, and the districts are surrounded by nine forest trails called “forest trails of healing.”

The accommodation facilities in Juchi Village and Munpil village, which suggest villas in a quiet mountain village, are made with natural materials including wood and red clay. The accommodation complex in Juchi Village for short-term visitors are loft-style independent villas that are popular for families. The rooms are comfortable and spacious. Since it is located on a hill, visitors can feel the thrill of travel upon entering as if they are visiting a secret cottage in the forest. With no TV, people can enjoy conversations, and without the internet, it is good to read a book which has been put off for a while. At midnight, all lights in the National Center for Forest Therapy are turned off, and this is when the story of night really begins. There are stars everywhere. You can sit down on the terrace and spend time for serene meditation at night under the stars. There is no need to worry about what to have for breakfast. The stay-in program includes three meals, and the meals will be served with low-salt side dishes and organic vegetables. The joy to savor seasonal foods which make you feel comfortable will be energy to start your day.

Forest Therapy Program with the harmony of forest, water, and aromas

Forest therapy programs are divided into a one-day program, stay-in program, and long stay program, and the one-night, two-day program is recommended for the first visit. Upon entering the health promotion center, visitors will undergo a health check-up with seven kinds of measuring instruments for body information, including blood pressure and body composition, and for physical strength including grasping power and back muscle strength. In particular, it has a lot of popularity as visitors can check their level and cause of stress with the health checkup. After this, six of the latest health treatment devices, including a sound wave lower body bathing tub and aqua line, which improves blood circulation with water pressure, will relax both soul and body.

Forest therapy programs have four themes. Visitors can plan their schedule with the theme they want. The most representative program is “forest therapy,” trekking with a therapy guide along the deck roads created in the center. Based on the exercise method, there is emotional charging in the forest, revitalizing trekking, romantic trekking, and balance walking. Revitalizing trekking is a walking program with wearable devices to check the heartbeat depending on the exercise intensity, while balance walking is a trekking exercise with Nordic sticks that uses the lower and upper body in balance. It is good for a healthy diet too. Emotional charging in a forest program used to lower the stress by walking, playing, and exercise in the forest and to communicate with nature.

Forest therapy programs can also use water, that is, aquatic therapy. Nine effective aquatic therapy devices in total, including a bench jet, bubble jet, and neck shower that use water flow and pressure in order to give vitality, are established. Also, an open-air bath and foot bath are ready to use. Swimming suits and clothing are provided at the entrance.

“Relax therapy” includes programs which allow you to concentrate on the relaxation of body and soul including meditation, massage, awakening your body with aromatherapy and tasting medicinal herb teas. “DIY therapy” is a program that combines aromatherapy and handicrafts. Participants can experience easing of body and mind during the learning process of candle-making or plaster freshener-making classes after being informed about aromatherapy.

Forest Therapy Program

Programs to experience various kinds of healing with the themes forest, aqua, relaxation, and aroma provide a wide variety of choices depending on preferences and physical health condition. The one-day program including lunch is KRW 27,000. The most popular program is for one night and two days and includes accommodation, three meals, and a 6-hour program. The price for a double room during weekdays is KRW 125,000 for two people.


  • +82-54-639-3400
  • By Reservation
  • Reservations required
  • Healing Forest from KRW 148,000 (two persons)
  • 209, Therapy-ro, Bonghyun-myeon, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • daslim.fowi.or.kr (ENG)

The above information is valid as of March 2019


Korea has many mountains where you can enjoy various activities. Among them, you can try a true healing experience at the National Center for Forest Therapy. Continue your fulfilling day trip by learning about ginseng, the Korea’s traditional healthy food, and visiting Seonbichon Village as well as Sosuseowon Confucian Academy, which are famous for filming location for dramas and movies.

[Day 1] Incheon International Airport 237 km, 3 hr and 40 min by airport railroad + subway + train Punggi Ginseng Market 5.1 km, 15 min by bus + 5 min by foot Ginseng Museum 4.2 km, 7 min by taxi 5 Must-Go Wellness Spots National Center for Forest Therapy 15.6 km, 10 min by taxi + 30 min by bus

[Day 2] Sosuseowon Confucian Academy 300 m, 4 min by foot Seonbichon Village

Meet High-Quality Punggi Ginseng Products
Punggi Ginseng Market

While you’re traveling Punggi, one of Korea's major ginseng producers, you should not miss the ginseng market. The ginseng grown in Punggi, where ginseng cultivation dates back to 1541, is firm in texture and rich in active saponin. High-quality Punggi ginseng products are sold all year round, but the market is busiest during the fall harvest season. On days that end with 3 and 8, the Punggi Fifth-day Market opens, adding more attractions to the Punggi Ginseng Market.   8, Insam-ro, Punggi-eup, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-636-7948 / 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (March–August: closed on Tuesdays)

Interesting Approaches to Ginseng
Insam Museum

Insam Museum offers the history and efficacy of ginseng. On the first floor, visitors can learn basic information about the origin and types of ginseng. The exhibition hall on the second floor displays replicas and models that catch visitors’ attention. Outside the exhibition hall is the Kids’ Experience Zone, where children can have role-play experiences of planting and digging wild ginseng on the mountain. {C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}  1378, Jungnyeong-ro, Punggi-eup, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-639-7686–7 / March–October: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; November–February: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed on Mondays) / insam.yeongju.go.kr

Heal Your Mind and Body with the Refreshing Energy of Forests!
National Center for Forest Therapy

The National Center for Forest Therapy nestled in Sobaeksan Mountain offers “forest therapy,” which helps strengthen the body’s immune system and restore its health using various environment elements in the forest. The center straddles both Yeongju and Yecheon. The Yeongju side is called the Juchi District, while the Yecheon side is named the Munpil District. Individual visitors mostly use the Juchi District, which houses the Health Promotion Support Center, the Hydrotherapy Center, the Training Center, and Juchi Village (accommodation facility). If you want to obtain information on the National Center for Forest Therapy, you can visit the Health Promotion Support Center, which houses the Visitor Information Center on the first floor. On the second floor is a range of healing equipment that helps relax the body and improves blood circulation. The dry therapy room is equipped with sound-wave dry bath equipment for the lower body and massage equipment for the whole body, while the Hydrotherapy Center offers the Aqua Line and Aqua Massage Spa. The facilities are available not only for stay-in guests but also for day visitors. They are operated three times a day (10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.) with charges. The Hydrotherapy Center is one of the most popular facilities in the center, where visitors can enjoy 14 different kinds of spas using water pressure. The center is also equipped with indoor bade pools as well as outdoor baths. The stay-in program includes eco-friendly accommodation and healthy meals. The lodging facility does not have TVs or air-conditioning and offers low-sodium and low-fat meals.   209, Therapy-ro, Bonghyeon-myeon, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-639-3400 / daslim.fowi.or.kr

Experience Korea’s Confucian Scholar Culture
Sosuseowon Confucian Academy

Sosuseowon was the first royally chartered Confucian academy, which received a plaque engraved with an honorary title bestowed by the king. In 1550, Yi Hwang, the magistrate of Punggi County formally requested that King Myeongjong of the Joseon Dynasty grant a royal charter to the county’s Confucian academy. The plaque is still well-preserved. As this academy had been built before the general Confucian academy system was established, it is notable that Sosuseowon has a different arrangement than other academies. The admission includes access to Sosuseowon Confucian Academy, Sosu Museum, and Seonbichon Village.   2740, Sobaek-ro, Sunheung-myeon, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-639-7691–5 / March–May, September–October: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; June–August: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; November–February: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Adults: KRW 3,000; Teenagers: KRW 2,000; Elementary students: KRW 1,000; Children under the age of 6 and seniors over the age of 65: Free

Experience the Joseon Dynasty Lifestyle
Seonbichon Village

The Seonbichon Village has ancient houses that were restored to reenact traditional living culture. The old houses and alleys relive the quaint atmosphere of the Joseon Era. The village is also known as filming locations for the dramas The Slave Hunters, Moon Embracing the Sun, and Six Flying Dragons. Visitors can experience various hands-on programs, including hanji (Korean traditional paper) craft, dried straw craft, and natural dyeing, as well as enjoy a hanok stay. The admission includes access to Seonbichon Village, Sosuseowon Confucian Academy, and Sosu Museum.   2740, Sobaek-ro, Sunheung-myeon, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-639-7691–5 / March–May, September–October: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; June–August: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; November–February: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Adults: KRW 3,000; Teenagers: KRW 2,000; Elementary students: KRW 1,000; Children under the age of 6 and seniors over the age of 65: Free

TIP icon Travel Tips

Yeongju Culture Tour Guide

The Yeongju City government provides visitors with commentary services. If you are a group of more than five, you can request for a commentary service on the desired date through the Yeongju Culture Tourism website. If your group is less than five, you can make a request on-site or by phone.






Yeongju Korea Seonbi Culture Festival

Around May of every year, the Yeongju Korea Seonbi Culture Festival takes place in the areas of Sosuseowon Confucian Academy and Seonbichon Village. During the festival period, admission to the academy and village are free of charge.






bag icon Recommended Wellness Tours

Enjoy Forest Therapy and Local Delicacies!
Day 1 : Misomeogeumgo (Miso with a Smiling Face) Main Store (sweet potato bread) > 8.6 km > National Center for Forest Therapy > 8.1 km > Jung Donuts Headquarters (ginger donut) > 6.4 km > Sunheung Jeontong Mukjip > 1.4 km > Sosuseowon Confucian Academy, Seonbichon Village > 9.8 km

Day 2 : Apple Bean Coffee (apple pie, apple tea) > 1.7 km > Soy World Science Museum > 1.7 km > Buseoksa Temple

Healing Trip in the Forest with Ginseng and Hot Springs
Day 1 : Ginseng Museum > 350 m > Sobaeksan Punggi Spa Resort > 4 km

Day 2 : National Center for Forest Therapy > 6 km > Punggi Ginseng Market

Sobaeksan Punggi Spa Resort 1400, Jungnyeong-ro, Punggi-eup, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-604-1700 / www.taliaresort.co.kr

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

· Seobu Bulgogi : sirloin bulgogi / 102-20, Dongseong-ro, Punggi-eup, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-636-2649

· Hangyeol Cheonggukjang : rich soybean paste / 1-1, Insam-ro, Punggi-eup, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-636-3224

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


Recommended Accommodations

· Seonbichon : 2796, Sobaek-ro, Sunheung-myeon, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-638-6444 / www.sunbichon.net

· Goeheon House : premium hanok / 875-8, Yeongbong-ro, Isan-myeon, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-636-1755

· Punggi Tourist Hotel : 53, Punggi-ro, Punggi-eup, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-637-8800 / www.punggihotel.com

· Sobaeksan Punggi Spa Resort : 1400, Jungnyeong-ro, Punggi-eup, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do / +82-54-604-1700 / www.taliaresort.co.kr