Fast-forward to 1908, when the market was moved to its current location. By the time 1941 rolled around, the Japanese
Governor-General of Korea did not allow Yangnyeongsi to open over concerns that the market supplied funds to the independence
movement. In 1978, the Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Festival started up as the Yangnyeongsi Preservation Committee was
established in an effort to save this area's heritage.
A number of videos showed a pretty nice computer animation of different historical scenes - with subtitles in four
languages. The propaganda-laced story showed a number of Korean freedom fighters fighting the Japanese to keep this
After a standard height/weight scale and blood pressure check, we found ourselves in what might be called a souvenir
shop. Plenty of ginseng products and other 'well-being' things for sale, although I didn't see anything that couldn't be
If you're unfamiliar with herbal medicine as it's seen in Korea, this is a good introduction to answer 'why' and 'how'.
The propaganda that mentions 5,000 years of history gets a bit old, however, and much of 'Oriental medicine' comes from
China - not exactly a proud Korean heritage. Come here first before venturing into any of the herbal medicine shops that
line the nearby streets - at least then you'll have a chance to ask an intelligent question about the raw materials you
see before you.
One final note: there is a disconnect between this center and the rest of the Yangnyeongsi herbal market. While the
center has touch screens featuring four languages, I've seen little to indicate the market shops speak or understand
anything other than Korean. If you're looking to purchase anything, writing down the Korean name (or sketching out the
Chinese characters) would be beneficial.
Directions to Yangnyeongsi Oriental Medicine Culture Hall: Find your way to the Banwoldang subway station (lines 1
or 2 on the Daegu subway system). Find your way to exit 18 at the end of the underground shopping center, then head to
street level. Take the first right, then walk about 200 meters past a number of herbal shops to an inlaid-stone road.
Keep going straight, then look left.
Also, see Chris’ original review and all pictures at
Chris in South Korea