Daegu Yangyeong-si (Korean oriental medicine market)

written by Devon Furbush
For starters, "Yangnyeong-si" is extremely difficult to pronounce, and the romanization doesn’t do any justice. The proper way to say it is ‘yang-young-she’ but saying it fast while incorporating it into a conversation is a task itself. Anyways let’s get right into it.

When Daegu Yangnyeong-si first opened in 1658, it was a traditional oriental medicine market that circulated herbs twice a year (during spring and fall) to customers in Daegu. Now a global herbal medicine distributor, Yangnyeong-si has supplied herbs to Manchuria, Russia, Japan, China, and all over the Korean peninsula. Thus, gaining a legit reputation for hundreds of years. Local citizens who lived and worked here even implemented movements to revive national rights during the Japanese colonial period when the market was at its lowest. Like most major sources of economic revitalization and income, it gradually declined during this period. However, it reopened as soon as the country was liberated after World War II.






During its thriving days, medicinal products distributed at the time were first purchased by the royal court. The volumes of scale and transaction were so great that they bought one year's worth of medicine for the entire country. In addition, the opening and development of Yangnyeong-si has also greatly contributed to the revitalization of the Daegu economy through the establishment of neighborhood restaurants, inns, and bars that welcome people from all over the world. Over the decades, oriental medicine has been concentrating its efforts to regain its old reputation.






It is quite easy to say that Yangnyeong-si is a great attraction in Daegu. It has a direct connection with the destruction of Daegu eup-seong fortress in 1906. The stones left over from the destruction were used as the foundation for the original Jaeil Church. This church stands directly next to the Yangyeong-si Oriental Medicine Museum Across the road from these two is the Gyonam YMCA where national anti-Japanese activists gathered for rallies during the colonial period. All of these places are less than a one-minute walk from each other.

This museum is a cultural space where you can see exactly how herb peddlers lived 400 years ago. You can also see the different types of herbs and elixirs that Koreans still use to this day. Also, if you happen to be in the Daegu in early May, you can enjoy the annual Deagu Yangnyeong-si Herbal Medicine Culture Festival. Here you can get a free medical check-up, make your own herbal beer, watch contests, and more! It normally lasts for 5 days, and I really recommend checking it out!!

Address: 49 Dalgubeol-daero 415-gil, Seongnae 2(i)-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu
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