The 2013 World Traditional Medicine Fair & Festival in Sancheong that run from September 6 to October 20, 2013 is the first expo of the traditional medicines in the world, which is to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Donguibogam (Korean ancient medical book) and its registration on UNESCO Memory of the World program. The Donguibogam Village is so big. It has many halls and pavilions, a museum, restaurants, and even a healing town. With all these, visitors can also enjoy the natural scenic view of the Jirisan Mountain.
Me with a picture of Heo Jun, who is the Joseon‘s grand physician who set the foundations for traditional Korean medicine with his systematic compilation of its subjects in his greatest work, Donguibogam.
I am a fan of him actually. 🙂 Before the trip, I finished the 135-episode drama ‘Gu Am Heo Jun‘ which is a remake of the 1999 drama Huh Joon about the dramatic life of the writer of the eastern medicine manual. It depicts the life story about a commoner who rose up the ranks to become a royal court physician.
Before we entered the Korean Medicine Experience Hall, some of us volunteered to try on the costumes of a traditional doctor and nurse. I was so excited to try on the nurse costume because I was also a fan of the drama, Great Jang Geum or Jewel In The Palace. The story was about 500 years ago during the time of Chosun Dynasty, a rigidly hierarchical and male dominated social structure. Based on a true story about a legendary girl (Jang Geum) who became the first woman to be the supreme royal physician of her times. Despite being a low class girl in the male dominated society, she overcame discrimination, became a royal cook, and later becoming the royal physician.
KOREAN MEDICINE EXPERIENCE HALL: Visitors can experience the secret health benefits delivered by Donguibogam through 12 programs such as trying healthy pillows, stress diagnosis, walking through a healing tunnel, foot bath/half immersion bath, soap making, and acupuncture, as well as through healing space that consists of various elements of cypress trees such as cypress leaves, liquid, and cypress sawdust.
We tried making soap, Hyangbijo, according to the method of Donguibogam. The mixture consists of agilawood, white sandalwood, dried clove buds, lysimachia foenum-graecum, and rhizoma kaempferiae with camphor and musk. Gleditsia powder and black glutinous rice jelly added. It will be mixed well and it will now be a soap. We left it for a while on the mold and then I got a heart-shaped with flower patterns soap.
VITALITY (GI) EXPERIENCE HALL: Meditation, gi exercise. writing of wishes, and experiencing the the mysterious Gi Rocks (life energy) from Baekdudaegan.
Here we tried meditation and getting our pulse evaluated if it was normal and experienced the mysterious energy from the big Gi Rock.
After this, we went to a restaurant for our dinner. But my next post will be about some attractions in Donguibogam Village that I would to share. 🙂