Relaxation in Jecheon, the International City of Oriental Medicine
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Travel Overview
Chungcheongbuk-do

Oriental Medicine Experience Tour

Along with Daegu and Jeonju, Jecheon was one of the locations of the Top 3 medicine markets in the JoseonEra. That’s why Jecheon has the reputation of an Oriental-medicinal spot where the body and mind of a traveler can be re-energized. The success of the World Oriental Medicine-Bio Expo in 2010 led to the creation of a park with the theme of oriental medicine. Furthermore, travelers can taste herbal foods at the traditional markets and in Jecheon Mountain Herb Village nestled in the foothills of Geumsusan Mountain, as well as enjoying a rest at Sasang constitutional spas in the area’s private resorts.

Jecheon Mountain Herb Village

In the town that represents Jecheon’s Oriental medicine therapy programs, visitors can combine wild herbs from Geumsusan Mountain to make natural cosmetics and fragrant herbal pockets. Suyuk (boiled pork slices) is a restorative dish with a remarkable taste and abundant nutrition, thanks a meat stock made from various medicinal herbs and pine needles.

Location 3, Oksunbong-ro 6-gil, Susan-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do | Telephone 043-651-1357

Jecheon Oriental Medicine Expo Park

The park was established to host the “World Oriental Medicine-Bio Expo” in 2010. The Hanbang Maeul (Oriental medicine village) facility provides a foot bath experience and a medicinal soap making program, while the Oriental Medicine Bio Science Hall has video with 4D effects and a virtual reality experience booth to let visitors learn about the human body and the science of oriental medicine. Don’t forget to visit the International Fermentation Museum and Herbal Garden as well.

 

Operating hours : 09:00–18:00 (10:00–17:00 during the winter) *Closed on Mondays
  • Hanbang Maeul

    Experience fee : 3,000 won–10,000 won

    Making medicinal soap / fragrant herbal pocket / moisturizing essence
  • Oriental Medicine Bio Science Hall

    Experience fee : 6,000 won–10,000 won 

    Making a peony mug / Oriental medicine candle / business card case (with an oriental medicine fabric)
  • International Fermentation Museum
    Experience fee : 10,000 won–30,000 won
    Making hop tea / hop hand therapy / natural fermented vinegar
Location 19, Hanbang expo-ro, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do | Telephone 043-653-9550

Uirimji Reservoir

Jecheon Uirimji and Jerim Woods is a reservoir built in ancient times and is well-known for its remarkable landscape. This place was designated as Scenic Site No. 20 by the government. A forest of pines/willows that are hundreds of years old and a pavilion are found together along the embankment, deepening the picturesque beauty.

Location 33, Uirimji-ro, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do | Telephone 043-651-7101

Boncho Dadam Café

Boncho Dadam is a special café that takes the Oriental foot bath as its main theme, while its name means “a place to experience herbs and indulge in tea”. Place your feet into a bath while looking at the scenery beyond the windows, and relax with a medicinal oriental tea brewed from herbs such as balloon flower root (doraji) and milk vetch root (hwanggi).

 

Closed on Mondays 
Foot bath experience with a medicinal herbal tea: 9,000 KRW (for 1 visitor)
Location 98, Uirim-daero 46-gil, Songhak-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do | Telephone 043-645-2330

Resom Forest

A private healing resort surrounded by the dense primeval forest provides unique spa programs with 9 themes. The spa is calibrated to various physical constitutions, and the medicinal herbal tea and Infinity Pool (outdoor spa zone) are very popular here.

Location 365, Geumbong-ro, Baegun-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do | Telephone 043-649-6014
www.resom.co.kr/forest

HISTORY & CULTURE TRAIL TOUR

Follow Nature to Discover Jecheon’s History & Culture

What technology was used to create Uirimji, the ancient reservoir built 1,500 years ago? Why does the site of the Jayangyeongdang Village School (Seodang, a primary education institute in the Joseon Era) include an exhibition hall for the Uibyeong (righteous armies raised in the cause of justice)? Seek solace through meditation at Baeron Sanctuary, which is visited by a number of Catholic pilgrims, and find joy from the nature in Jecheon. It’s time to start a fascinating historical tour.

Uirimji History Museum

Uirimji Reservoir is one of the Top 3 ancient irrigation sites in Korea. The museum’s permanent exhibits offer information about the reservoir with 4 themes and the overall title: “the chest that contains time, history, culture, and life. ” Visitors can explore the old literature and tales that referred the reservoir, and will also discover the answers to a number of questions: How was the reservoir built? And what ancient technology was applied to the construction? Screens placed all around the museum provide interactive learning experiences about the embankment construction and rice planting. A trick art exhibition and the chance to make rubbings are other things to experience here.

 

Operating hours : 09:00–18:00 *Closed on Mondays
Admission Fees : 2,000 won (adult)
Location 365, Geumbong-ro, Baegun-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do | Telephone 043-649-6014

Jecheon Joongang Market

This traditional market is the largest one in the whole Jecheon area. From the first basement to the second floor of the market building, more than 280 shops offer Hanbok (Korean traditional dress), cloth and clothes, jewelry, plates, and other type of merchandise. Red fish cake and buckwheat pancakes freshly cooked on the spot are among Jecheon’s special local street foods that you will find here.

 

Operating hours : 09:00–22:00 *Closed on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month
Location 108, Pungyang-ro, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do

Baeron Sanctuary

This historic site of Korean Catholic missionary work attracts even non-religious tourists, thanks to its outstanding landscape. During the persecution of 1801 (Sinyu Persecution) Joseon’s Catholics hid themselves in this area. In the cave that has been preserved here, Hwang Sa-Yeong wrote a letter to inform others about how the Korean Catholics were being oppressed at that time. Besides this, St. Joseph’s Seminary, the first Korean theological school, has been restored here.

Location 296, Baeronseongji-gil, Bongyang-eup, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do | Telephone 043-651-4527

Bakdaljae Wooden Sculpture Park

This park was created based on the love story between Bakdal and Geumbong, and its location became especially famous after “Weeping Over Bakdal Pass (Ulgo Neomneun Bakdaljae),” a Korean popular song, was introduced in 1948. In the neighborhood, you can visit the “Mokguram Sanctuary,” a Buddhist sanctum for quiet prayer, as well as “Five Hundred Arhats,” with wood carvings that show all the Arhats with different and unique faces. 

 

Operating hours : 08:00~19:00
Location 212, Bakdal-ro, Baegun-myeon, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do

Jayangyeongdang Village School

This place was established by the Confucians in 1906 (in the 43rd year of King Gojong’s reign). In 1889, the facility was a seodang (a traditional village school in the Joseon Era) with the title of “Jayangyeongdang” founded by the Confucian scholar Yoo Jung-Gyo, who wanted to educate young pupils. Then, in 1895, the Jecheon Righteous Army Movement was begun by Yoo In-Seok, who raised his righteous armies (Uibyeong) on this site. Not only the main building of Jayangyeongdang, but also Jecheon Uibyeong Hall and the old houses of Yoo Jung-Gyo and Yoo In-Seok are opened to visitors.

Location 566-7, Uiam-ro, Bongyang-eup, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do | Telephone 043-641-4811
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