Seoul Yangnyeong Oriental Medicine Market is one of the largest and most unique herbal medicine and ginseng markets in Korea. It dates back to 1960, only a few years after the Korean War. Today, it supplies the country with almost all of its herbal medicine ingredients.
The smells here are just amazing and because of this it has become a popular spot for both tourists, who are interested and curious in oriental medicine that they have never seen or smelled before, and for locals who come here to buy exotic herbs, strange looking barks and roots, and of course, the ever so popular fresh ginseng.
Ginseng is one of the main ingredients in a chicken ginseng soup known as samgyetang.
Those who are suffering from life threatening diseases, or even just simple ailments such as a cold, often shop here looking for a natural remedy. Of course, pushy stall owners might try to sell you their product claiming it will heal whatever your problem is.
Don’t forget to bring your camera. The best way to enjoy visiting here is to just walk around, take in the all the extraordinary smells, see strange and bizarre items, and take as many photos as you can.
An agricultural and fish section is also nearby. In total, there are over 1,000 shops and stores selling thousands of different items in just a few city blocks.