Seoul Yangnyeong Market [서울약령시장]

Hotel Del Luna (2019); The Greatest Love (2011)

Koo Chan-sung (Yeo Jin-goo) adjourns to this market to look for a pharmacy in episode 5 of Hotel Del Luna (호텔 델루나) (tvN, 2019). He starts from the Main Entrance and directs himself towards Gate 2 (seen in the background) and finally ends up at Insaeng Oriental Medical Clinic [인새한의원].

Yoon Pil-joo (Yoon Kye-sang) comes to this market —starting at the main gate— in episode 15 of The Greatest Love/Best Love (최고의 사랑) (MBC, 2011) to buy herbs for his clinic. He runs into Gu Ae-jung (Gong Hyo-jin) here and observers her filming an episode of her new show ‘Searching for Tastes’ as Mat Jang Gum.

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Seoul Yangnyeong Market [서울약령시장 or 약령시장 for short], also known by its full name ‘Seoul Yangnyeong Medicine Market’ and Kyungdong Market [경동시장], is currently one of the largest herbal medicine markets in South Korea. Ginseng, various kinds of mushrooms, cactus fruits, corn oil, mulberry roots, and even frogs, terrapins and freshwater shrimp —used as remedies— can be bought at this market.

This origin of this market can be traced back to official medicine markets, called Yangnyeongsi (藥令市/약령시), that emerged during the Joseon times. A Yangnyeongsi with a close-by Bojewon —a Joseon times medical relief center— is already in place at today’s location. It was closed at the end of the Japanese rule and reopened at the end of the 1960s. In 2005, the market zone was designated as ‘Yangnyeong Market — The specialized industry district for herb medicine.’ In 2007-08, the market was modernized after having been designated as a “special oriental medicine industry zone” in July 2005 by the Ministry of Finance and Economy. In 2013, it was designated Seoul’s Future Heritage (서울미래유산) given out since 2012 by the city’s government.

The market is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Jegi [Jegi-dong/제기동] in the Dongdaemun District [Dongdaemun-gu/동대문구].

10 Yangnyeongjungang-ro, Jegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 동대문구 약령중앙로 10
(서울특별시 동대문구 제기동 1126-5)
Main entrance: 37.578341, 127.036800
Gate 2: 37.578352, 127.037736

27 Yangnyeongdong-gil, Jegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 동대문구 약령동길 27
(서울 동대문구 제기동 1119-2)
Geolocation: 37.579544, 127.037716
(4 min. walk from the station)

Getting here
Jegi-dong Station [제기동역], Seoul Subway Line 1, Exit 2
(1 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL; last updated 21/05/2022
Hotel Del Luna added by Thom Musni
— Photo taken by © Thom Musni, August 2019

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