Beauty & Wellness
Beauty & Wellness Top 5 Hot Spots

Koreans tend to seek a healthy beauty—based on external beauty as well as beauty built upon a balance among the body, mind, and soul. This has led to a growing interest in herbal medicine (which emphasizes an individual’s constitution and natural healing), a wide array of therapies, meditation, as well as wholesome rest. Why not boost your beauty and health at beauty and wellness hot spots nestled all across Korea?

Our first destination is Tea Therapy in Sinsa-dong,
a resting place for your mind and body.

Tea Therapy is located in Sinsa-dong, Seoul. As its name suggests, this is a venue where you can heal your body and mind by drinking oriental herbal teas matched to the constitution of your body. Even the menu at this café is proof of its uniqueness: Once you answer a brief questionnaire on your personality and health conditions, café staff will recommend an oriental herb tea helpful to improving your body condition. Herbal teas use ingredients (such as seasonal fruits, flowers, roots, leaves, and twigs) that are good for the body and rich in nutrients. For those with “mibyeong,” a traditional Korean medicine term that describes the condition of feeling uncomfortable and tired (although not severe enough to be diagnosed as having an illness), staff suggest teas containing a variety of herbal medicines. Plus, this café offers foot baths, making it a perfect venue for a leisurely respite in the heart of the city.

Our second destination is Sulwhasoo Flagship Store & Spa,
where you can experience the appeal of herbal cosmetics

Hugely popular among Korean women in their 30s and 40s, Sulwhasoo—Korea’s representative herbal cosmetics brand—operates an attractive flagship store that features a top-quality interior décor and sophisticated services. Here, you can find the company’s wide range of products all in one place, try them, and receive recommendations from beauty experts for products that match your skin type. Moreover, there is a spa on the first and fourth floor of the same building, where you can enjoy a wide array of services that range from mild treatments to anti-aging herbal medicine spa therapy. Sulwhasoo Flagship Store is located near Dosan Park, in an area well-known for luxury brand shops and restaurants. Come on down and sit on a rooftop café enjoying a cup of tea—and relish in the romantic cityscape!

Our third destination is Jinan Red Ginseng Spa,
a venue within a beautiful nature
where your body and soul can rest

One of the most popular souvenirs among visitors to Korea is Red Ginseng, which is also a most sought-after health food among Koreans. With its nutrients and various of bio-active ingredients, red ginseng can help revitalize the body while boosting the immune system. There are several regions in Korea well-known for producing red ginseng, and Jinan is one of them. Located in a place that offers a spectacular vista of a mysterious looking rocky mountain known as Maisan Mountain, Red Ginseng Spa is one of the major wellness hot spots famous for a wide range of spa facilities based on traditional herbal medicine.

Jinan Red Ginseng Spa mainly consists of the Taegeuk (Tai Chi) Zone that offers a red ginseng bubble massage, the Therapy Zone designed based on the principles of yin and yang, and the Aqua Zone where you can relax in a beautiful natural setting. The Therapy Zone, in particular, is hugely popular as it offers one-of-a-kind spa experiences: e.g., Sound Floating which allows you to float in water and meditate as if floating in your mother’s womb, Herb Therapy that utilizes medicinal wormwood picked from the surrounding areas, and Aroma Therapy that helps your body remove toxins by using specialized bath salts based on red ginseng extracts. The spa also offers accommodation, so you may want to consider staying overnight—to enjoy the spa and explore nearby attractions such as Maisan Mountain.

Our fourth destination is Dongui bogam Village
(Sancheong Oriental Medicine Theme Park),
where you can experience the essence of
traditional Korean medicine

Inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register and written in the 17th century, Dongui Bogam is considered the greatest Korean book written on traditional oriental medicine. The biography of its author, Heo Jun, has been retold in several dramas, indicating the huge respect and love of the Korean people for the book
Sancheong is home to an oriental medicine theme park based on Dongui Bogam. The park boasts plenty of attractions—from a museum devoted to the history of traditional Korean medicine and the medical-scientific value of Dongui Bogam, to an herb exhibition hall where rare species of herbs native to nearby Jirisan Mountain are cultivated for display. What’s more, the park offers various experiences (such as the Oriental Medicine Theme Park and the Chi Experience Center), a restaurant dedicated to medicinal food dishes, and specialized oriental medicine facilities, that allow visitors to experience the essence of traditional Korean medicine. Notably, the herbal bath facility, which utilizes specially developed herbal bath salts, can help restore balance in your body and alleviate fatigue based on your individual physical constitution, is very popular among the locals. Soaking in one of the baths is highly recommended!

Our final destination is
OSULLOC Tea Museum & Innisfree Jeju House,
venues that pursue naturalistic beauty.

A popular vacation spot for both domestic and foreign travelers, Jeju Island is home to numerous wellness hot spots. Among these, OSULLOC Tea Museum & Innisfree Jeju House, which pursue health and beauty restored in nature, are must-see destinations for young people. Here, gazing at the vast green tea plantation that rolls on towards the horizon endlessly will soothe both your mind and eyes, and help you relax and feel comfortable.
Korea’s first dedicated tea museum, OSULLOC Tea Museum is where visitors can discover tea-related artifacts from Eastern and Western cultures as well as from traditional and modern societies. The museum serves as one of the top cultural spaces in Jeju, drawing over 1.5 million visitors annually. The museum offers a special tour program where participants can try a wide variety of locally grown teas as well as learn how to make home brewed tea taste better. (Reservations are available either online or by phone.)
Located right next to OSULLOC Tea Museum, Innisfree Jeju House is where you can experience organic food dishes and eco-cosmetics made from environmentally friendly ingredients cultivated from Jeju Island’s natural environment. The facility also offers spaces where you can appreciate the gorgeous wind and forest sounds of Jeju and smell the aroma of native camellias, cymbidium orchids, and other native plants. Plus, the House also sells soap material kits that allow you to make your own organic soap using Jeju’s natural ingredients such as volcanic ash, green tea, and tangerines. With this experience kit, you can make your own soap on the spot in a shape of your liking and inscribe your own message on it, which will help create precious memories from your unique Jeju journey.
* This page was last updated on January 31, 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here!


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