Thursday, 19 October 2017

[Jeonju] - Sound Culture Center & Oriental Medicinal Culture Center

Annyeong~! Really sorry for taking so much time to update my 2015 trip. My previous post stop at Jeonju Village that retains its historical charms and tradition...

Hi, welcome back~!^^

 Jeonju SORI Culture Center (전주 소리문화관).

Jeonju is home to Pansori, a UNESCO Memory of the World Register. This hanok-style house is Jeonju SORI Culture Center (Jeonju Sound Culture Center). It's built to raise the cultural superiority of Jeonju and to lead the new Pansori culture.

A diversity of such Pansori related performances can be found at this Culture Center. On top of that,  visual records of pansori, and other various historical records are on display at the memorial hall. But, sadly it was not opened when we're there.

Performing stage and hall.

I searched google images and saw they often have performances here. Hope next time I'll be lucky enough to catch Pansori performance at night, because it looks so beautiful! Behind the stage is the hall for classes, experiences and seminars. 

Elegant hanok pavilion (정자) is the perfect spot for resting and 
enjoying the charming surrounding and pleasant ambience.

 The pavilion is nestling on top of wishing pond with a lot of koi fish. 

My hubby was busy snapping photos of me in hanbok, while kids trying to throw the coins inside the pair of traditional Korean shoes (화혜장 = Hwahyejang). ;P

I really like beautiful Korean pavilion.

You should check these big pavilions offering beautiful surrounding and awesome views of Jeonju Hanok Village: 

  Add: 56, Hanji-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do.
 Operating hours: 10:00-19:00 (Closed on Mondays).
 Website: (Korean only).

 Random Photos: Fortune Teller Machine and
beautiful calligraphy for road signs.

Now, let's check out another interesting Culture Center: 

Oriental Medicinal Culture Center (우석대전주한방문화센터).

This Oriental medicine and Oriental pharmacy is connected to the traditional living culture and oriental medicinal culture center.

Legendary Physicians in Traditional Korean Medicine (Hanbang).

Thanks to Sageuk dramas, out of these 5 famous physicians at least I know Heo Jun. He's frequently protrayed in Sageuk dramas. The recent fantasy medical drama, Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo, he did travel to modern Korea. Heo Im, a great accupunture physician also had the same experience.

Heo Jun (허준) was a court physician during the reign of King Seonjo of the Joseon Dynasty. He wrote a number of medical texts, but his most significant achievement is Dongui Bogam (Mirror of Eastern Medicine). It's the first book on medicine to be inscribed on the Memory of the World Register by UNESCO which spread to East Asian countries like China, Japan, and Vietnam where it is still regarded as one of the classics of Oriental medical encyclopedia.

Although he worked extensively with the royal family, he put a great emphasis on making treatment methods accessible and comprehensible to common people. He found natural herb remedies that were easily attainable by commoners and wrote the names of the herbs using the simple hangul letters instead of hanja (Chinese characters).

Googled on Yi Je-ma (이제마), he was a Korean medicine scolar in Late Choseon who founded the study of Sasang medicine. Hhe claimed that Because each person's natural constitution is different, the same disease must be treatd differently.

Korean Oriental medicine sees the human body as 
a miniature of universe based on the concept of yin and yang.

There are 4 seasons, people have 4 limbs. There are 5 elements and human have 5 organs. There are 6 poles in the universe and human have 6 bowels. There are 9 points in universe, and we have 9 body openings. The day is diveded by 12 hours, and we have 12 energy points. In the year there are 365 days, human beings have 365 joints (acupoints). 

The mind must be under control to treat disease. Patient must let go of negative thoughts and leave the body in peace. If one's mind merges with the universe, one will find peace and health.

It studies O-haeng (5 elements) comprising the universe: geum (metal and rock), mok (wood), su (water), hwa (fire), and to (earth). It also studies the process of Yuk-gi (6 Atmospheric Influences) in the realm of natural science: pung (wind), han (cold), yeol (heat), hwa (fire), seup (humidity), and jo (dryness).  Therefore, illnesses is treated holistically to the entire body and not locally.

 Antique Medicine Cabinets and knife for slicing medicinal herbs 
similar to those found in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Various types of medicinal herbs.

Aromatherapy Essential Oil and Candles.

Besides Acupuncture, Moxibustion, and consuming Herbal medicine, Oriental treatments also include Aromatherapy by treating bodily ailments using essential plant oils and Meditation to relax and calm body and mind.

I'm always amazed how the physician know what's wrong with the body 
just simply put their 3 fingers on the hand to diagnose the pulses!!!

Hanbok Rental also available inside this cultural center.

Beautiful jeogori and chimas...

Traditional Hanbok Rental Fee: 1.5 hours ₩5,000 / 4 hours ₩10,000.
Uhwudong Hanbok Rental Fee: 1.5 hours ₩20,000 / 4 hours ₩30,000.

Add: 53, Eunhaeng-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si 
Phone: 063-232-2500

Happy kids queueing to buy cute candy floss outside the center.