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Take a break before you go.My city ‘Healing Place’.
Kim Yu-Mi  |  yumi1724@naver.com
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Updated : 2015.03.23  21:57:50
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  In recent years, a keyword that has become a trend is, “healing". Healing is a trend on which the global markets as well as Korean markets have focused on. It means that more and more people are eager to take a rest, relax their mind and body, and find their forgotten selves. The more demand there is for healing, the more businesses will aim at 'healing' marketing including healing advertisements, healing music, healing journeys, and healing performances. Despite all marketing, when people think about a suitable place to relax, for healing, and to relish clean air and water, they often choose Jeju Island. However, the ‘Healing Place’ where you can fully enjoy healing, is not far away. We can enjoy healing right here in the city. Let’s check out these four 'Healing Places' that I found in Seoul:

1. An oriental medical clinic in which you can drink tea, ‘Yak dabang (medicinal tea shop) Bom Dong’
  In the Hongik University area where so many busy people come and go and many shops open and close in a day, there is a medicinal tea shop which was established by sixteen oriental doctors. It is a traditional tea café called, ‘Yak dabang (medicinal tea shop) Bomdong’. An oriental medical clinic, called a ‘Saeng gang’ is in the basement. You need to make a reservation to get a consultation with a doctor at the ‘Saeng gang’, but you can visit the ‘Yak dabang (medicinal tea shop) Bomdong’ at any time. Unlike typical cafes, you can’t find coffee at Bomdong. Instead, you will find medicinal teas for your body and mind. Body medicinal tea is a "tactical" drug to protect the body from negative states of mind, and brain medicinal tea is a “strategic” drug to encourage positive states of mind. If you select the body medicinal tea, you should tell them your exact birth date. That's because people’s constitutions are different depending on their birth date. My friend and I tried brain medicinal teas like molip-chilyibang, yonggi-yookilbang, and gochal-goosabang tea. At first it tasted unfamiliar to us because we are used to coffee, but slowly we began to enjoy it more as we took one sip at a time and ate jujubes together with it. At Bomdong, you can find various kinds of books and you can also take a foot bath. Other footbath cafes I have been to before used one kind of footbath preparation, but here you can select steam or a hot bath preparation suitable to your constitution. It is said that you can feel the first signs of bad health in your feet. I recommend that you relax your tired legs and get some healing by taking a footbath that matches your constitution.
-Tip: If you aren’t feeling well, select BODY medicinal tea and if you want to refresh your mind, regardless of physical symptoms, select BRAIN medicinal tea.
-Location. 12-13, World Cup buk-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
-Price. body medicinal tea \11,000~13,000; brain medicine tea \8,000~9,000 foot bath \5,000
-Tel. 070-4639-2221

2. ‘Huromfarm’, a healthful nature provided by Phytos, 

  Premium handmade juice specialty ‘Huromfarm’ is a famous café among people seeking for well-being. At Huromfarm, special vegetable experts, ‘PHYTOS’ make juice. Phytos is a mixture of words, PHYTO and PEOPLES. They are specialists who can be found only in Huromfarm. Huromfarm makes juice by squeezing. They don't add water, sugar, pigment or addictives. They use the method of squeezing fresh fruits and vegetables slowly with squeezer, ‘Hurom’. This not only minimizes the destruction of nutrients but also maintains the natural taste, so you can enjoy the taste of nature. I tried out beet-apple, the best menu and beet-orange-carrot. I could feel the sweetness of fresh apples. However, not only is it sweet, but I could feel my body getting healthier. Personally, I don’t like carrots, so the first taste of beet-orange-carrot juice was not enjoyable. But some strange addictiveness rendered me keep coming back to it again and again. I could feel the fresh taste and sweetness of nature itself by drinking more and more. If you don’t know which menu you should drink, try using ‘Find my juice’ at Huromfarm site. You can find healthy Hurom juice that fits you through YES/NO answers.
-Location. 142, Munjeong-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea (1st), 164, Dosan-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea (2nd)
-Price. Beet-apple \5500, beet-orange-carrot \5500
-Tel. 070-4351-2398(1st), 070-4351-2398 (2nd)

3. Reading comics in Mewing! ‘Café de comics’
  One of the things you can't ignore about ‘Healing’ is reading. Before, it was easy for us to read comic books, but now there aren't many places that offer comics anymore. Occasionally I see big signs that say ‘Manwha (comics)’ on buildings, but most of those places appear grim and dismal. But lately, clean and cozy comic book stores are on the rise. One of them is ‘Café de comics’, which has many chain stores. The concept of this cafe is cats. You can see cats everywhere. If there are dogs, it would be hard to concentrate on reading because of barking dogs. Cats sleep mostly and they're not noisy, so you won't be disturbed by them. In ‘Café de comics’ you pay by the hour. When you take a seat and tell them your table number, you are given a timer. We used ‘2hour + drink/ramen’. At first we couldn’t stop laughing because of the childish expression and drawing style that can be seen only in comic books, but soon we ended up falling into the books. The taste of ramen while reading comic books is like honey! Two hours were too short for me in the café because it wasn't enough time to finish one series of books. I highly recommend this cafe for couples who are looking for cheap and unique dating places because 6 hours + Drink/Ramen costs \15,000 at Hongik University branch.
-Location. 96, Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea (Third floor)
-Price. 2hours+Drink/Ramen \7,500 1hour \2,400
-Tel. 02-338-2221

4. The salt cave located in the city, ‘Salt Cave Healing Center’ 

  A salt cave has been used for various illness treatments from the middle age in Europe. Surprisingly we have a salt cave in the South Gate market. In fact, a salt cave has already been recognized as a healing place for its help with asthma, pneumonia, depression, rhinitis and atopic dermatitis. I visited the salt cave healing center at South Gate market. First, I was surprised at the small size of the place, but I realized it was a very suitable place for taking a break, like taking a nap. The front desk provides you with shoes made by non-woven fabric which you should wear before going in. In the cave, there are about ten chairs and five beds. There is one room with two beds on one side. The atmosphere inside is very comfortable and neat. There are special machines that create oxygen and ones that injects tiny salt particles. I feel welcomed by salts on the floor when I walk. Tiny salt particles fall down from the ceiling as well. These particles heal various illnesses and reduce stress through skin and respiratory organs. The salt cave makes anions which have the effects of decreasing stress and inducing sleeping. I think if we use this place regularly, it will be very helpful to prevent diseases. When I visited, there was one business man taking a nap. A lot of office workers seem to visit there. I think this center will be a good place for not only office workers but also families and couples.
-Location. 36, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea (Samsun building, ground floor)
-Price. 1hour \10,000
-Tel. 02-318-4946

  Through this experience, I enjoyed healing, straightened up my thoughts and had fun, too. There are many other places for healing such as psychotherapy café,! I also recommend workshop experiences in which you can get rest with scented candles and soaps. They have many one-day classes. However, besides these places there are also your own heal places like the bench in front of your house, the café you frequent, your room, and etc. Basically all the places around you can become a healing place. Let's take some rest by creating my personal space, when you feel tired and exhausted after a long day. Even though you're not getting massages, you will feel mentally and physically comfortable. The students of Gachon University, I hope you take a rest a little bit before you move on!

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