Daegu Yangnyeongsi Festival

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Daegu Yangnyeongsi Festival
In the mid May every year
Main event location: Daegu-si Yakjeon alley / Yangryeongsi Exhibition Center
Minor event location: Daegok Ecological Park (Medicinal Herbs Botanic Garden)
Daegu Metropolitan City, Jung-gu District Office
Management Organization
Yangryeongsi Preservation Committee Association
Daegu Yangnyeongsi Festival History
History Contents
1653 (In the 9th year of King Hyojong’s rule ) Yangryeongsi was opened for the first time as a building for visitors inside the Supreme Government Office of Gyeongsang-do by then governor, Im Euibaek (任義伯 觀察使).
1664(In the 5th year of King Hyenjong’s ruling ) the market operating period for both the seasons of spring and fall (春令市, 秋令市) became one month, at the request of governor, Im Euibaek.
1677(In the 3rd year of King Sukjong’s ruling ) thanks to the implementation of the Daedong Act in Gyeongsang-do, the market was revived once more.
1908(In the 2nd year of Yunghee(a calendar used in the period of the last King of the Chosun Dynasty) ) Yangryeongsi was moved to its current location.
1909(In the 3rd year of Yunghee ) the establishment of the Daegu Oriental Medicine Development Association. It was the predecessor of Oriental Medical Association.
1914.09 After the implementation of Chosun Market Rules by Chosun governor-general, it was placed under the inspection and supervision of colonial government officials.
1923 It began losing its identity and freedom because of the rules of the Chosun Oriental Medicine Association imposed by the Chosun governor-general.
1938.05 Japanese Imperial rule began to regulate every aspect of society by establishing “General Mobilization Orders in War Period Act”.
1941 It was closed by the order of the Chosun governor-general because it was believed to be a place where the nationalistic sentiment was generated.
1978.09.13 Establishment of the Committee for Reviving Yangryeongsi which held the 1st opening ceremony of Yangryeongsi on October 28.
1985 Designated as one of the principal places in Daegu. Establishment of a permanent exhibition center of Yangryeongsi Oriental medicinal herbs on September 25.
1988 The committee for Reviving Yangryeongsi was renamed Yangryeongsi Preservation Committee. The market was approved as a traditional oriental medicinal herbs market by Korea FDA on January 21.
1993.02.20 The establishment of the Corporate Aggregate Yangryeongje Preservation Committee was approved by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The permanent exhibition center for Oriental medicinal herbs was renamed Yangryeongsi Exhibition Center and relocated to its current location on October 13.
1999.05.07 ~ 1999.05.13 The ‘Yakchoggot Hanmadang Festival (Herb and flowers together) was held independent of the Dalgubeol Festival.
2000.06 Designated as「Sae Jeumeun Hae (New millennium) Street」by the Presidential Commission for the New Millennium.
2000.07 Yangryeongsi Festival was designated as the Cultural Tourism Festival in 2001
2001.02 Designated as「Cultural Street」by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Korea’s Guinness Committee certified it as the Oldest Yangryeongsi (最古藥令市).
2001.03 Conducted campaigns to modernize Yangryeongsi as one of methods to revitalize the local economy
2004.12.30 It was designated as the Oriental Medicine Industry District.
2006. 5. ~

Daegu Yangryeongsi Oriental Medicine Cultural Festival was held every year

As one of the most well known specialized markets in a specific location, Daegu Yangryeongsi was a gathering place for oriental medicinal herbs sellers of the entire nation. It was opened twice a year in the grounds of the guest building within the Supreme Government Office of Gyeongsang-do during the period of King Hyojong (1650 - 1659). The spring market was held from 1st to the last day of the 2nd month of the lunar calendar, while the fall market was opened from 1st to the last day of the 11th month of the lunar calendar.

Over the last 350 years, Yangryeongsi has become the center of the oriental medicinal herbs trade, while the Yakjeon alley has reborn as a cultural site containing the knowledge of our ancestors regarding herbal medicines. Since 1978, the Daegu Yangryeongje Festival has been held with the full support of the people of Daegu. It is difficult to judge which of the many stories and legends of the origins and history of the Daegu Yangryeongsi are true. However, generally, the following two stories are believed to be the most likely origins of the market. Firstly, it was ordered by King Hyojong in the 9th year of his rule (in 1658) to collect medicinal herbs to present to China as a tribute. The other is that it was founded by the request of Japan’s king Docukawa Ieyas in 1640.

However, there are other theories as well. For example, a professor in Yeongnam Univ. has proposed a new theory that it had long been a general seasonal market held both in spring and fall contradicting the previous stories that it was established by an authority to collect medicinal herbs to present as a tribute. Regardless of this, there is one thing that is certain. That is, Yangryeongsi in Daegu has grown over a period of at least 300 years.
Festival Photo
  • Cutting medicinal herbs Cutting medicinal herbs
  • Opening ceremony of Yangryeongsi Opening ceremony of Yangryeongsi
  • Competition for selecting a young Heo Jun (a well known Oriental Medical doctor who lived during the Chosun Dynasty) Competition for selecting a young Heo Jun (a well known Oriental Medical doctor who lived during the Chosun Dynasty)
  • Herbs hill Herbs hill
  • Opening ceremony of the Yangryeongsi Oriental Medicine Herbs Culture Festival Opening ceremony of the Yangryeongsi Oriental Medicine Herbs Culture Festival
  • Dipping a foot in herb water Dipping a foot in herb water
  • History Exploration
    • History of Jung-gu Adminstration
    • Historic Figures in Jung-gu
    • The Origin of Regions’ Name
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