28 Oct 2014 | From Heewon of South Korea
Naeuiwon is a medical pharmacy of the imperial palace. It was the place where medical practitioners mixed medicine and provided medical services for the king and the rest of the royal family. Also called 'Naekuk', it literally refers to the place located at the palace for medical issues. Its other names were such as Naeguk and Naeyakbang of which terms also designated the place or room for treatment.
In Changdeokgung palace, tourists can experience how royal physicians worked long before western modern medicine arrived at Korean peninsula. It is said that the renowned court physician Heo Jun worked in Naeuiwon for 44 years.