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National Center for Forest Therapy

A True Beginning of Untact Wellness

National Center for Forest Therapy is arguably the most ideal tourist site for the age of untact. Located at the foot of the Sobaeksan Mountain, the National Center for Forest Therapy is a place to experience the true power of forest therapy in a dense forest.

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As the public began to react with caution to crowded places, many have turned to mountains in the weekend. After all, mountain climbers get a good exercise in an open space and plenty of fresh air to boot. Many studies have corroborated the power of healing that forests and mountains can offer to us. On the parks themselves, a study showed that people who visited mountain and forest parks more often had less hospital visits on average than those who did not. These results represent the undeniable body of literature that verify the beneficial effects of forests on human health. Then there’s phytoncide and anions. The benefits of phytoncide and anions, which represent the healing power of forests, have also been validated adequately with further research on the way. There is no doubt that the forest is a rich repository of energy which treats our bodies distressed by urban life. That is perhaps the reason why one finds one’s steps lighter when heading to the National Center for Forest Therapy: it is, after all, the way to a forest therapy service guaranteed by the state.

Meet the Forest in Your Terms, from Light Strolls to Mountain Climbing

The National Center for Forest Therapy offers accommodations in the Juchi District, which includes Juchi village, a healing garden, aqua therapy center, and health promotion center for visitors who participate in one-day or overnight short-term forest therapy programs, and Munpil District, including Munpil Village, for long-term visitors. The districts are surrounded by nine forest trails called “forest trails of healing.”

These trails are connected with Sobaeksan National Park, Myojeokbong Peak, and Cheonbusan Mountain areas, and amount to 50km in total length. Visitors who want a relaxing and easy stroll on a forest trail can head to Mundeuraemi Healing Forest Trail. This trail connects Gohangjae Pass with Munpil Village, and its flat slope makes the walk no more taxing than a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood.

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Heal with Water in Aquatic Therapy

Forest therapy programs are divided into individual and group therapies. The former is in turn divided into “forest therapy”, “relax therapy”, and “DIY therapy”. In “forest therapy”, participants take walks through forests, rest on hammocks installed in the forests, or utilize breathing techniques to become closer with nature. Meditations and counseling programs help the visitors welcome nature into their hearts, while forest trails within the Juchi District offer excellent venues for exercise or sunbathing to boost the immune system. For those who want to bring a more holistic change in their lifestyle or those recovering from a severe illness, long-term residence programs can be a way to achieve their goals in the National Center for Forest Therapy. To do so, one must first place a reservation via telephone and sign the agreement form before one can enter the residence program. One starts the day with a light, non-contact exercise program, followed by the rotating daily program. Mornings are often spent in massages, meditations, and exercise. The afternoon is often a free time for the participants to relax and heal in the pine forests. Keep in mind that the program does not offer any medical treatment. Instead, it facilitates positive changes to the body and mind, an opportunityto rest without worries away from the stress of one’s daily life.

Another area that the National Center for Forest Therapy prides itself in is the aquatic therapy programs and facilities on offer. These programs use the water flow and pressure to promote the energy of one’s body and mind, and include specialized aquatic therapy facilities as Bade Pool Spa, open-air spa, and water massage facilities. Bade Pool Spa includes aquatic rehabilitation devices, which help to mitigate muscle pain, facilitate the recovery of ankle injuries, and build back and ankle strength, and water massage devices that can help the users relax or be used to assist the treatment of hypertension and arteriosclerosis. After exercising in the Bade Pool Spa, visitors can head to the thermotherapy room and the open-air spa.

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National Center for Forest Therapy
  • ∨ +82-54-639-3400
  • ∨ Reservation required
  • ∨ Daseurim Stay for 2 persons KRW 93,000
  • ∨ 209, Therapy-ro, Bonghyeon-myeon, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
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1 night, 2 days in Daseurim Stay

Daseurim Stay is an overnight program hosted in the Juchi Village. Program fees depend on the size of the group in accommodation, from two-person to six-person stay, and the programs selected. There are three programs on offer, namely the standard, standard + outdoor, and standard + outdoor + indoor. All participants are provided with three meals, and the choice to add additional programs like the aquatic therapy or healing device experience programs. Two of the healing devices included in the experience program are thermal therapy, which utilize infrared rays in half-bath, and aquatic therapy, which uses water pressure and flow for massages.

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