Saturday, December 22, 2012

National Ginseng Outlet @ Seoul, Korea

As usual when you follow a tour, there will be some of the compulsory shopping stops. This trip, one of the compulsory stops is the National Ginseng Outlet

Before we visit the shop, the tour guide gave us some brief introduction about ginseng.

Since the olden days, Ginseng has been named as "the spirit of a thousand grass and the king of hundred medicines". Ginseng is also known to reduce heatiness in the body, and is the cure for hundreds of bodily pain and diseases. In recent years, medical professionals and researches have found that Ginseng contains elements that improve blood circulation, stabilize blood pressure and protect internal organs. 

What is Korean Ginseng?
  • It grows in mountain or shady area
  • Its root is used for medicine and as its shape is like the human body it is called Ginseng.
  • Korean ginseng has big root consisting with main root and 2~5 branch roots and its color is light yellow.
  • It has strong root branching property and root shape is different according to its age and ginseng which root age is 4~6 years is harvested.
  • Most ginsengs used for Red Ginseng are 6 years old.
  • Six years old ginseng average size is: body length 7~10cm, dia2.5cm, root length 34cm, weight 80g.

Found a video online about Korea's thousand-year old ginseng discovered


I know ginseng is very pricey but does anyone know how much a 100 year old wild ginseng worth? According to YeinJee's Asian Blog site, 100 year old wild ginseng was sold for 1.88 million yuan (USD 250,000) in an auction in Guangzhou, China, back in November 6 in the year 2007!!! And to me...USD250k seems like an outrageous price for a piece of ginseng already...but it’s not the most expensive wild ginseng ever sold… a 300-year-old ginseng was sold for USD400,000 back in August 2007. **fainted**

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* Check here for the summary of my 2012 Korea+Jeju Trip itinerary. 

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