Seomyeon Medical Street

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Seomyeon Medical Street (Hangul: 서면메디컬스트리트) refers to a medical district in Busanjin-gu, Busan named after and centered on the thoroughfare within a 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) radius of the Seomyeon Lotte Department Store and Buam Station.[1][2][3] It is one of three medical districts being devised by the Government of Busan and is the most concentrated in all of South Korea.[4][5][6]


Located in Seomyeon near the Judies Taehwa shopping mall, Seomyeon Medical Street is home to a total of 160 cosmetic and other medical clinics, including those specializing in cosmetic surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology and dentistry.[7][8] The Street area also provides a wide range of amenities and entertainment venues, including five-star hotel, large department store, large discount store, duty-free shop, casino, restaurants, beauty salon and clothing outlets.

Medical tourism[edit]

The district's popularity amongst medical tourists from Russia, China, Japan and the United States has seen an influx in recent history.[9][10] This has prompted city officials to invest 3,000,000,000 into the area, as well as found an information center and provide access to tour guides fluent in Chinese, English and Japanese.[11][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Huh, Nam-Shik. "Busan's Strategies for Sustainable Development". Global Mayors' Forum. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  2. ^ "부산시, 제1회 서면메디컬스트리트 축제 개최" (in Korean). PR Newswire. 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  3. ^ "부산 성형외과 환자 연쇄사망…의료관광 '휘청'". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Medical Tourists to Busan Rose 26% YoY". Invest KOREA. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  5. ^ "부산 찾은 외국인 의료관광객 작년 26% 증가". Yonhap (in Korean). 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  6. ^ "Rediscover the city's top sites" (PDF). Dynamic Busan (63): 5. 2009-08-16. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  7. ^ "하계열 부산진구청장 인터뷰". Internet Journalism (in Korean). 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  8. ^ "김현옥 SMS의료관광협의회장 취임". 디지틀보사. 2011-04-18. Archived from the original on 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  9. ^ a b "City becomes hot spot for medical tourism" (PDF). Dynamic Busan (101): 1. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  10. ^ "Stroll Down Medical Street, With a Guide". Busan Convention & Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  11. ^ "Seomyeon Medical Tourist Information Center opened on February 9". Busan Metropolitan City. 2011-02-10. Retrieved 2011-12-08.