Drama Rekindles Interest in Korea"s Most Famous Physician

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Drama Rekindles Interest in Korea"s Most Famous Physician

The rise in popularity of a drama documenting the famous Chosun dynasty doctor Kuam Heo Joon has helped stimulate interest in the doctor's birthplace and famous Donguibogam (medical text). Many informationseekers go to Heo Rock, located next to YonDungPo Technical High School's main gate in Kayangdong, Kangsoku,Seoul.
Story has it that Heo was born around the rock in 1539. Heo actually wrote the famous book inside Heo Rock.
Heo Joon is remembered as the greatest doctor in Korea's history. After winning a national miedical contest, Heo became the royal physician. However, unable to save King Sunjo's life, Heo was exiled to his hometown Pajungri. There he compiled the 25-volume Donguibogam inside Heo Rock and passed away at the age of 77 (1615).
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