SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, June 7, 2021 –Seoul Grand Park has been running a unique forest in its “Healing Forest” since last September: A special healing program dedicated to medical workers battling against the pandemic.
In 2020, healthcare personnel from two hospitals in Seoul– Seoul Metropolitan Dongbu Hospital and Seoul Eupyeong Hospital—participated in the program. After finishing the healing program, 96.5% of participants gave positive responses regarding its effects in a survey. This year, medical experts from Seoul Child Hospital, Seoul Medical Center, and Dongbu Hospital will visit the forest.
The Healing Forest of Seoul Grand Park has an optimal environment to heal people as it has limited hikers’ access for three decades to protect and manage its ecosystem.
A professional forest healing instructor leads the two-hour-long program. Under the instructor’s guidance, participants can enjoy a walk, forest bathing, meditation, stretching, sunbathing, a foot bath, and some tea.
When finishing the program, free entrance to other facilities of the Grand Park, such as Rose Garden and Zoo, is offered to those who want to explore the park more.
Lee Su-Yeon, Director of Seoul Grand Park, said, “I hope many healthcare professionals who are exhausted from the pandemic can gain the refreshing energy in our Healing Forest of the park and our “thankfulness” program.”