병원 – Hospital – 病院

In Korea, more so than in North America, medical clinics are specialized. Depending on which part of your body is ailed, you diagnose yourself and go to the right clinic. Here is a selection of signs for specialized hospitals.

1. Some buildings house several different clinics. This sign advertises a dentist on the 5th floor (chigwa), a dermatologist on the 4th floor (pibugwa), and a broken bone specialist on the 3rd floor (chunghyungwaygwa).

A clinic for every ailment.

2. A “naegwa” is an internal surgeon. Nae literally means inside.

내 means inside.

3. “Haweuwon” are Chinese medicine clinics. Seoul’s Kyung-Hee University is well known for its Chinese medicine faculty.

Kyunghee University is famous for its traditional Korean medicine program.

4. “SoAGwa” is a pediatrician. This clinic also serves the functions of a “nae-gwa.”

소아과 means pediatrician.

5. A “songhyungwaygwa” is a plastic surgeon. Minor plastic surgery is quite common in Korea, particularly adding a double eyelid for females. Many plastic surgeons are located in the Apgujeong, the Beverley Hills of Seoul.

Plastic surgery clinics are particularly numerous in the Apgujeong area.

6. A dongmul byungwon is a veterinarian.

동물 means animal.