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).
2. A “naegwa” is an internal surgeon. Nae literally means inside.
3. “Haweuwon” are Chinese medicine clinics. Seoul’s Kyung-Hee University is well known for its Chinese medicine faculty.
4. “SoAGwa” is a pediatrician. This clinic also serves the functions of a “nae-gwa.”
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.
6. A dongmul byungwon is a veterinarian.