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Yeongdeungpo Smart Medical Zone (YSMZ)

Korea’s NO.1
medical tourism special zone

Medical Tourism in Yeongdeungpo-gu

  • Located approximately one hour from Incheon International Airport

    Located in a close distance from Incheon International Airport and Gimpo International Airport, Yeongdeungpo-gu is the transportation center of Seoul where a network of many modes of public transportation, such as subway (connected to Lines 1, 2, 5, 7 and 9) and bus services, are well established. Yeongdeungpo Station, one of the main stations of Seoul along with Yongsan Station and Seoul Station, is a station for Seoul Metro Subway Line 1 as well as KTX and ITX trains. It is connected directly to Times Square and department stores.

  • No. of foreign patients who visited Yeongdeungpo-gu: approx. 72,369

    According to Yeongdeungpo-gu’s statistical data on medical tourism, the accumulated number of foreign patients who visited medical institutions in Yeongdeungpo-gu between 2009 and 2018 is approximately 72,369. Foreign patients from all over the world including China, Mongolia and the US visit Yeongdeungpo-gu.

  • No. 1 in the number of general hospitals among autonomous-gu areas of Seoul Metropolitan City

    Designated as a smart medical zone by the central government in 2017, Yeongdeungpo-gu is a center of Seoul’s medical tourism where seven general hospitals, 735 hospitals and clinics and 35 medical institutions attracting and registering international patients are located. Yeongdeungpo-gu offers customized medical service through hospitals and clinics specializing in cerebrovascular, spine and joint-related and opthalmologic diseases.

  • 5 special hospitals designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare

    Special hospitals designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare are selected every three years from hospital-level medical institutions through a strict screening process. These hospitals provide specialized medical services in their respective fields.

  • 20 medical institutions certified by the Ministry of Health and Welfare

    Medical institution certification system is implemented targeting medical institutions of hospital level or higher with a goal to ensure patient safety and improve the quality of medical services. Look for a certification mark when visiting a hospital.

Yeongdeungpo-gu,
a rising center of medical tourism

Smart Medical Zone

Yeongdeungpo Smart Medical Zone (YSMZ)

What is "medical tourism"?

Foreign patients receiving medical services, such as treatment or surgery, at medical institutions in Yeongdeungpo-gu and people accompanying them touring the area at the same time as receiving medical services.

Purpose of special zone designation

To provide “specialized medical services” using the latest medical technologies and expertise of hospitals in Yeongdeungpo-gu that specialize in “cerebral diseases, burn, joint-related diseases and opthalmologic diseases,” and contribute to revitalizing the local economy and creating jobs through a link with tourism resources as well as shopping and accommodation facilities in the area.

Date of special zone designation

12. 14. (Designated by: Minister of SMEs and Startups

Zones

Yeongdeungpo-dong, Yeouido-dong, and Daerim-dong

Project period

2018 - 2022 (5 years)

Project promotion

  • Establishment of medical tourism infrastructure: establish the Medical Tourism Support Center, open the medical tourism promotional website, train medical tourism coordinators, etc.
  • Support to stimulate medical tourism: organize medical tourism project presentation sessions, and promote online/offline PR and marketing projects in Korea and abroad, etc.
  • Expansion of hospitals providing medical tourism services: improve hospital facilities and services, and increase convenience facilities for foreign patients, etc.