17 June 2015 | Pocheon, South Korea —
Danny’s cousin recommended for us to visit this 82-acre lowly recreational park called Herb Island (포천 허브아일랜드). It’s located in Pocheon, a city in the province of Gyeonggi. Ironically, it is not an island but a theme park showcasing many sorts of flowers, plants and herbs.
Our trip started right after lunch time. So, it was quite warm and sunny. We purchased our tickets upon entering the entrance gate before parking the car. Then, headed straight to their indoor botanical garden. Inside the greenhouse are tons of plants, a mini man-made waterfalls, and beautiful and colorful flowers in various sizes that I’ve never seen before.
We also visited the Santa Claus Village and a mini barn for donkeys, peacocks, pigs and goats.
There are few shops that sell candles, scents, herbal pillows, teas, spices, etc., and some products are DIY. Furthermore, a performance hall, restaurants, a cafe, and a bakery can be found near the parking lot. Long distance travellers may opt for an overnight stay at their pension, too. They also accept wedding ceremonies and reception for all occasions.
Not only those, Hyde, Jekyll, Me, a 2015 Korean drama, and Running Man, a popular variety show, also filmed at this place.
The night view is also enthralling but, too chilly during cold seasons.
Gondola Riding Place:
In conclusion, I would recommend this place to people who just love nature and sightseeing and to amateur and professional photographers ’cause every corner of Herb Island offers a great picturesque landscape.
Address: 35, Cheongsin-ro 947beon-gil, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Operating Hours: Daily 10:00am to 10:00pm
Regular : KRW 6,000
PWD, Children and Senior Citizens : KRW 4,000
How To Go There:
- Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Line 1) – 38km (58min) → Uijeongbu Station – 21km (48min) → Dongducheon Station – 16km (28min). Get off at Mt. Soyosan or Dongducheon Station. Then take Herb Island bus No. 57 or No. 57-1 bus from the bus stop across the street.
- Seoul Station – 38km (58min) → Uijeongbu Station – 23km (47min) → Pocheon Bus Terminal – 14km (24min) → Get off at Daejin University when you take bus 3001 or 3002. Then take the bus to Herb Island (No. 57 or No. 61) from the bus stop across from Daejin University.
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