Pocheon, South Korea —
Another surprise road trip my hubby gave me was a trip to Pocheon Art Valley one sunny Thursday afternoon in autumn. We had been always planning to visit that place for quite some time, but continuously postpone the plan due to hectic schedules.
Upon arriving at our destination, it was no surprise that it wasn’t crowded. It may not be one of the top tourist attractions, but this quiet, out of the bustling city type of travel is what we prefer more.
Here’s a short introduction by yokorea.com of what Pocheon Art Valley is about:
“The Art Valley in Pocheon is established in what used to be a granite quarry. The quarry was operated from the later part of the 1960s up until the mid 1990s. After production was closed, the quarry had been left unattended with the surrounding environment destroyed until it was rebuilt into a cultural and art space. There are exhibition rooms, cafe, outdoor performance stage, walking paths, and a monorail. The Cheonjuho Lake was formed from a pool dug to excavate granite that was filled with rain and spring water. The deepest part of the lake is 20 meters.” [SOURCE]
The steep route going to the quarry doesn’t allow private cars to enter. So, we opted to take the monorail instead.
When we reached the top, we headed first to the science museum. It was enthralling and reminded me of my elementary days when we had the chance to enter a planetarium.
Then, we got to where the quarry and Cheonjuho lake are located. It was immense and offered a spectacular view just like how storybooks describe nature’s beauty.
The quarry was also one of the filming sites of The Legend of the Blue Sea starring Lee Min Ho.
While we were going up to sky park, I noticed this cairns (photo below). The last time I’ve seen one was in Nami Island.
When we got to the top of the sky park, the view was amazing.
We also spotted an igloo made out of white, empty makgeoli plastic bottles and an asymmetrical building structure at the foot of the other side of the hill. We, then, went down a narrow, spiral staircase and headed to that strange architecture without knowing it was a cheese cafe. So, we ordered some yogurt and cheese. We were so impressed with the cheese and brought home some.
We looked around some more until we’ve seen every corner of the valley. Although the trip was quite short, I felt very invigorated after that. Maybe because every where I visited in Korea is neither overrated nor crowded. But, Pocheon Art Valley is like an abditory and it presented me the serenity that I have been looking for all along.
Address: 234, Artvalley-ro, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Operating Hours: Daily 9:00 to 21:00 (Winter); 9:00 to 22:00 (Summer)
- Entrance — ₩3,000 (Adult), ₩1,000 (Children), FREE (Seniors and PWD)
- Monorail — Adult: ₩4,500 (roundtrip) ₩3,500 (one-way), Children: ₩2,500 (roundtrip) ₩1,800 (one-way)
Direction [Bus]: From Pocheon Bus Terminal (포천터미널), take the local Bus 67 or 67-1 to Pochen Art Valley.