Embracing the Autumn Gust - Day Trip to Pocheon Art Valley and Herb Island

October marks the true start of autumn season, with the landscape silently exploding with vibrant colours of red, yellow, and orange. Before the leaves begin to drop off the trees, the temperatures begin to drop further or the nights getting even longer, how about an escapade to nearby Seoul to Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do? :)

Let us begin with Pocheon Art Valley, a former old stone quarry.  This quarry was abandoned back in the mid 1990s until October 2009 when the Art Valley opened to the public transformed after it is transformed into a beautiful art park with various artistic sculptures, a performance stage, and of course the crystal clear lake in the center of the pit with enormous cliffs that drop off into the lake.

One of the main highlights of Pocheon Art Valley

Admission Ticket into Pocheon Art Valley (5,000 won per adult)

From the parking lot you have two options to get to the main park.  Either by taking the monorail or simply walk up the hill.  The hill is a little steep but it is still good enough to hike and it takes about 10-15 minutes to get to the top, depending on one's walking speed. Once you arrive at the top of the hill, you may choose to enter either the space astronomical science museum that comprises an exhibition hall for space, and cutting edge 4D video room, or an astronomical observation room that offers constellation reading or  walk to the quarry pit which is filled with crystal clear water.

Go down and climb another hill to see the wishing papers written by visitors, as well as, getting another panoramic view of the park. From the rear side near the wishing garden, you will have to go down down two sets of spiral staircases. It is fun but might be scary for the acrophobias.

Of course, you can't miss having a short break over a cup of ice/warm drink at such a cozy little cafe!

Visited by over 300,000 people each year, Pocheon Art Valley is the perfect place for family excursions thanks to its splendid natural scenery and excellent facilities! You may also find more information here.
[Korean] 경기도 포천시 신북면 아트밸리로 234 
[English] 234, Artvalley-ro, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

Opening Hours: weekdays :10.00am-18.00pm until 10.00pm in weekends     
Admission Fee: Adult 5,000 won  / Children or Seniors 1,500 won

The next most famous attraction in Pocheon is none other than the Herb Island. Situated near the Art Valle, the Pocheon Herb Island is almost like a fairytale dreamland with European-style buildings and colorful flowers that provides a very exotic appearance.

Admission Ticket for Pocheon Herb Island (4,000 won per adult)

Immediately when you reach at the Venetian island, various herb scents welcomes you. This is a great place to take all sorts of pictures. 

Even the toilet is so prettily/exotically decorated!
Colorful decorations fill the Herb Island!
Herb Island as a filming location for many Korean variety/dramas
There were many shops here and most of the products are made using herbs from soap, candle, tea, lotion, perfume and even freshly baked bread/cookies from a bakery.  You may also find more information here.
[Korean] 경기도 포천시 신북면 청신로 947번길 35
[English] 35, Cheongsin-ro 947beon-gil, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Admission: Adult 6,000 won /  Children or Seniors 4,000 won 
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10:00AM - 22:00PM (Open till 23:00PM on Weekends)          


This article is adapted and extracted from one of our GG Supporters, Nita Limanjaya.
For the full post, please check out her post here.

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