Embracing the Autumn Gust - Day Trip to Pocheon Art Valley and Herb Island 포천 아트밸리 허브 아일랜드 당일치기

September marked the starting of autumn seasons, the landscape silently explodes with vibrant colours of red, yellow, and orange. The leaves begin to drop off the trees, provides picturesque images, before the temperatures bein to drop, nights get longer and all the crittees storing up for the long winter, why not having an escapade? 

Few weeks ago we went to Pocheon, It’s located about an hour and a half from Seoul This little town had Pocheon Art Valley and Herb Island as their mostly visited place.  

Transportation :
From Uijeongbu Station at line 1 exit 6 take bus number 137, or 138 until Gichi-2ri Sinbokmyeon Samusu Station (기치2 신복면 사무소)  from here you can choose either take bus number 87-1 or 87-2, walking arounds 20minutes or using taxi for around 5000 won.

From art valley to herb island, from Gichi-2ri Sinbokmyeon Samusu Station (기치2 신복면 사무소)  take bus number 61 to Samjeong-2ri (삼정2)and walk for 10 minutes to herb island.


Pocheon Art Valley포천아트밸리

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

From the parking lot you have two options to get to the main park.  Using the monorail or just walk up the hill.  The hill is a little steep but it’s still good enough to hike it will takes about 15 - 10 minutes to the top.  Once at the top of the hill you choose either enter the space astronomical science museum which comprise the exhibition hall for space, cutting edge 4D video room, and astronomical observation room that offers constellation reading or  walk to the quarry pit which is filled with crystal clear water.

Stepping down and climb another hill to see the wishing papers and another panoramic view of the park. From the back side near the wishing garden to go down you must overcome the two spiral staircases it’s fun but it’s kind of terrible for the acrophobias

when you reach at the bottom theres cafe which serve milk, yogurt and cheese. we didnt try it at that time because it almost 1 o'clock and we want lunch rather than bingsu or milk >.<

Address: 234, Artvalley-ro, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
   경기도 포천시 신북면 아트밸리로 234 (신북면)
Admission: adult 5000; childrens, seniors, disabled person 1500
Operational hours: weekdays :10.00am-18.00pm until 10.00pm in weekends                 

Ssambab Restaurant 내가 키운 쌈밥
From art valley we walked around 5 minutes to this restaurant, we actually realize about it when we were on our way to art valley. From the local's information this is the only the nearest resto other than the korean resto at the art valley. Ssam means wrap and bab means rice so it literally means wrapped rice. You can eat it with lettuce and another leafy things with meat and of course ssamjang or fermented soybean based paste. They only serve one ssambab here, its 10.000 for one person for unlimited sidedish and green leaf

Address: Artvalleyro-200, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
              경기도 포천시 신북면 아트밸리 200

Herb Island 허브아일랜드

The friendly worker will greeted as soon as you see the hill on the way to the herb island, here is where you need to pay the entrance ticket. Immediately when you reach at the venezian island various herb scents will welcomes you. This is a great place to take all sorts of pictures. There were a lot of shops here and most of the products are made using herbs from soap, candle, tea, lotion, parfume even bread and cookies too.

Herb island also has a library, aromatherapy room, the biggest herbal museum in korea with more than 340 kinds of herbs, and formal restaurant too. Make sure you have enough time to explore the whole site here.
You can also check their site for various activities like soap, cosmetics, making phone case,or  wine.

Address: 35, Cheongsin-ro 947beon-gil, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
                   경기도 포천시 신북면 청신로 947번길 35
Admission: adult 6000; childrens, seniors, disabled person 4000, click here for disc coupons until 2017
Operational hours: weekdays :10.00am-10.00pm until 11.00pm in weekends          

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  1. Hi, what is the bus frequency interval of bus 137 or 138 and how much is the travel time from uijeonbu terminal to gichi-2ri and gichi-2ri to art valley?

    1. Hi michelle,
      From euijeongbu to gichi2ri is around 1hours 20mins but when i went there it takes me less than 1 hour though..
      And the bus interval for 138 and 137 is every 10 minutes. Hope it helps

  2. Hi! How did you get from Art Valley to Herb Island? What buses did you take?

    1. I went there for a few times, so i have tried by private car, bus, and taxi. The most affordable one is by bus but the waiting time is lil bit long. I have explained how to go there by bus method in the post ^^

  3. Can you give an overall breakup of the cost? Like..transportation, food, entrance fee etc? I'm thinking of avoiding Trazy as they they'll obviously charge extra.

  4. hi there
    transportation cost will be depends on which station you will be departing, and what kind of transportation you take, plus 5000won admission fee. if you take subway and bus to go there it may cost you around 10000 won only for the round trip.

    But if you don't speak or read Korean i think trazy will be more convenient because they also go to several area not only to pocheon art valley.

  5. Hello, thank you for all the precious information! Did you manage to have your meal in any galbi restaurant? I understand that Pocheon is famous for their galbi, but Idong galbi seems to be a bit out of the way. As such, is there any galbi restaurants between herb island and the valley?

  6. hi caleb...
    hmm nope i didnt went to the idong galbi village at that time because its the way too far from both of those destination. Actually you can get your galbi during ur trip to suwon, compared to pocheon, suwon galbi is the way better.

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