We did a quick three hours stop at Pocheon Herb Island 허브아일랜드 when we were in Pocheon area. This is an interesting theme park on a mid-size land area, housing a good variety of activities. Strangely, it somehow reminds me of Petite France, another park in Korea. For those who are not into photo taking and dwelling on pretty flowery and herb things, you probably will finish the park within an hour or two. For those who love photography and things related to Mediterranean herbs and plants, you can probably spend a full day here going through the museum and activies. There are also areas for children like the zoo, rides, cartoon characters, etc to have good family time.

Pocheon Herb Island
Entrance Signboard

 

Herbs Museum

The Herbs Museum, strangely enough is found in the Venice Village. I am not a herbal botanist enthusiast so the seven exhibition halls of information dated from BC5000 do not appeal to me. The museum does cater for more non-herbal persons interest like exhibiting handicrafts made from herbs that can be used in our everyday lives. There are also hands on activies like making your own herb candles and soaps! As for me, I simply love the interior design of the museum and was happily taking tons of photos.

Pocheon Herb Island
The Herb Museum from the outside, located in the Venice area.
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Pretty interior of the Herb Museum takes the museum seriousness away and we end up happily snapping away.

 

Street to the Past

I enjoyed this street the most. Perhaps I am a more nostalgic person. Travelling back in time to the 1970s and 1980s of Korea was a fun experience. Besides the small huts that have interiors decorated to reflected the lifestyle of those days, with classroom, photo studio, medicine shop and kitchen, we got to try out some of the activies from the 70s and 80s.

Pocheon Herb Island
View of Street from the Past from the entrance

There were about 5-6 gas fire stations like the ones below outside an old grocery shop. We saw many grannies sitting by the fire BBQ-ing strips of things that we could not identify. I could see sparkles in their eyes as they do this. Curiousity got the best out of us. We went into the grocery shop, which proved to be my favourite among the row of huts.

Pocheon Herb Island
Grilling traditional snacks over the fire!

This old grocery shop sells all the nick nacks of the 70s and 80s. We found paper dolls, those which you can change their clothes by folding a small tab on the shoulders of the dresses, and loads of old style candies and snacks. Those strips on the BBQ pit were from here. We found out that there were fish, sweet potato and other flavoured strips. We bought some and went to the BBQ pits. No charge for the use of the pits. It was not easy to not burn the strips and we threw quite a bit of charred pieces away. Not exactly tasty but it was a fun experience.

Pocheon Herb Island
The grocery shop that sells all sorts of snacks, sweets and small toys!

Herbs Gukbap

At the end of this old street, there is a traditional restuarant dishing out amazing kimchi pancakes. They also serve Korean beef soup with rice and makgeolli but we were not ready to eat a full meal. The interior design mimics that of the old traditional rice and soup restuarants in the street. I must say this cripsy crust kimchi pancake is one of the best I have had in Korea so far. It is thin but the texture of the pancake inside the crisp exterior has the right consistency, not too soft or hard, with just a tad bit of chewiness. I am so glad we tried this. The kimchi and sides were really yummy too. Kudos to the ladies who prepared all these.

Pocheon Herb Island
Cripsy Kimchi Pancake
Pocheon Herb Island
The experienced chef making kimchi pancake and makgeolli at the same time.

 

Herbs Bakery

It is hard to miss this bakery. Once we were near, we could smell fresh bread baking in the oven. A must try item will be their herbs and garlic bread stick. It is toasted till it is crisp even in the inside of the soft white bread. We bought other breads as it is unresistable, which we ate one on our journey back to Seoul city.

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Pretty Exterior of the Bakery
Pocheon Herb Island
The bread makes me salivate and I would love to buy everything home if I can finish them all. 🙂

 

Perfume Shop

We wandered around the park without a plan and we wandered into the Perfume shop. The staff at the entrance requested for me to bring up my hair from the back of my neck and he dabbed a little of aromotherapy oil and I was perked immediately! Talk about in-store experience. We were then ushered to a counter to pick up a glass of Herbisland special blend of tea. I felt refreshed after the cup of tea to conquer this store. Rows of flowers and scents in the store overwhelmed me with beauty, with products like tea, essential oils, air fresheners, potpourri, soaps and candles. A good place to buy some gifts.

Pocheon Herb Island
Perfume Shop Level 1 with Herbisland tea
Pocheon Herb Island
Perfume Shop Interior Level 1
There is a lot more that we did not explore in Herb Island but I believe we covered the spots that were interesting to us. A worthwhile stop. =)

Information about Herb Island

Address: South Korea, Gyeonggi-do, Pocheon-si, Sinbuk-myeon, 청신로 947번길 35
Opening Hours: 9am-10pm (Some days till 11pm. Check the website for specific details.)
Getting to Herb Island:
There are shuttle tour bus packages that departs from Seoul Station that costs KRW13,5000 which also includes admission which is a reasonable deal. For more information about getting to Herb Island, you can go to the link below.

 

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