2017년 6월 4일 일요일

Pocheon - Herb Island





Located in Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do and established in 1998, Herb Island is a tourist attraction that focuses on growing Mediterranean herbs. Additional attractions include the crafting experience, herb museum, aroma therapy center, herb restaurant, herbs beef ribs, herb bakery, herbs-related souvenir shop and more.
Various events and festivals take place every month and visitors are welcomed to watch cultural performances held at Venice Village performance stage every weekend for free.







1. Transportation
A. Shuttle Bus (Doore Bus) Tour Package
    Saturday, Sunday, and National Holiday: 9:30am at exit 9 of City Hall Station of Line 2 and return at 5:00pm from Herb Island (Morning departure)
    Saturday: 3:00pm at exit 9 of City Hall Station of Line 2 and return at 9:30pm from Herb Island (Afternoon departure)
    Price: KRW13,500 (including bus fare)


B. Public Transportation
    Soyosan Mt. Station of subway Line 1 -> Bus no. 57 or 57-1 at the bus stop across the street
    7:50 am and every 1 hour to Herb Island at the station, last bus at 7:50 pm
    6:30 am and every 1 hour to the station from Herb Island, last bus at 7:25 pm

2. The herbs and plants museum
    It is the largest indoor herb garden in the world and you can see 340 types of herbs.



 3. Santa’s Village
     Santa's Village, located deep in the mountain surrounded by the forest of nut pines full of phytoncide, is the healing place where you can enjoy the atmosphere of Christmas all year long.







4. Mini Zoo
    Mini Zoo is an open natural learning space that helps children cultivate their sensibilities and appreciate animals and nature.




5. Herbs Museum
   The Herbs Museum is where you can watch, feel and experience herbs from the Mediterranean area which have been consumed as food, drink and medicine since BC 5000.


6. Flower & Waterfall Garden
    You can find various herb flowers from the flower garden with herbs from nature. And, the waterfall garden with a stream of water is decorated as the place where you can enjoy resting comfortably with the sound of water.






7. Street to the Past 
    The streets shown from the 1970s to 1980s are reproduced with small alleys including a photo studio, old classroom, herbal medicine shop, Oki store, coffee shop and comic book rental store.




8. Secret France Pension
    Secret France was opened following the styling’s of a small French town and expressed the secret inner side of prominent figures and items from France through Herb Island's own unique style.



9. Lightning & Illumination Festival
    Herb Island Lighting & Illumination Festival features a romantic ambience created by splendid lightnings. It is comprised of a pink wish tunnel, sparkling buildings, Santa Village, photo zone and other twinkling places for visitors to enjoy.







2017년 5월 9일 화요일

Seoul - Hongdae Area

The Hongdae is a region near Hongik University (Hongdae, an abbreviation of Hongik University in Korean). It is known for its youthful and romantic ambience, underground culture, and freedom of self-expression. Unique cafes, cozy galleries, accessory stores, fashion shops, live cafes and clubs, art markets, and gourmet eateries make this a popular hang-out for local youth and a fascinating place to walk around.







Pedestrian Friendly Street
Main spot of Hongdae area has an outdoor stage for indie band performance and dynamic culture of young people.





Buskers perform on the Pedestrian Friendly Street.









Hongdae Mural Street
Mural street stretching from Kanemaya restaurant by the back gate of Hongik University to Four Seasons House (Wausan-go 22-gil) and featuring various arrangements of painting from graffiti to artistic design. It is also referred to as ‘Picasso’s Street’ and is famous as a dating spot.









Hongdae Free Market
The market is held every Saturday from March to November at Hongik Children’s Park in front of the main gate of Hongik University. All people can sign up to sell their hand-made products and other exhibitions created by artists will be shown. (Now this market is renewing thus it will reopen on June).





Nanta

Since the first performance on the 10th of October in 1997, this world famous Nanta has been drawing the largest number of audience in Korean stage history. Knives and other kitchen utensils are transformed into musical instruments of the performers.

* Time: Mon~Fri 20:00, Sat.Sun & Holiday 14:00/17:00
* Price: S KRW50,000  A KRW40,000





Trick Eye Museum
The Trickeye Museum is an art gallery with paintings created using 'trompe l'oeil' techniques that give each 2D art piece the illusion of being in 3D. Instead of merely viewing paintings (as in a typical art gallery) visitors can interact with the paintings, posing themselves just right so that they look as if they are part of the original work. To ensure that even its busiest patrons have time to enjoy the fun, the museum stays open each day until 9PM, making it a popular date and hang-out place.
* Tour course: Trickeye Museum – Ice Museum - Carnival Street
* Price: Adults 15,000 won / Children & Youth with Student ID card (age 18 and under) 12,000 won

Gyeongui Line Forest Park
Gyeongui Line Forest Park is located near exit 3 of Hongik Univ. subway station. It is made after Gyeongui Line is opened underground. Still there is a railroad remained and some trees and benches make this park pretty one decorated with railroad theme.






Others
- Flea Market


- B-Boy Theater


- Segyodong Cathedral