Seoul day trip

Day Trippin': Pocheon's Herb Island

I had been meaning to make it out to Herb Island for quite some time.  The photographs intrigued me.  The images I came across on the internet portrayed the theme park (which, confusingly, is not an island at all) to be the home of enchanting guesthouses, colorful gardens, charming decor and beautiful mountain scenery, seemingly emulated from the pages of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

I finally got around to making the trek out Pocheon, a city located about an hour northwest of Seoul, last autumn.  Immediately upon my arrival to the park, I felt a sense of eeriness come over me.  Perhaps it was the sight of the armed soldiers and military vehicles on the bus ride over- Pocheon is just a few miles from the North Korean border- or the creepy music box-like melodies looping over the loudspeakers or the sheer lack of people.  I refused to turn around after an almost two hour trip, however, and ventured further into the park.

Day Trippin': Nami Island

I love living in a city. I've even gotten to the point where I don't think I'd be able to survive not living in a city. I have to admit, however, that sometimes it's nice to get away from the neon and concrete, if only for a day. One of the great things about Seoul is that there are a variety of places nearby that allow residents and visitors to escape the city and explore the softer side of Korea.

One of the best day trips to take, so long as the weather permits, is to Nami Island. Situated in Chuncheon, 60km east of Seoul, Namiseom is a small oasis of culture and tranquility (when it's not packed with people).

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