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Herb Island Herb Healing Center

Herb Island Herb Healing Center
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In ancient Greece, grass was called “herba.” In the 4th century BC, fragrant medical plants were called “herbs.” That's how today's herbs got their name. They are used as cooking ingredients, in cosmetics, as medicine and for fabrics. In order to get a closer look at herbs and the many different ways they are used, one can visit the 430,000㎡ “Herb Island.” From the entrance, the place resembles an amusement park with fairy tale-like sculptures, buildings and a herb garden.

At the Herb Healing Center on Herb Island, visitors can experience the various effects of herbs firsthand. Major facilities include the healing center and herb experience room, a seminar room, an accommodation and a restaurant. Visitors can participate in making herb candles and soap and purchase cosmetic products, aroma oils, scented candles and herbal health products. For people who would like to try a simple herb therapy, we recommend the “Aroma Foot Bath.” When you put your feet in the hot water, aroma oil and salt are added to the mix. A foot bath alone will put you in a better mood as if your whole body relaxed. The herbal tea that is served with the foot bath will stabilize any leftover tension. A blend of 14 herbs go into the tea that will loosen you up and help your blood circulation by releasing toxins. The foot bath is a great opportunity to treat tense muscles in other parts of the body with herbal heat packs.

Healing time with herb detox

Eating healthy and releasing toxins in a “detox” health care method has been gaining more and more popularity lately. Detox has become a concern for people who are suffering from irregular eating habits, stress and overwork. The Herb Healing Center uses herbs in their four detox programs “Gonggi (air),” “Baram (wind),” “Namu (tree)” and “Mul (water).” First, a consultation with a therapist over a cup of herbal tea will determine the herbs that match your physical constitution. The programs include color therapy. The rooms are color-themed to match different symptoms.

For example, red helps the blood circulation, orange burns toxins, purple is a soothing tone, and yellow calms down digestion. The first thing to do in the color therapy is to dive into a “Herbal Bath” and soak for 30 minutes (Photo 1). Fresh herbs emit herb essences that smell nice and help the body to relax. Natural aroma oils and moisturizers help to remove skin waste and relieve muscle and joint pain. After the bath, you enter another room and experience a detox therapy using herbs and dry grass (Photo 2). A wooden tub is filled with fresh herbs and grass. As soon as you lie down your whole body starts absorbing the scent and energy of the herbs. Absorbed into the body, the fragrances decompose toxins and boost your immune system. Towards the end, the therapist will use aroma oils and massage your whole body (Photo 3). Tense muscles relax freely and the herbal oils aid your blood circulation.

A night full of herbal scents

If you want to experience Herb Island even further, you might want to spend a night there. The “Mediterranean Fairy Tale Nights Pension” offers herbal fragrance bed sheets, herbal baths, aroma oils and teas in every room. The special interiors will remind you of scenes from fairy tales like Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and Princess Mermaid and promise an unforgettable experience.

INFORMATION

  • +82-1644-1997
  • 10:00~21:00
  • Reservations are mandatory
  • Gonggi Healing Program: weekdays 100,000 won, weekends 120,000 won, Baram Healing Progam: weekdays 120,000 won, weekends 144,000 won, Mul Healing Program: weekdays 160,000 won, weekends 192,000 won

The above information is valid as of Dec. 31, 2017

 

Learn about nature while you play in the Amazing Park and Haneurare Healing Forest, and use all five senses to feel everything about herbs. The next day, enjoy a traditional Korean confectionery-making experience and stroll along the serene lake.

[Day 1] Incheon International Airport 72 km, approximately 2 hr by airport bus Dong Seoul Terminal 73 km, 2 hr and 30 min by bus Amazing Park and Haneurare Healing Forest 7 km, 30 min by bus 25 Must-Go Wellness Spots Herb Island Herb Healing Center 14 km, 45 min by bus + 9 min by foot

[Day 2] Pocheon Art Valley 26 km, 1hr and 10 min by bus Hangaone 4.4 km, 20 min by bus Sanjeong Lake

Science Playground Surrounded by Nature
Amazing Park and Haneurare Healing Forest

At Amazing Park, you can learn about science while playing surrounded by nature. The facility consists of the Science Zone, a science-themed playground; the Nature Zone, an area where you can have a zip line and a 130-m suspension bridge experience; and the Relax Zone where you can enjoy food and drinks. Haneurare Healing Forest, located on the opposite side, has a forest wind bath, a foot bath, and foot washing facilities.   Amazing Park 860, Tapsin-ro, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-532-1881 / Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Weekends: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (December–March: closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) / Amazing Park Package (Science Hall and 9 zones): Adults: KRW 13,000; Teenagers: KRW 10,000 / www.amazingpark.co.kr
Haneurare Healing Forest San 39, Geumdong-ri, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-538-3340, 3337 / 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (closed on Mondays) / Adults: KRW 2,000; Teenagers and soldiers: KRW 1,000; Children: KRW 600 / blog.naver.com/dirthr1217

Restore Your Health through Detox
Herb Island Herb Healing Center

Herb Island Herb Healing Center is an herb experience zone that spans an area of around 430,000 m2 with fairytale-like sculptures and herb gardens that attract your attention. Take a look around the herb plant museum, flower garden, and waterfall garden. Or, try your hand at making soaps or candles using herbs. Various outdoor activities are also available such as the herb trail walk and gondola experience. Among the activities on offer, don’t miss the healing program provided by the Herb Healing Center! The center is in the European building located in the center of Herb Island, which is composed of different therapy zones including Green Therapy and Tea Therapy. The center operates special herb programs that help stimulate the five senses and relax the body using dried herbs, herbal water, scents, colors, and music. Drinking herb tea, a tactile experience that uses herb oils, and a basalt massage will help relieve your fatigue. There is a package program available. The basic herb detox program has four themes: air, wind, tree, and water. After a consultation, you will be given a cup of tea that matches your physical constitution. Then, you will receive different therapies depending on the theme, which include a bath with herbal essence and aroma oils, a ceramic detox where you relax while lying down on dried herbs, a sound therapy, and a tactile experience using herb oils. The VIP herb detox program, which makes you feel herb oils with your entire body, is available in the themes of sky, stone, and herb healing. If you want to enjoy herbal scents a little longer, you can also sleep overnight at the herb healing experience zone. Each room has one to three whirlpool bathtubs with herbal and aromatic bath products provided.

 

35, Cheongsin-ro 947beon-gil, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / Herb Island +82-31-535-6494, Herb Healing Center and Accommodation +82-1644-1997 / May–October: Weekdays and Sundays: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Saturdays and holidays: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; November–April: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. / Adults: KRW 6,000; Children, middle school students, persons with disability, and seniors over the age of 65: KRW 4,000 / www.herbhealingcenter.co.kr

From Quarry to Culture and Arts Complex
Pocheon Art Valley

This former quarry was transformed into a culture and arts space. Visitors can use the monorail to climb the hill and go all the way up to the Astronomical Science Museum. You can also use the Art Valley ticket to enter the museum.   Bundang Jeongja-dong Café Street 282, Giji-ri, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-538-3485 / Tuesday–Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (November–February: closed 1 hr early); Mondays: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. / Art Valley: Adults: KRW 5,000; Teenagers and soldiers: KRW 3,000; Children: KRW 1,500 / artvalley.pocheon.go.kr

Traditional Korean Sweets Making
Hangaone (Hangwa Cultural Museum)

At Hangaone, experience various traditional Korean sweets such as yugwa (deep-fried sweet rice cake) and yakgwa (traditional honey cookie). With various educational tools on display, you can simultaneously play with and learn about hangwa (traditional Korean sweets). Here, you can also have a taste of traditional Korean sweets and teas. A hands-on program on hwangwa packaging is also available for reservation.   282, Giji-ri, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-538-3485 / Tuesday–Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (November–February: closed 1 hr early); Mondays: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. / Art Valley: Adults: KRW 5,000; Teenagers and soldiers: KRW 3,000; Children: KRW 1,500 / artvalley.pocheon.go.kr

Play Hard, Walk Lightly
Sanjeong Lake

Sanjeong, which means “a lake as clear as a mountain well,” is surrounded by mountains and offers visitors picturesque views. From spring to autumn, visitors can enjoy water-skiing, while the sled park is opened every winter. In addition to the 3.2-km stretch of trail along the lake, there are also various cultural facilities in the area such as the Pyunggang Botanical Garden, which houses rare and endangered plants, as well as a Hangwa Cultural Museum run by a traditional Korean sweets master.

 

89, Sanjeonghosu-ro 411beon-gil, Yeongbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / Pocheon Tourist Information Center: +82-31-538-2472 / Sanjeonghosu Village Community: +82-31-532-6135 / Adults: KRW 3,000 / www.sjlake.co.kr

TIP icon Travel Tips

How to Rent a Car in Korea

Multiple car rental companies are available at the Incheon International Airport. To rent a car, you need an international driver’s license (valid for one year from the date of issuance), your passport, and your driver’s license from your own country. Only credit card payment is accepted as there are cases when foreigners who are unfamiliar with the road conditions in Korea unknowingly fail to pay toll fees on expressways or violate traffic regulations and the rental car company has to pay for them afterward.

bag icon Recommended Wellness Tours

Explore History and Culture with Nature
Herb Island Herb Healing Center → 26 km → Bidulginang Falls → 3.5 km → Gyodong Jangdokdae Village

· Bidulginang Falls 415-2, Daehoesan-ri, Yeongbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-538-2106 · Gyodong Jangdokdae Village 21, Gyodong 1-gil, Gwanin-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-534-5211 / www.교동장독대마을.com

Explore History and Culture with Nature
Herb Island Herb Healing Center → 35.7 km → Africa Museum of Original Art → 5.7 km → Korea National Arboretum → 640 m → Gwangneung Royal Tombs

· Africa Museum of Original Art 967, Gwangneungsumogwon-ro, Soheul-eup, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-543-3600 / www.amoa8332.modoo.at/ · Korea National Arboretum 415, Gwangneungsumogwon-ro, Soheul-eup, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-540-2000 / www.kna.go.kr · Gwangneung Royal Tombs 354, Gwangneungsumogwon-ro, Jinjeop-eup, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-527-7105

Recommended Restaurants

· Jangsuchon : Korean set menu with soft tofu stew and steamed barley and rice / 361, Hadong-ro, Hwahyeon-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-533-9207

· Herb Galbi : grilled ribs with herb / 35, Cheongsin-ro 947beon-gil, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-535-6489

· Gwangneung Bulgogi : charcoal-grilled meat / 198, Jugyeopsan-ro, Soheul-eup, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-544-9098

 

Recommended Accommodations

· Baekgung Pension : 17, Cheongsin-ro 1059beon-gil, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-536-4242

· Pocheon Tivoli Ville : 88-11, Geumgang-ro 2110beon-gil, Naechon-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-534-0123

· Hotel Roseto : 632, Millak-ro, Soheul-eup, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do / +82-31-541-2900