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.
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.