Herb Hillz dazzles the young and the old in Daegu

by Lee, Jong-Woo, USAG Daegu Public Affairs
U.S. Army

Sly and the Family Stone may not have been thinking of Daegu when they produced the hit song, “Hot Fun in the Summer time,” but the fact remains this bustling city is notorious for its high humidity and sweltering temperatures. So, when the heat becomes too much to bear, it’s understandable why so many people look for a cool place to spend a day trip. That’s just one of the many reasons a place like Herb Hillz is so popular. First established in 1976, Herb Hillz has continued to improve its services, and always with its customers and Mother Nature in mind. In 2005, the sprawling ecological landscape was re-introduced as an eco theme park and given the name Herb Hillz.

Located in the suburbs of Daegu, the park is easy to access, and using public transportation is ideal. Less than 30 minutes away from Camp Henry, a taxi will cost close to 8,000 Won. For those wishing to use the bus, bus numbers 449, 452, 704, Rapid Bus 2, and Gachang 2 will get you to your destination in record time.  Less time traveling means more time to get out and stroll through the Hillz. Upon entering the park, the visitor immediately finds himself lost in the beauty of the pine trees that line the alley in Phytoncide Square.  The really fun thing is that the entrance is somewhat like a big tease as it only prepares the visitor for the amazing scenery and naturally thriving, colorful environment. Depending on their interests, an individual can commence walking through Herb Valley, traversing Metasequoia Road, or strolling down Red Leaf Street.
                    
For anyone looking for a better way to spend time away from the barracks, as well as the hustle and bustle of city life, then an escape to the quiet of Herb Hillz is ideal. Dwarfed by the awesome tall trees, the focus on the abundance of rudbeckia, cherry sage, and Kerria Japonica flowers seem even more pronounced. Throw in the colorful pavilion, the miniature waterfall, and the tiny Mediterranean blue bird houses, and there arises the overwhelming feeling of being in a fairytale world. The breathtaking experience can also be enjoyed with a cup of herb tea at “Monmarjon,” an open-air café located adjacent to the garden.

As if the beauty of the flowers and the autumn-colored trees aren’t enough, Herb Hillz manages to further enhance the visitor’s experience by directing them to an area called “Noah’s Ark.” There, both young and old alike can observe sheep, rabbits, goats, chickens, monkeys, and guinea pigs wandering about as though they didn’t have a care in the world. Just a few meters away from the ark, a huge indoor theater was the place to be for those interested in discovering the amazing talents of a sea-lion, a mocking bird, and the unforgettable entrance of all the animals crossing the stage two-by-two.

As a variety theme park, Herb Hillz also provides a chance to participate in leisure sports. Inside the Eco Adventure Zone, one can explore the forest by climbing a wooden ladder to attach themselves to a rope as they then use the zip wire to slide across the nature site. Sounds of people wailing can be heard even in the distance. It’s all a part of the fun.                                                                                                                                                   
While it’ clear that good walking shoes are a must, add to the experience dining at one of the many eating facilities on the grounds when you’re ready for a meal. The eco-friendly Restaurant Herbne offers special, healthy menus that include Herb Makgeolli, Herb and Rosemary Bibimbap, and Herb Crab Salad.   The food is a must try for anyone seeking to experience the fullness of Herb Hillz, and the cozy eating place has a terrace that makes the meal even more enjoyable under the blue sky surrounded by nature.

Anyone interested in visiting Herb Hillz can find out more by visiting their official website at http://www.herbhillz.com/.

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