My sister Alisha had just arrived in Daegu–her new home–a few days earlier. As I was preparing to go visit her, I racked my brain trying to think of the perfect ‘first weekend activity’ for her. Foods were easy: samgyeopsal, haejangguk, food from a gimbap shop. An actual activity, however, was tricky. Then, it came to me. Herb Hillz (허브 힐즈).
Herb Hillz has many attractions: a garden, a petting zoo, cooking classes, romantic walks up the mountainside, and eco-adventures. I was most interested in the eco-adventures–specifically, the ropes course. I’d never been, but have heard rave reviews from my friends. I checked with Alisha and she was all for it. Mission: accepted.
Herb Hillz is just outside of Daegu, easily reached by bus. I found some great directions, which I will post below. We made it to the park easily enough, and headed straight to the eco-adventure. Safety orientation for our chosen activity didn’t start for nearly an hour, so we took the chance to walk around a bit. First, we checked out the garden.
The garden was small, but beautiful. A variety of flowers provided brilliant splashes of color, the air was thickly laden with the smell of vegetation.
As is common in many places here, there were a slew of cutesy little photo opportunities for the enthused park-goer.
Next, we headed to the tiny little zoo. There weren’t many animals, but most of the ones on display were pretty lethargic…
…except for this little guy.
Finally, it was time for the ropes course. We sat through a brief safety demonstration, did a practice run at ground level (during which Alisha nearly pancaked me into the tree because she didn’t wait until I’d unhooked to start zip-lining), and were on our way!
Heights are my biggest fear. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember. Still, I love doing things to face that fear–whether its skydiving, rock climbing, or doing a ropes course. Soon, the fear diminished to a manageable level and the frenetic spazzing out of my limbs subsided.
The ropes course was AWESOME. There were rope nets between tree tops, rope ladders to walk across, zip-lines to fly along…
…even a snowboard. That’s right, a freaking snowboard.
The course took almost an hour to complete. When it was finished, we were exhausted. An hour straight of adrenaline-fueled activities really took its toll! Before we left, we took some time to meander through some other beautiful spots in the park.
If you’re in the Daegu area, I’d absolutely recommend checking out Herb Hillz. The variety of activities make for an exciting day and, at around 20,000 won per person (including the eco-adventure), it’s totally worth the price of admission.
Take the green subway line to the Daegu Bank stop. Head to Exit 2. Go straight out and you’ll see a Paris Baguette with a bus stop in front of it. Take the red express bus 2. The bus ride is around 20 minutes long. Keep an eye on the Hanguel stop names, as the English one for Herb Hillz doesn’t actually say ‘Herb Hillz’. Look for ‘허브 힐즈’. From the bus stop, you’ll have to hoof it a little further down the highway, look for signs indicating the entrance. Have fun!