Less than two hours from Seoul, you can see fantastic rock cliffs over a beautiful green lake. These overwhelmingly steep cliffs may make you feel as though you are in Gangwon Province, but these magnificent rock walls are located in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul. Though most cliffs form through the natural weathering of rock, this valley was originally a carved out granite pit, known as a quarry.
Pocheon is famous for the quality, color, and pattern of its granite rock. It is considered so beautiful that the granite from this quarry was used to build the National Assembly Building, the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, and the Blue House. When excavation of the rock stopped in 2002, the exposed mountain was left unsightly. But in 2009, the area was transformed into Pocheon Art Valley. Down the steep pit, spring and rain water gathered to form Cheonjuho Lake, filled with salamanders, crabs, and minnows. The art valley is known for its observatory, monorail, exhibits, performances, and spectacular mountain views. This unique park should be a must-see place on everyone’s list.
Sheena Kim Staff Reporter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. How far is Pocheon Art Valley from Seoul?
2. How did Pochen Art Valley born?
1. How would you feel when you go to see this park yourself?
2. How long did it take time to build this park?