SOUTH KOREA: Looking for Nami Island
If you’re really in love, appearances aren’t important. The best house is the one you build in each other’s hearts. – Winter Sonata
This quote is a famous line from one of the most popular Korean Drama known as “Winter Sonata” filmed in… yes, you guessed it NAMI ISLAND. If you visited South Korea and didn’t go to Nami Island (also known as Naminara or Namiseom), then you are terribly missing out! Although I also love Seoul, (you can read about my one day trip to Seoul on my other blog post) Nami has its own little place in my heart. A very nice tip before you visit the island is: to go there as early as 8 am to avoid the tourist rush, and make sure to have your passport with you- they will ask for this prior to entering the island.
To those of you who don’t know- Nami Island is located at Chuncheon, South Korea, just beyond the outskirts of Seoul. It is actually named after General Nami, who is falsely accused of treason during the Joseon Dynasty and is believed to be buried somewhere on the Island.
Going to Nami Island
For this particular trip, I am accompanied by another handsome Korean friend named John Park. He is probably one of the most fluent English-speaking Korean I have ever met in my life, with a very American accent. He is also my previous classmate while I was studying in Canada. In other words, John is awesome, hit him up (lol).
1. Ride the ITX train to Gapyeong Station (Ticket Price 4,800 won)
If you are coming anywhere from Seoul, just ride a train going to Yongsan Station. Upon arrival at Yongsan ask around where you can find the KORAIL counter, where you can buy the ticket going to Gapyeong Station. Be reminded that you will be riding a different train station going to Gapyeong. You will have to ride the ITX- Cheongchun train (yes!!! the same looking train they used at Train to Busan!) instead of the normal Seoul Subway lines. The ticket should cost about 4,800 won and the train ride will be about 1 hour in total, so secure yourself a comfortable seat.
2. Ride the Tour Bus going to Nami Island Station (Bus Ticket: 1,300 won)
Upon arrival at the Gapyeong station, go outside and look for the booth that looks exactly like the photo below.
You can ask here everything there is to know about Gapyeong through here, and they will also give you a free pamphlet about Nami Island and all other places to visit like: Petite France. The information center will tell you to wait for the tour bus going to Nami and other places. Before you enter the bus, make sure to pay for the WHOLE ISLAND tour so you won’t have to keep paying every time you ride the bus (which is more costly). You can pay the bus using your T-Money Card or by cash, and they will hand you a bus ticket (Important: Do not lose your bus ticket! You will use this again to get to the other parts of the city). The Bus ride will be around 5-10 minutes tops.
3. Pay your entrance fee to Nami, inclusive of the ferry ride (Entrance Fee: 10,000 won)
Once you arrive at the Nami Island Station, you have to line up at the ticketing counter and present your passport. Pay the fee to the ticketing area, which should amount to 10,000 won, inclusive of the ferry ride. Wait for the arrival of the ferry and voila! Hello, Nami Island!
Inside Nami Island
Alas! Here we are, after a train to Busan experience, a water ferry adventure and getting lost, we finally arrived! Nami is, of course, everything you thought it would be- only better. From this point on, I would like to let the photos speak for itself. 😉
We arrived at the island around lunch time, and probably finished about 3 pm. I can say that we really went through every single corner of the place, considering that we didn’t use a bike. It was a bit hot that day, and even though we can find some shelter from the sun, the extra walking made us sweat like crazy! We walked for about 2 hours or more and partly wished that we rented a bike, as we head back towards the main entrance. Good thing me and my friend took a small lunch break before we rode the ferry going to the island. Here’s a photo of me and my friend eating a huge bowl of Galdak-ro.
To sum it up, Nami Island is amazing! I loved that it is so peaceful, quiet, and away from the busy city of Seoul! On a side note, there’s a lot more things to see close to Nami (like Petite France!) and read all about it on my other blog post.
Have you ever been to Nami? If yes, tell me more about your experience below!
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The island is so green, so peaceful. Doesn’t look crowded at all. And fresh as ever. I would love to spend a day here when I visit Korea
First of all, I love your blog name and banner! So awesome!! Love the bubbles 🙂
Great post too! Such a helpful guide for anyone visiting South Korea. Looks like a great place!
Just returned from Seoul. Your pictures make me regret not going there!
Hi. When did you exactly visit Nami Island? I noticed the trees are green. Was this sometime in June
or July? If so, how’s the weather at that time? Thanks!
It was around July 🙂 I suggest you go there during spring tho! even more colorful and photogenic 🙂