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South Korea Diaries: A Winter Day Trip to Nami Island (Chuncheon)

If you are following South Korea Diaries of this blog, after we visited Le Petite France in Gapyeong, we headed to the next must-visit spot which is the Nami (Namiseom) Island in Chuncheon. During the winter season, one of the best ways to enjoy the freezing temperature is to visit this beautiful island. Most probably, you’ve heard about Winter Sonata. Most of the romantic scenes of this K-drama were shot here. However, before this K-drama, Nami Island had an important role in Korean history. General Nami, a Korean hero in the 15th century, was buried here. Before, this island was connected to the mainland. But, it was separated after the construction of the Cheongpyeong Dam. In this article, I will share to you about our winter day trip to Nami Island.

Take a ferry from the Gapyeong Ferry Wharf

Since we availed of the unlimited bus rides where we could just hop on and off, from Le Petite France, we waited for the bus and headed to Gapyeong Ferry Wharf. At the wharf, we bought tickets to the island which cost ₩8,000. This covers both the entrance fee and round trip ferry fare. We were very fortunate because 2017 was the last year for this discounted rate for foreigners. In January 2018, unfortunately, this increased to ₩13,000.

winter day trip to nami island
Heading to Naminara Republic
Naminara Republic Entry Visa ₩8000
(Now at ₩13000)

A Winter Day Trip to Nami Island

Strolling around the island

Beautiful. It’s the best word to describe Nami Island although no words can really describe its beauty and serenity. Almost every spot, you can find lots of photo ops in the island. It was winter so the island was not as crowded as compared to other seasons. So, we really had the feels of the place plus of the biting cold.

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The Beautiful Nami Island

Gingko Tree Lane

Next is the Gingko Tree Lane which is one of the most beautiful spots on the island. The perfectly aligned trees are really amazing to see in person.

Winter Sonata

We also visited the filming location of the Korean movie “Winter Sonata”. A lot of people were taking pictures on that spot. No wonder.

Nami Island also has stone structures and wooden carvings all over. Basically, you can find them everywhere.

Coffee Shops and Restaurants

Feeling too cold? Aside from the outdoor fireplaces for heater, Nami Island also has coffee shops and restaurants so you can warm your extremities at. Of course, we headed for coffee! Although it was still sunny when we arrived, the weather was so cold that the snow men on top of our table never melted.



Look at this winter wonderland! When snow started to fall, it was one of the most fun and magical things that happened in Nami Island when we were there.

Additional Tips

Nami Island is an independent nation. It has its own flag. That is why we were required to buy a ticket/passport/visa to get into the island. The only way visitors can get to it is thru ferry as it is inaccessible by land. A day trip to this island is usually more than enough to experience everything it has to offer.

When I have the chance to go back, I love to visit Nami Island during autumn. *wishful thinking*

After the winter day trip to Nami Island, our next destination was the Dongdeamon Design Plaza (DDP) in Seoul. This will be my next blog post. Watch out. Thanks for reading!

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emman damian
May 27, 2020 12:02 pm

I haven’t been to Nami Island but I have been to Seoul! I hope to visit this place soon! Seems nice!

Lavern Moore
Lavern Moore
May 27, 2020 11:51 am

I would love a trip to Nami Island! So exciting!

the joyous living
May 27, 2020 6:30 am

this looks like such a gorgeous day trip! i was born in south korea but haven’t been back since i was a baby. need to make a bucket list with all your great suggestions.

Marie Phillips
May 26, 2020 11:33 pm

This looks like such a fun place to explore. I bet my 8 year old son would especially love exploring there!

Melanie williams
Melanie williams
May 26, 2020 9:31 pm

Looks like you have found a lovely place. It looks as though you had a fab travel adventure which is nice to look back on at times like this x

Steven Morrissette
Steven Morrissette
May 26, 2020 7:58 pm

I didn’t even know that there was snow in South Korea. It’s so beautiful when everything is all cover with snow, it makes me think of Christmas.

Elicit Folio
Elicit Folio
May 26, 2020 10:59 am

Great travel post! I would love to visit here one day, especially to see the Gingko Tree Lane on the island! Saving this pin to my bucket list once I start to travel again.

May 26, 2020 10:18 am

Your post is making me miss travel. We can’t wait to be able to go places again.

Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women

I had never heard of Nami Island before reading this post. What a naturally beautiful place. While it was very cold, it was a great move to go then and avoid crowds, while enjoying all the lovely spots. Reading that the island is an independent nation was a huge surprise and you were also lucky to get there before the prices increased. I would love to visit one day.

May 26, 2020 12:35 am

That is such a gorgeous place! I would love to visit South Korea, and Nami Island will definitely be my first spot when I visit. I love it.

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