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.
|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.
|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.
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.
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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Cha of Little Misadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, researcher and a fur mom. She came from General Santos City and finds that everything in life teaches her a lesson. She is inspired to write about and out of her experiences, but later found out that it was her experiences that actually inspire her.