It’s day 2 of our chilly stay here in South Korea. Because of the failed New Year celebration moment, we ended up waking up late. I had to rush both my parents to hasten a bit to stick with the itinerary.
Nami Island is without a doubt one of the best spots I’ve been to on this trip. To give a brief background, the island is shaped like a half-moon with beautiful lined trees that give you a picturesque backdrop throughout the year. It’s no surprise that you’ll often see couples do sweet photo shoots or even wedding shoot prenups. For most, this place resonates from a little drama called Winter Sonata.
Access: Yongsan Station, take ITX-Cheongchun train to Gapyeong Station. From there, ride Gapyeong Tour Bus and arrive at Nami Island Station.
To get to Nami Island, arrive at Yongsan Station.
Take ITX-Cheongchun train to Gapyeong Station. You can purchase your tickets at one of the counters. Some sources say it’s better to purchase them online to ensure availability. You can do so here. The trip will take you around an hour, so make sure you have snacks on hand.
Upon arriving, look for the Gapyeong Tour Bus that will take you to Nami Island Station. You can use your T-Money Card for this. If you don’t have any load left, you can always pay in cash too. Additionally, the Gapyeong Tour Bus also takes you to other popular destinations such as Petite France and the Garden of Morning Calm.
There are two ways to get to the island: A 5-minute Ferry and a thrilling Zipline. Because I was with my parents, I had to let go of my would-be superwoman moment.
Purchase roundtrip tickets for KRW 8,000 at the “immigration” center, which also includes your entrance fee to the island. The ferry ride gives you a scenic trip around the waters of Namisan.
The moment you set foot on the island, you’ll instantly feel the magic of it. We thought this was the famous tree backdrop, but it wasn’t just yet. As you can see, I didn’t have a tripod with me, so collaging our photos worked just fine.
Although it was the winter season, there was hardly any snow. So imagine my excitement when I encountered this tiny little ice shaving.
There are plenty of things to do at Nami Island. Restaurants are everywhere, along with delicious snackable finds throughout the place. There’s even a bank, which thankfully exists because we ran short of cash.
One of the most well known activities you can do is cycle around the island. These tandem bikes or twin bikes cost around KRW 6,000 for 30 minutes. Single bikes and even a quadruple one are available for your convenience as well.
Of course, we had to do a couple shot too.
We enjoyed Nami Island so much that we literally lost track of time, and hence, wasn’t able to visit Petite France nor Garden of Morning Calm.
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