The beauty of Nami Island is indescribable. This small charming Island is a popular tourist destination in Seoul. Known for its stunning scenery, this is a must-visit attraction and you need to set aside half a day for your visit. Nami in winter is simple picturesque
Nami Island or Namiseom or Naminara is a small ‘doraemon pocket lookalike’ island situated 63km from Seoul in the middle of the Han River. For those who are wondering, this small island is famous for ‘Winter Sonata’ drama in 2002. The island is gaining popularity thanks to winter sonata. Still, I have not watch it before but I’ve heard the famous theme song from the drama. Apparently, Nami Island declared its cultural independence on March 1, 2006. Like other independent republics, Naminara Republic has its own national flag, anthem, passport, postage stamps, telephone cards, written characters, papers, and currency. Do not fret, you don’t need a passport to get to the island. All you need is to pay visa aka admission fee.
Watch snippets of my journey to Nami Island.
There are various ways to get to Nami Island. Here are the options.
The best way to get to the Island is by rail. With the extensive railway system, traveling by train to the Island is a breeze. However, there are a couple of things you need to know if you’re traveling by train. For a subway person, this gonna be a breeze for you. Do take note of the station you need to tansfer and the direction the train is heading. Please refer to Real time rail map for your route. Again, iPhone users, please download the apps that I’ve recommended in my previous post.
1st option: If you are traveling by rail, above is the route that I took to reach Gapyeong station. From Chungmuru >> (Transfer) Oksu >> (Transfer) Sangbong >> Gapyeong. Do note that from Sangbong to Gapyeong, you are traveling in Gyeongchun Line which is operated by KORAIL. You will find that Sangbong station or Gapyeong (Gyeongchun line) does not exist in your subway map because they operate individually. However, you only need to tap in your T-Money card from the station you depart (eg. Chungmuru) and tap out at exit (eg. Gapyeong). No additional ticket needed. The whole train ride cost me 1,950KRW.
While transferring at Sangbong to Gyeongchun Line, please take note of the line that you’re heading to. In this case you’re heading to Gapyeong. When I was there, apparently both track are heading to Gapyeong station. There was a bit of confussion but thanks to the local guy, he told me that both tracks are going towards Gapyeong.
From Gapyeong Station. Take a cab to Nami Wharf. Taxi stand is located outside Gapyeong station. The cab drivers understood well enough regarding the existence of Nami Island ferry terminal. This short cab ride will cost you less than 3000KRW per trip.
The total duration of the trip to Gapyeong station is about 2 hours ++
KORAIL. The train look exactly like a normal subway train. Apparently Gyeongchun Line operated recently in 2010.
2nd option: For those who wish to spend a little bit more. There are Shuttle buses departing from Insadong. Please refer here for more info. Round trip will cost 13000KRW per person. Depart from Insadong (Tour bus stop near Tapgol park) at 9.30am. Returning to Insadong from Nami Island at 4.00pm. To do so, you need to book your ticket in advance OR be there as early as 9.00am to purchase your tickets, subject to availability.
2 ways to get to Nami Island. The conventional way or adventurer way.
For adventurers, you can take zip lining which you bring right to the Island! It cost 38,000KRW including admission visa. Fastest way to reach and you can enjoy the adrenaline rush.
The conventional way is by ferry. Get your entry visa at the counter cost 8000KRW per person which include the round trip of ferry ride.
Wharf entrance to board the ferry.
The Nami Maid will ferry you to Nami Island. The ferry depart every 10 – 20 minutes from 7.30am to 9.45am.
To remind how cold the weather was, notice the blocks of ice floating on the river.
More of it here
Similar ferry to Nami Island.
Upon reaching Nami Island wharf, notice the statue wearing red top right in the middle of the river. This is one of the famous landmark to look out for.
Nami Island was named after General Nami, a notable figure in Korean history who courageously fought in battles but died at the age of 26.
Activities you can do there at Unchi garden aka Un-chi(Unicef+Child). Sky Bicycle, playground are some of the activities you can do.
The UNICEF train runs between the entrance of the island to the central station in the main square. 2000KRW per ride.
Symbol of Nami Island, the imaginary nation.
Trees reaching sky. Some of the location of Winter Sonata
Beautiful scenery of the lane
A stroll along the coastline. Enjoying the nature and white winter
While walking I saw this couple standing in the middle of the frozen river!
I saw more and more people on the frozen river and I decided to join in the fun. lol
Shortly after, we’ve been chase out by the police official for safety reasons. Anyway, I don’t want to die because of hypothermia in case the layer of ice breaks.
My Snow man!
There are different apartment to stay at Nami Island. This is one of them called Dahlia.
Same inner wear & shoes; a trend for korean couple
A cafe to get a cup of coffee
err.. I don’t need to elaborate on this.
You read it right, Winter Sonata Gallery
Inside the galley contain all the photos of the winter sonata drama in 2002.
These thai girls trying to keep warm. Fireplace like this are provided at designated place
You can easily find a children story books! Even in the toilets cubicle.
If you’re up for an adrenalin rush. There’s a Bungy jumping activity, a 55-meter jumping tower near the dock to Nami Island.
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