Seoul – Nami Island

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 simply picturesque

Nami Island

Nami Island (Namiseom or Naminara) is a small ‘doraemon pocket lookalike‘ island situated 63 km from Seoul in the middle of the Han River. This charming Island is famous for the ‘Winter Sonata’ film locations back in 2002. 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, passport is not required to get to the island but admission fee applies.

Watch snippets of my journey to Nami Island.

Getting to Gapyeong Wharf

The best and cheapest option is by rail. You may refer refer to the Real time rail map for your route.  Click here for quick guide.

  • By Rail (Journey time: Approx. 100 mins)

Depending on your point of origin, I took the above route to reach Gapyeong station. From Chungmuru >> (Transfer to) Oksu  >> (Transfer to) Sangbong >> Gapyeong. Do note that from Sangbong to Gapyeong, you are traveling on Gyeongchun Line, operated by KORAIL. You will noticed 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 origin station (eg. Chungmuru) and tap-out at the exit (eg. Gapyeong). No additional ticket needed. The train ride cost me 1950KRW.

While transferring at Sangbong to Gyeongchun Line, please take note of the line that you are heading to. In this case you are heading to Gapyeong. When I was there, apparently both track were heading to Gapyeong station. There was a bit of confusion but thanks to the local guy, he told me that both tracks were heading towards Gapyeong.

From Gapyeong Station, I took the cab to Nami Wharf. The taxi stand is located outside the station. The cab driver understood well enough regarding the existence of Nami Island ferry terminal. This short cab ride will cost you less than 3000KRW per trip.

KORAIL. The train look exactly like a normal subway train. Apparently Gyeongchun Line was operated recently in 2010.

Gapyeong Station

  • By Shuttle Bus

There are Shuttle buses departing from Insadong and Namdaemun (w.e.f 1 Jan 2015).

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. Round trip will cost 15000 won per adult.

Depart from Namdaemun. Sungnyemun Square Bus Stop (In front of Namdaemun Market).

Please refer here for more information.

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 for 10,000 won for round-trip ferry fare & tax included in ticket price. After which, proceed to the wharf entrance to board the ferry.

Nami Island

The Nami Maid will ferry you to the Nami Island.

  • Ferry Schedule
    07:30-09:00 (30min intervals)
    09:00-18:00 (10-20min intervals)
    18:00-21:40 (30min intervals)

The weather was so cold that you can notice the blocks of ice floating on the river. The ferry ride will take about 5 mins.

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. Unfortunately, the river was covered with icy snow.


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.

Wooden characters

Symbol of Nami Island, the imaginary nation.

Winter Sonata location. Bae Yong Joon & Choi Ji-woo

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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67 Thoughts

    1. Am back to Malaysia on 18/5. Nami island best place for sightseeing & lot of activities especially I love cycling.

  1. Hi ,I cannt find the website which we can book the apartment called Dahlia.
    Do you have the email so we can book from them ?
    Is there anything to eat after 10pm if stay overthere ?
    Your information & all pictures here very nice & clear for introduce us Nami Island. Thanks

      1. I just got ur replied by today & am come back from Seoul at 18/5 lol.
        It’s hard to communicate with Naminara hotel website I couldn’t understand I guess only always fully booked by local native. Anyway tks & we do have lots fun there.

  2. Hi, I have a question. If i were to spend in Nami Island for a day, lets say i ended the journey at about 9pm local korea time at Petite France, will it be okay if we take a cab back to Gapyeon Station? Will it be expensive?

  3. thanks for the informative post, makes me want to go back to Korea and spend more time there, I didn’t realize it got so cold there ;-)
    thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my entry for the weekly photo challenge: light

  4. Hi, I enjoy so much reading your blog. Thx for all information. We are going to Nami this coming December, do you have any reference for guest house or hotel in Nami Island? We are traveling in 2 adults and 2 toddlers. Thx so much

  5. I really like this posting, but there are way too many pictures in this one post. It takes too long to load and then to scroll.

    1. Hi Pit. Thank you for your feedback. The reason why there are too many photos is because I want to share the scenic view of the Island to my readers. Then again, I apologise and point taken.

      1. Thanks for replying and explaining. And don’t apologize, please. I can understand that one wants to put as many pictures online in a blog. I’m constantly in the same dilemma, either to have looooooooooooong postings or a few pictures only of the many I want to post. My present compromise is to put two or three pictures in a blog-entry by themselves and add the others from the same area in a gallery. I think that helps. Maybe you’d want to check the way I did it here [] and leave your comment. Unfortunately the text of that blog is (mainly) in German. Sorry about that.
        Best regards from southern Texas,

  6. Hi it’s me again, I hope I am not troubling you. Just read The Lonely Planet and it mentioned that 19 – 21st Sept is a National Holiday in Seoul. As my planned trip will be around those dates how will that affect my trip? I planned to go to Sorak Mountain from 19 -20 Sept. Should I do my booking early, as I planned to spend a night at Sorak Mountain? This is my first visit to Seoul and I want to see as much as possible. Thank you.

    1. Hi Amy sorry for the late reply. You might anticipate crowd during the public holidays. If you’re staying a night at mount sorak, I would suggest you book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

  7. Hi thank you very much for the lovely photos on Nami Island. Will be visiting Korea in September 2013, and my daughter said Nami Island is a must. Never knew why but after seeing your photos I can understand why! What type of weather should I expect in middle of September? I am from Malaysia and our country is very hot.

    1. Hi Amy. Yes a lovely island indeed. September will be the starting of Autumn season.You can expect mild weather and a bit chilly in late sept. I’m sure you gonna enjoy Nami Island as much as I do.

  8. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.

  9. first time i have visited Korea – nice to get a tour of Nami Island thru the eyes of an artist with camera – thank you –and thank you for visiting my blog

  10. Hi…i ve been to Seoul every two or three times a year for the past 6 yrs gosh l never been to tis part of the Korea and the good news we might be going coming 27 dec 2012 nice pics and precise information…..tks a lot…

  11. Interesting place. Winter sonata was a hit TV series in our country back in my college days. Thanks for the all the info that are both historic and historical. No wonder it’s a place to be …

      1. It was awesome! So much good food… especially fruit and roti/prata. Mmm. Singapore is a lovely place! But of course there wasn’t enough time for everything – I’ll have to go back!

  12. As always, thank you for introducing me to such an amazing city! I never knew that Korean couples wore the same inside layers and shoes! Fun! My son would never come out of public restrooms if there were books outside. He loves reading in the restroom!

  13. You really capture my heart to visit seoul eapecially nami island! Commendable job regarding your photos here including the other galleries. Keep up dude!

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