5 ways to enjoy Nami Island

I can still remember that day, the air was crisp and sun was out. In fact, it didn’t rain for the entire week when we were in Seoul. Instead we have witnessed the transition of the government, people mustered on the street loud enough to make a difference. To give you an idea, we were in Seoul in March 2017. A monumental event where former President Park Geun-Hye was on the brink of impeachment. So we thought of a place where we can escape from what was happening. Escaping the town to Nami Island.

 

Nami Island has been attracting countless visitors up to this day after it was featured in Winter Sonata, a Korean drama series. The main filming location was the Metasequoia lane, that can be found in this tiny half-moon shaped island located in Chuncheon, South Korea. The name originated from General Nami, who died at 28 and have been falsely accused of treason in the 13th Century, by 7th King of the Joseon Dynasty.

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HOW TO GET TO THE ISLAND

There’s numerous ways to travel to Nami Island. You can choose from Shuttle bus, subway, or by car. We booked our roundtrip through Nami Island Seoul Center in Insadong and offers a special discount if you are foreigner. They have english speaking staff that are happy to assist you.

 

FIVE WAYS TO ENJOY NAMI ISLAND

1. TAKING ZIP-WIRE TO NAMI ISLAND

After an hour bus ride we arrived in Gapyeong Wharf and we were given two options to get to the island. A 5 minute ride on a ferry or a zip-wire. Roundtrip ferry and entrance cost KRW 10,000/person for regular and KRW 8,000/per person for foreigner. I would suggest taking zip-wire for it will give you memorable experience by seeing the whole of the island. It cost KRW 38,000 / person include the entrance fee. Make sure to book ahead for zip-wire for they get easily overbooked.

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Feeling adventurous? Try the zip-wire going to the island.

 

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Boat Ferry takes 5 minutes

 

2. RENT A BICYCLE 

Although Nami Island is walkable, there’s plenty of ways to uncover its beauty. By bicycle, sky-bike, electric tour bus, UNICEF charity train, and electric tri-way. I would suggest to rent a bicycle if you have a few hours to enjoy the island. Besides, biking is the most famous activity. You can easily cover the entire island and ride the bicycle leisurely.

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You can find the bike center at the center of the island.
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Lazy pedaling? Electric tri-bike is the answer.
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Sky-bike for the kids to enjoy

 

3. TAKE A WALK DOWN THE METASEQUOIA PATH 

The island have 5 paths that you can unhuriedly  enjoy the whole day. But I would suggest not to miss the Metasequoia Path where you will find the Winter Sonata statue, which makes the island famous to visitors. It’s the main location of the famous Korean drama series, Winter Sonata starring Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo.

 

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4. ENJOY THE BEAUTY AND NATURE

This trip was definitely a break out from the city; amidst the political situation and heavy pollution when we were in Seoul. We enjoyed the rich nature by walking near the lake and wandering through sequoia lined streets. Everything was perfect; from the weather, the crowd and the inclusiveness. It didn’t feel like we were in the way or being rushed anywhere. We were able to take our time and enjoy away from the bustle and hustle of the city.

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I love walking near the lake.
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There’s a different utopia just a stone away from Seoul.

 

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Snowmen in different nationality costumes greeting you after you arrive in the island.
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Such a vast lined of trees to adore and get lost with nature.

 

5. TAKE TIME TO ENJOY THE ISLAND

Most of the people rushed going to Winter Sonata and look for the trees. They miss out looking for other attraction in the island. We took our time strolling around by visiting some picturesque shops, had  a decent lunch at the Nammoon Korean Restaurant, stop over in UNICEF Hall and cap off our activities with a hot cappuccino at Swing Cafe. There’s nothing more relaxing than drinking coffee on a chilly day and Korean song on the background.

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Such a great day not to be grateful for. A hot coffee to warm us up.
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A mart (convenience store) in the island to provide your needs.
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Artshop Imagine Nami is a must visit for fans of Korea pop culture
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Korea Pine Tree lane, one of the 5 walking paths in the island.
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The Famous Korean Soup at Nammoon Korean Restaurant.
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Exploring new places with your best friend, is always a great idea.

 

We were even surprised that there’s some spots in the island where you can borrow a book and just find a perfect haven to indulge it. Such a great escape!

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Although Nami Island claims to have its own republic, its without a doubt a perfect paradise away. An outstanding place to enjoy nature and creativity, to chill out or read a great book. Plus, postcard worthy! ♥

 

Travel Tips:

  • Go as early as you can. Visitors peaks the most at 10am. If you feel like staying longer, you can book a night at Hotel Jeunggwanru. Most visitors are day visitors. You can harmonize with nature at night under the moon and stars when the lights are out.
  • Visit the island during Autumn and marvel a spectacular riot of colors of the leaves.

 

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4 thoughts on “5 ways to enjoy Nami Island

  1. This definitely takes me back to Nami Island. Very detailed description and it gets me excited just reading about the things to do out there! Thanks for sharing ❤️

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