If you are looking for a romantic place to visit near Seoul, I’d like to recommend the small and peaceful Nami Island. Because there are a lot of nearby attractions, you may be able to make a great 1-day Seoul vicinity tour itinerary. Then let’s find out how to get there and what to do on Nami Island.
‘Nami’ is an island in the North Han River with a total area of about 462,000 square meters. Originally, the island was only a small hill, but it became a real island with the construction of the Cheongpyeong Dam.
It’s famous for its forest road with a white birch tree path, a pine tree path, a metasequoia path, and entertainment areas with various Korean restaurants. Additionally, it was a featured filming location for the famous TV show Winter Sonata. It is one of the best places to visit near Seoul.
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Compare Day Tours to Nami Island, Petite France, and Garden of Morning Calm
How To Go & What To Do in Nami Island
How To Get There
The ITX train Cheongchun (Cheongryangri to Chuncheon) is the best way to visit the Island. It takes less than an hour to get to Gapyeong station. You can get on the ITX Cheongchun train at Yongsan, Wangshimni, and Cheongryangri stations. The fare is 5,900 KRW each way and I recommend you purchase tickets online for the round trip before you leave.
After you buy a train ticket, take the right train on the platform towards your destination of ‘Gapyeong’ station (the island is in Gapyeong-gun).
Now you have to take a bus(No. 33-5, 33-36) or taxi to go to the wharf for the island. The bus fare is about a dollar and the taxi fare is around $4.
If you get off the bus or taxi at the island ferry wharf, go to the ticket office. The ferry costs 13,000 KRW per person.
Otherwise, you can take a Zip-line to fly to the island across the river. If you are the kind of person who enjoys the excitement, I definitely recommend you take this adventure. The fare is 40,000 KRW per person.
At last, you have arrived! 🙂
If you are not familiar with the Korean public transportation system or would like to get a discount, I recommend you purchase transportation tickets before you leave or take a day tour package on the tour website. We made a tour program list operated by global agents so that you can easily compare the tour programs and fares.
best agents options for your day tour packages and ticket sellers for Nami Island and nearby attractions so that you can easily compare the programs and fares.
What To Do in Nami Island
Things To See
Enjoy the beautiful Lotus Garden and various kinds of tree paths beside the river.
This is the photo wall from the famous Korean TV show, Winter Sonata.
Foods and Restaurants
There are several Korean restaurants that serve Korean traditional food, such as Pajeon (Korean style pizza with green onions), Dotorimuk (seasoned acorn jelly salad), bibimbap, and makgeolli.
Usually, they have a menu stand in front of the restaurants so that you can choose the restaurant and read the menu from outside.
If you go to Gapyeong, you must try pine nuts makgeolli! It is makgeolli with a unique flavor by adding pine nuts, one of the representative specialties of Gapyeong. Without artificial fragrance, it tastes soft and calm. If you love Korean makgeolli made with rice, I highly recommend you try this pine nuts makgeolli. Alcohol is 6%, similar to beer, and when refrigerated, it should be stored upright rather than lying down.
Some restaurants sell several kinds of finger foods like Jjinbbang (steamed bun with red bean paste filling) similar to Bungeobbang, chicken skewers, fishcakes, and Korean style hot-dog.
There are galleries selling traditional products and souvenirs where you can shop, eat, and drink.
You can see other Asian food restaurants as well.
Our Favorite Place
Lastly, I’d like to introduce a fantastic hidden place we love. It’s a Korean traditional gazebo where you can take a break. The view from the pavilion is really awesome. You can go onto the floor of this gorgeous gazebo. Take a seat and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Usually, we have some finger foods here enjoying the scenery. 🙂
If you are planning to visit Nami Island, I recommend you to go there in the morning to avoid the large crowds.
And there are so many fantastic places to visit near the Island, such as Chuncheon city, Soyang lake, Petit France, the Garden of Moning calm, and Gangchon rail bike.
Attractions Near Nami Island
Jade Garden is a European-style arboretum called ‘Little Europe in the Forest’. In autumn, the pretty Pink Muhly welcomes you, and there are various plants and themed gardens, so you can enjoy nature in a variety of ways. It is also recommended to take a beautiful photo and take a walk along the mountain path that flows through a small valley. If you like Korean dramas, you will easily know that Jade Garden is the shooting place for the drama, That Winter, The Wind Blows, starring Jo In-sung and Song Hye-kyo.
Hours of operation are Monday-Sunday from 9am to 6pm, and there is an entrance fee, 10,000 won for adults and 6,000 won for children. As the shuttle bus is currently suspended due to COVID-19, detailed directions for driving by car can be found on their website.
It is 6.8km away from Nami Island, and it takes about 10 minutes by car. Taxi fares can be estimated at around 10,000 won – 15,000 won.
- Address : 111, Seocheon-ri san, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, Korea
- Call: +82.33.630.5500
Jarasum is close enough to be seen from Nami Island, and it is located about 800m in a straight line. It can be reached in 10 minutes by car. In Jarasum (Jara Island), there are camping sites, cultural parks, and leisure parks as well. Jarasum is famous as a camping ground, but it is also well known as the place where the Jarasum International Jazz Festival, which has been held since 2004, is held. For more information The 18th Jarasum Jazz Festival 2021, check this official website. Moreover, Jarasum was the filming location for the Korean drama Iris with a beautiful sceneary. In October, the autumn flower festival is going on in Namdo Flower Garden, the sudden part of Jarasum. Here you can check the event schedule in Jarasum.
- Address : 1-1 Daljeon-ri Gapyeong-eup Gapyeong-gun Gyeonggi-do
- Call: +82 31-8078-8028
Have fun – we always want to help you to have a wonderful experience in Korea.
Written by Dy & Jay.
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