If you’re in Korea, you must visit Nami Island! Located just outside Seoul, Nami Island provides a quick escape from city life with its beautiful tree-lined roads and stunning scenery. Here’s a quick guide of everything you need to know about Nami Island.

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Why you should visit?

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If you’re a huge K-Drama fan, then you’ll know that Nami Island is the filming spot for the drama, Winter Sonata! This oh so popular drama has turned this man-made island into a must go tourist spot! Even if you’re not a K-drama fan, the island itself is beautiful and definitely something you shouldn’t miss!

Website: namisum.com
Address: 1, Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Ferry schedule: 
07:30-09:00 (30 min intervals)
* First ferry: Departure from Gapyeong Naru 07:30 / Nami Naru 07:35
09:00-18:00 (10-20 min intervals)
18:00-21:40 (30 min intervals)
* Last ferry: Departure from Gapyeong Naru 21:40 / Nami Naru 21:45
Entrance fee: Foreigner -8000won
Directions: From Gapyeong Bus Terminal or Gapyeong Station, take a taxi to Namiseom parking lot. Approximate fare is less than 5000 won(Travel time: 10-15 min)

#HHWT Tip: Grab some halal meal at Dongmun, a halal certified restaurant in Nami Island (next to the Musolla)!

What to do?

Besides taking in the beautiful scenery of Nami Island, you can explore the island on a bike (it’ll take around an hour to cycle around the island) or hop on the electric tour car for a quick tour. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take a zipline to get to the island!

There are also many cute animals scattered throughout the island so do keep a lookout for them!

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And don’t forget to take iconic Korean drama photos at the famous Winter Sonata photo spot.

Where to eat?

1. Dongmun

If you’re at Nami Island itself, have a meal at Dong Mun! Dong Mun is the fourth halal certified restaurant in Korea and they have an extensive menu selling all sorts of Asian dishes ranging from Vietnamese pho to (of course) halal Korean food!

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Think a variety of bibimbab (Korean mixed rice), jajngmyeon (black bean paste noodles) and bulgogi! It’s the perfect place to rest and grab a bite after a long day of sightseeing around the gorgeous Nami Island.

Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm (weekdays and winter season), 10am to 8pm (weekends and non-winter seasons)
Price: Most mains cost around ₩10,000 to ₩12,000
Address: 1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chun-cheon-si, Gang-won-do

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2. Namiok – Gyeonggi-do (Near Nami Island)

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If you have the time, make a (side)trip to Namiok for halal Dakgalbi 닭갈비 (Korean spicy stir-fried chicken)! Just picture stir-fried chicken marinated with gochujang 고추장 (red pepper paste) along with sliced cabbage, tteokbokki 떡볶이 (Korean rice cakes) and rice served on a sizzling hot plate! That’s enough to make us want to fly to Korea this minute!

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Opening Hours: 09:00 to 20:00
Price: ₩10,000 – ₩18,000
Address:
 786-2 Eupnae-ri, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea (경기도 가평군 가평읍 읍내리 786-2)
Directions: 15 min drive from Nami Island’s Ferry Dock. We highly recommend taking a taxi there, do show the taxi driver the address in Korean!

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When to visit?

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To relive the authentic Winter Sonata experience, we recommend visiting Nami Island in the winter! However, Nami Island is beautiful all year round so there really is no wrong time to visit Nami Island!

Website: namisum.com
Address: 1, Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Ferry schedule: 
07:30-09:00 (30 min intervals)
* First ferry: Departure from Gapyeong Naru 07:30 / Nami Naru 07:35
09:00-18:00 (10-20 min intervals)
18:00-21:40 (30 min intervals)
* Last ferry: Departure from Gapyeong Naru 21:40 / Nami Naru 21:45
Entrance fee: Foreigner -8000won
Directions: From Gapyeong Bus Terminal or Gapyeong Station, take a taxi to Namiseom parking lot. Approximate fare is less than 5000 won(Travel time: 10-15 min)

BONUS

Petite France

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If you’re already at Nami Island, why not swing by Petite France as well? Petite France is a French village in the country side of Korea, the village is another K-drama location for the famous variety show Running Man. You can find a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943). Accommodation is provided with 34 guest rooms. Much like the hit K-drama My Love From The Star, visitors can also pretend to be the lovely couple with their standee.

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Website: http://www.pfcamp.com
Address: 1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
Entrance fee: Adults – 8,000 won
Directions: Take taxi at Cheongpyeong Station to Petite France.

You can also take Gapyeong City tour shuttle bus at Gapyeong Station, which covers Nami Island, Petite France and other attractions.

Gapyeong City Tour (Course A) by shuttle bus (6000won):

Gapyeong Intercity Bus Terminal → Gapyeong Station → Jaraseom Island → Gapyeong Rail Bike → Namiseom Island → Geumdae-ri Meeting Hall → Bokjjangni Samgeori Three-way Intersection → Petite France → Homyeong-ri → Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal → Cheongpyeong Station (Sin Cheongpyeong Station) → Im Elementary School → The Garden of Morning Calm

Seoul is a beautiful and vibrant city! But once in a while, we need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, and Nami Island and Petite France are perfect to ease your mind and body.

P.S. If you’re planning to visit Seoul, remember to download the HWHT Travel Planner App available on Google Play for Android and App Store for iOS, to plan your trip 🙆

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