Nami Island looks like something straight out of a fairytale. This storybook island floats in the middle of the Han River. Its beautiful trees and ornamental gardens will excite your imagination. Truly, Nami Island is a place of dreams and fantasies. No wonder it was the setting for the popular drama Winter Sonata. There is even a statue of the two main leads on Nami Island. K-drama fans from all over the country come to see it in winter.
Indeed, Nami Island is one of the top tourist destinations in South Korea. Even, UNICEF designated it a child friendly theme park in 2010. So, this is definitely a place for the whole family.
By now you probably want to know the quickest route to Nami Island.
If you are in Seoul, then catch the subway from Sangbong Station. Next, take the Gyeongchun Line to Gapyeong Station.
Or take the ITX from Yongsan Station straight to Gapyeong. You can also ride the Shuttle Bus from Seoul directly to Gapyeong.
Once in Gapyeong, go to the Nami Ferry Station. The ferry will take you across the Han River in 5 minutes. That’s it, welcome to Nami Island.
But hang on, there’s more. Did you know you can actually Zipline to Nami Island? Yes, there is a Zipline tower on the Gapyeong shore. It is 80m high and is the largest Zipline in Asia. From here, you can fly over the Han River in four minutes and land on Nami Island. It is an absolutely heart-thumping ride and an awesome way to make your entry. This is definitely a must for all adrenaline junkies out there!
Nami Island: Visa fees
Nami Island is also called the Naminara Republic. It is culturally independent from the Republic of Korea. And has its own flag,national anthem and even its own currency. On arrival, visitors must get a visa from the immigration office.
An individual visa costs 13000 KRW. Discounts are available for students and senior citizens. A special visa is available for night-time visitors. It only costs 7000 KRW. The visa fees includes entrance cost and round trip ferry fare.
Leisurely strolls along forest walkways.
Nami Island is famous for its walking paths. These include the Korea Pine Tree Lane, Gingko Tree Land and Reeds Wood Lane.
The Korea Pine Tree Lane runs between rows of tall pine trees. In fall, the leaves turn into bright orange and yellow shades. This is one of the most scenic spots on the whole island. And a perfect place to snap some memorable pictures.
Gingko Tree Land is lined by gingkos on both sides of the lane. The best time to visit this path is in autumn. That’s when the yellow Gingko leaves rain over the paths and hide them completely. If you like nature photography, then this is the place for you. In fact, this is the most photographed lane place on Nami Island.
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Reeds Wood Lane winds along the southern shore of the island. During fall, you can see trees in yellow, green and red from across the water.
Make the most of your trip with these 4 activities
Rent a bicycle. This is the best way to explore all the mysterious forest lanes in Nami Island. You can get a single bicycle for 4000 KRW. And a couple one for 8000 KRW. A family one will cost you 15,000 KRW.
The Story bus tour is also a great way to see the whole island. It costs 7000 KRW. You can also book a motorboat tour to sail around the island.
The Adventure TreeGo is ideal for families with young children. Here, kids can play on swings and trampolines. You can also visit the UNICEF Hall. They organisers hold activities that promote children’s rights. UNICEF uses the earnings from these activities to help kids in need. This is a great way to give back to society on your visit to Nami Island.
Also make sure to check out pottery making and glass-blowing activities. They provide an interactive, hands on experience for you to enjoy.
Nami Island : exhibitions and concerts
Nami Island is known as the land of songs. The island promotes all kinds of cultural and artistic events.
Music festivals are happening all year round. They celebrate Korean pop music and classical performances.
International book festivals and puppet parades are held too. The puppet show depicts Korean folklore.
Don’t miss the art installations in the botanical gardens. The Yu Qing Chung Sculpture Park is also a must see for art enthusiasts.
Nami Island at night
Book yourself a room at the Jeonggwanru Hotel. You can book rooms for two to four people. This is a perfect way to walk around Nami Island at night when all visitors are gone. Who knows you might just see an actual fairy in the moonlight!
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