When my cousin first told me that she wanted to see Nami Island, I researched options on how to get there. We could either book a tour package that includes a shuttle to and from Seoul or we could use public transportation all the way. The former being the easier way. Since she was coming to Seoul a few days earlier than I am, I asked her to study the transportation system and hopefully we’ll find our way to Nami Island.
As I have mentioned in my previous post, it was pretty easy to get around in Seoul. We stayed in a hotel located in Myeongdong and made our way to Cheongnyangni Station using the subway. Once there, we purchased a separate ticket and transferred to the iTX Line to Gapyeong Station. It took about 35-40 minutes to get to Gapyeong Station. Then, you can either utilize the Gapyeong Shuttle that comes every hour or take a taxi just like we did. It cost us about 3,000 Won. Not bad for 3 passengers. The Gapyeong Shuttle also services other attractions in the area including Petite France and garden of Morning Calm. On this trip, we only visited Nami Island due to time constraints.
Nami or Namiseom Island is a half moon-shaped island in Chuncheon. It was named after general Nami who was believed to be buried in the island. For Korean drama fans, Nami island is known to be the setting for Winter Sonata. To get to the island, one can either take the ferry (fee included with the admission ticket) or take the zipline (fee excluded from ticket). It just so happened that we visited on a cold autumn morning. So, ferry it is!
If you really want to explore the island you will need at least half a day. And if, like us, you will be utilizing public transportation, make sure to time your departure. The trains don’t come too frequently like the subway trains. We had to wait about an hour at the station before we could depart.
I will just leave these photographs here to share with you the beauty that is Nami island.