Are you looking for a day trip from Seoul? Do you like nature? Do you want to just walk around and relax? If you answer all questions with a YES, then I have the perfect getaway for you. Here’s my travel diary about the beautiful Nami Island, and all the things you need to know before you go.
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How To Get There?
There are several ways to get to Nami Island. For us, we took the subway from Myeongdong to Sinyongsan (15-20 minutes). Afterwards, we walked for about 5 minutes to the Yongsan Station.
We arrived at the station very early. Since this was a last minute trip, we bought the ticket at the station. I believe you can book tickets in advance as this train has reserved seatings.
From the Yongsan Station, we took the ITX to Gapyeong. The train ride was roughly an hour. If you are planning a day trip or half-day trip, I recommend you to take the earliest train possible.
From the Gapyeong train station, we took the Gapyeong City Tour Bus. This shuttle bus will take you to all the famous tourist destinations in Gapyeong. You can purchase a day pass with the bus driver for unlimited rides.
The shuttle bus will drop you off at the Gapyeong Wharf. It will take about 20-25 minutes to get from the terminal to the wharf. You can also take a taxi from the terminal if you have limited time. The drive will take about 10-15 minutes.
Here, you can get the Naminara Visa. This is the Entrance Fee to Nami Island and the round trip Ferry Fare (13,000 KRW). If you are feeling a little bit more adventurous, they also have zip lines to get you to the island.
Welcome To Nami Island
Once I stepped into the island, I was amazed. It really felt magical walking in the middle of the trees beautifully lined up. The sound of the birds chirping and the sight of the little cute bunnies running around were too beautiful for me.
Every single spot in this island is Instagram-worthy! It is such a nice peaceful place to walk around, relax and be one with nature.
I truly feel blessed to be in this trip with my sister. For some reasons, being in this island made me realize how blessed we are to be able to see this wonderful place, together. Also, it made me appreciate the simple little things in life.
Ride A Bike Around The Island
You can rent a bike to go around the island. There are different types of bikes available.
*Prices might have changed
One-person: 4,000 won (30 min) / 8,000 won (1 hr)
Couple / Tandem: 8,000 won (30 min) / 16,000 won (1 hr)
Quadruplet: 15,000 won (30 min)
I believe that renting a bike is a great idea. This is the best way to go around the island. There are many places to visit and many views to see here, and riding the bike is probably the most efficient way to see Nami Island. Of course, it all still depends on your preference.
Take A Break
There are many restaurants here, but we opted to get snacks like the fish cake, sausage, the steamed bun and ice cream.
Visiting Nami Island wasn’t part of our original itinerary. These beautiful ladies above (our new-found sisters) encouraged us to stay and join them. My sister and I decided to extend one more day to join them in Nami Island, and we definitely made the right decision, and we are so thankful to them. We thought Nami Island was far and that it won’t be possible to do a half day trip, but we were wrong. It would be nice to spend at least a day there, however, a half day trip is possible! Honestly, I felt like we saw a lot already in our short time here, and we enjoyed a lot! I definitely can’t wait to go back and see more of Nami Island and Gapyeong next time.
Time To Go Home
Have More Time?
If we could, we would spend a night here in Gapyeong. We only had half a day since our flight was at 7PM. If you have more time, go ahead and explore more of Gapyeong. There are more places to visit here such as the Gapyeong Rail Bike, Petite France and the Morning Calm Arboretum.
PS. There’s a cute coffee shop in the train station. A perfect place to stay as you wait for your train to go back to Seoul.
I hope you find yourself heading to Nami Island anytime soon! It is truly BEAUTIFUL!