Nami Island

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Address: Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do

How to get there: 10 minutes via Gapyeong City Tour Bus from Gapyeong Station

Operating Hours: all day

Entrance Fee: W10,000 for locals and W8,000 for foreigners

Nami Island or Namiseom, seom being the the Korean word for island, was formed through the building of Cheongpyeong Dam. It is half-moon in shape and is named after General Nami.

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Nami Island considers itself a micro-nation so before going to the island itself, you have to pass through its Immigration – meaning, you have to buy your ticket.

When you have a foreigner ticket, they’ll ask you where you came from and they’ll greet you in your local language. Then you will ride a 5 minute ferry ride to the island itself.

When you land, there are a lot of amenities such as information, a post office, a convenience store, and a bonfire if you’re cold.

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Near the entrance is the tomb of General Nami. General Nami was prosecuted for treason and the place of his tomb was the place where his body was supposed to be.

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Namiseom was very successful in infusing culture, nature, and tourism in one special place. This area of Nami has a very shallow part of the river where you can wad in. If only I had extra clothes, I would have played in the water.

Plus, this is where we ate our breakfast away from the many tourists that flock the area. And we weren’t disturbed.

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One thing that strikes me most about Nami is this big children’s book library. Nami celebrates International Children’s Book Day to shed light on the importance of children’s books and to encourage the love for reading.

This library is where you can leave your kids if you and your hubby want to go on a romantic tour of the island.

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This is probably one of the highlights of the Nami Island tour. This is the famed line of metasequoia trees. This is where one of the Korean drama classics, Winter Sonata, was shot. And to this day, the memories of such drama is being celebrated and kept alive.

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Nami Island is a paradise within city limits. It’s a fun place to go when you need an escape from your every day life

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