Nami Island or Namiseom is a tiny half-moon shaped island located in Chuncheon, South Korea. It’s about an hour away by bus from Seoul. It is popularized by the very popular drama Winter Sonata. I asked the guy at our hostel on how to purchase the Nami Island tickets and he graciously offered to buy it for us using his card and we’ll just pay him cash. He went online and found that there weren’t any available seats the following day so we settled for the day after. He printed out our ticket and that’s what we showed to the bus driver. You can also buy the ticket from across the street where the bus is parked but I would not recommend this. They can get full and there’s only one trip a day. I found the bus information on the internet in English which I posted below.
It has everything on it pretty much. The only problem we had once we exited the subway, we couldn’t find Tagpol Park in Insadong and it can be very frustrating. We tried asking around but no one spoke English. :( We somehow managed to find it. It’s a good thing we allotted an hour in our schedule to find it or we could have missed our bus.
You can also get there by subway which can get complicated with the transfers. By Subway: Go to Sangbong Station. Take Line 7 to Gyeongchun Line. Sangbong -> Gapyeong Station. 5:10 – 23:00. Gapyeong Station -> Sangbong 5:32 – 23:27. Cost: KRW 1800. Gapyeong Station to Gapyeong Wharf. 25 minutes to walk. 5 minutes by bus or Taxi. Taxi is KRW3000.
Nami Island Admission for Foreigners: KRW8000.
They’re supposedly a republic so they have their own immigration but don’t fret, you don’t need to take out your passport. You’ll only need your tickets.
Places to eat are more expensive than usual for cheapskates like us but we managed to find an affordable albeit spartan lunch place. We saw a convenient store after we ate. We could have just bought instant noodles since that was cheaper. Anyway, this was the menu for our lunch.
Limited – yes. We got an order of kimchi rice and the pancake. They gave us rubber gloves too. We were wondering what those were for until we saw other people use it to shake the rice after we’ve already started eating. Haha.