Take a trip to Nami Island or ‘Namiseom (남이섬)’ in Korea, one of the best tourist destinations near Seoul!
About Nami Island
Located near Seoul, Nami Island, or Namiseom, is a beautiful island that is among the most popular attractions in Korea for good reason.
Featuring beautiful tree lanes, woodlands, riverside walks and many more, Nami Island offers picture-perfect scenery all year round. It is just surprising how this small island has it all!
Thanks to its incredible scenery, Nami Island has been used as the location for many Korean dramas (especially romance dramas).
Most particularly, the hit Korean drama, “Winter Sonata,” has led to the island’s huge popularity among overseas guests.
And most recently, Nami Island has been selected as one of the shooting locations for the first-ever Filipino-Korean romantic comedy series, “My Korean Jagiya,” starred by Heart Evangelista (Gia) and Alexander Lee (Kim Jun-ho, a former member of K-pop group U-KISS). The drama has been aired on GMA Network on August 21, 2017.
Best time to visit Nami Island
Four seasons of Nami Island
To be honest, there is no “best time” to visit Nami Island. The island offers something special for everyone in every season.
In spring, trees and spring flowers begin to bloom in Nami Island. You will be able to see beautiful cherry blossoms, which usually bloom from early April to mid-April.
★Weather: The weather is pleasant and mild, and the air is crisp and cool.
★Tip: Lightweight jackets or light, layered clothing work the best.
When summer brings lush greenery to the island, take a stroll along a thick stand of pine trees and redwoods.
★Weather: Summer weather is hot and humid. On-and-off rain showers possible.
★Tip: Wear casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes. Bring an umbrella, hat, sunscreen, water bottle and a fan.
From mid-September to November, visitors can enjoy spectacular fall foliage across Nami Island.
The reed beds on the riverside are another nature’s gift you will be able to enjoy during fall.
★Weather: Skies are cleat and the weather is cool and dry.
★Tip: Wear a long sleeve t-shirt, long pants or a lightweight jacket.
Well known as a filming location of a popular Korean romance drama called “Winter Sonata (2002),” starred by Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, Nami Island is famous for being a romantic winter destination.
In winter, the snow-covered tree lanes and the tall, white birch trees absolutely give you that magical feel!
★Weather: The weather is generally colder in January than other winter months. Snow falls around late November, but do check the weather forecast before you go.
★Tip: Wear a thick winter coat, thermals, sweater, thick socks, hat, gloves or mittens and a scarf.
5 Must-see spots in Nami Island
There are plenty of amazing attractions and sights in Nami Island! To help you make the most of your trip, here we’ve narrowed it down to top 5 must-see spots in Nami Island.
As you read, use our map below to find the spots featured in this blog post.
1. The Central Korean Pine Tree Lane: A scenic path lined with thick pine trees leading to the center of the island.
2. Ginkgo Tree Lane: A must-stop spot for enjoying the splendor of vivid yellow ginkgo leaves during autumn.
3. Metasequoia Lane: A path lined with giant redwood trees, offering a magnificent scenery.
4. Riverside Paths: The wooden walks around the water’s edge where you can take in the stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
5. Gongsaengwon Garden (The Winter Sonata Statue): In this garden, you can find a statue of the main characters from “Winter Sonata” and a special photo zone for visitors to take souvenir pictures.
How to go to Nami Island from Seoul
Located in the city of Chuncheon, northeast of Seoul, Nami Island is close enough to Seoul to make a day trip, taking roughly one and a half hours from Seoul.
If you use the public transportation, it will take you at least 2 hours or more.
Trust us, it will be a long, inconvenient trip while giving up comfort and convenience.
Taking these into account, you will be far better off taking either a shuttle bus or a tour.
Both can really save your time and make your trip way more convenient.
Plus, taking a tour is also a great option as you can visit other popular places nearby, such as Petite France, Gangchon Rail Park and the Garden of Morning Calm – all of which are worth a visit.
Nami Island Ticket Info
Nami Island, or officially called Naminara Republic, is an independent island-nation that has its own flag and currency.
All visitors must buy a Nami Island passport (ticket) and take the ferry to get inside the island as it is inaccessible by land transport.
| Price: 8,000 KRW for foreigners, free for children 36 months and younger. Round-trip ferry fare is included in the entrance ticket.
| Where to Buy Tickets: Ticket office is located near the Immigration Gate.
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