Nami Island Guide & Tips for First-Time Visitors

When it comes to Korea’s top travel destinations, Nami Island, or ‘Namiseom (남이섬)’ in Korean, is always on top of the list for good reason.

From beautiful tree lanes and woodlands to riverside walks, it is just surprising how this small island has it all.nami-island-guide-(22)-(1)Plus, you won’t need to venture far since Nami Island is close enough to Seoul to make a day trip.

For those who wish to visit Nami Island, and it’s your first time, let this blog be your guide.

What is the best way to go to Nami Island from Seoul?

Located in the city of Chuncheon, northeast of Seoul, the easiest way to go to Nami Island is by car, which takes roughly one and a half hours.

When using public transportation, it can be a long, inconvenient trip, taking at least 2 hours or more, 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.

Book a shuttle bus to Nami Island or see all tours to Nami Island.

When is the best time to visit Nami Island?

To be honest, there is no “best time” to visit Nami Island.

The island offers something special for everyone in every season.

1. Spring

In spring, trees and spring flowers begin to bloom in Nami Island. Don’t miss out on the beautiful cherry blossoms around early April. nami-island-guide-(6)Weather: The weather is pleasant and mild, but the air can be crisp and cool.

Tip: Lightweight jackets or light, layered clothing work the best.

2. Summer

When summer brings lush greenery and flora to the island, take a stroll along a thick stand of pine trees and redwoods.nami-island-guide-(41).jpgWeather: Summer weather is hot and humid. There may be some rainy days so check the weather forecast before you visit.

Tip: Wear casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes. Bring an umbrella, hat, sunscreen, water bottle and a fan.

3. Autumn

During autumn, which is from mid-September to November, visitors can enjoy spectacular fall foliage created by ginkgo trees and maple trees in Nami Island.

The reed beds on the riverside are another nature’s gift you will be able to enjoy on the island.nami-island-guide-(28)Weather: Skies are cleat and the weather is cool and dry.

Tip: Wear a long sleeve t-shirt, long pants or a lightweight jacket.

4. Winter

Well known as a filming location of a popular Korean drama called “Winter Sonata (2002),” starred by Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, Nami Island is a must-visit winter destination.

In winter, the snow-covered tree-lined paths and the tall, white birch trees in the island absolutely give you that magical feel.
nami-island-guide-(37)Weather: The weather is generally colder in January than December and February. Snow falls around late November, but it’s best to check the weather forecast for indication of snow before you go.

Tip: Wear a thick winter coat, thermals, sweater, thick socks, hat, gloves or mittens and a scarf.

What you need to know about Nami Island

Nami Island or officially called Naminara Republic, is an independent island-nation that has its own flag and currency. All visitors must buy a “passport”, or a ticket, and ride a ferry to get inside the island since 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.

| TIP: Entrance ticket is included in the shuttle bus package and all the Nami Island Tours offered by Trazy.

Are you interested in visiting Nami Island? Just make sure you book your shuttle bus ride to Nami Island in advance.

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Photo Credits
Nami Island Official Website

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