Tuesday, October 2, 2012

남이섬 - Nami Island

The Chuseok holiday is flying by with cooler days and lots of sunshine.  The best thing so far has definitely been our trip to Nami Island this past Sunday.  Being a pretty touristy destination, I had reservations about going as it was 2.5-3 hours out of Seoul.  I thought it might be overrated and I thought it might look similar to most everywhere else in Korea, but Nami is worth the time it takes to get there.

The tiny moon-shaped island is located in the middle of Cheongpyeong Lake in the Gapyeong area of Gyeonggi-do (wow, that's a mouthful).  Made famous by a K-drama (Winter Sonata) that I knew very little about, the island is a great place to get away from the hectic city life for a while.

Some photos...

We started our trip with a Zip-Wire ride from the mainland to the island.  Fun, but a bit pricey and over much too fast.

Happy DH after zipping over the lake.

Some artwork on the island:  meant to represent motherly love and affection.

Some more artwork:  colorful elephants everywhere.

Even dead leaves have a bit of charm on Nami.

Beautiful Cheongpyeong Lake.

Though biking around the island is popular, walking it is even more enjoyable I think.

Even the trash cans are a bit cheesy.

The leaves just starting to change colors.

The most photographed spot on the island.  The DH and I.

Want to visit?  A shuttle bus travels daily from Insadong, although reservations are required, otherwise you can take the Seoul Metro to Gapyeong station, grab a taxi or walk the 2.5 kilometers and either zip your way over like we did, or ride a ferry (8,000 won for foreigners/10,000 won for Koreans).


  1. ah wow gorgeous! This is never what I thought of when I thought of S Korea, so nice to see!

  2. What a beautiful day it was to visit such a beautiful place! Glad you got the chance :)