Some people were asking me why I did not include Nami Island in my previous blog (Best Things to Do in Seoul). Actually, it’s because Nami Island is not part of Seoul. Namisum or Nami is a half-moon shaped island located in Chuncheon, South Korea. It’s not that far though, you only need to travel around 1 to 2 hours. That’s why many couples and families from Seoul go here especially during the weekend.
There are plenty of ways to get here but you have to choose depending on your preferences and location in Seoul.
Subway: Gyeongchun is the line where Gapyeong station is connected, so you might need to transfer lines a couple of times. In our case, we followed this direction:
Chungmoro -> Oksu -> Mangu -> Gyeongchun -> Gapyeong
Shuttle Bus – from Insadong/Namdaemun/Myeong-dong going directly to Nami Island
Via ITX – from Yongsan Station to Gapyeong Station
From Gapyeong station, you need to proceed at the Ferry Wharf. You can either take the bus or taxi. Since I was traveling with 3 friends, taking a cab was a better choice! When you reach Gapyeong Wharf, purchase an “Entry Visa” ticket going to Nami Island by ferry. (Price: ₩8,000 for foreigners, don’t forget to present your passport!). The ferry comes every 30 minutes and travel time is around 10 minutes. If you are looking for a faster and more exciting way to go to the Island, travel via zip wire! (Price: ₩38000) Why ride a ferry if you can fly, right?
Nami Island gives you the romantic vibe you only get to feel and see in movies, which I understand now why it is a famous filming spot for Korean movies and series.
My friends having a moment
Many scenes from the 2002 hit television drama, Winter Sonata were filmed in Nami Island. It is the Korean series that started the Korean wave in asia and worldwide.
Photo credit: One Day Korea
This is the spot where the main characters of Winter Sonata had their first kiss
My Ex and Whys, a Filipino film which also had some scenes taken at the beautiful Nami Island
Photo credit: http://www.joinenjoy.com.ph
Nami Island is well-known for its tree-lined paths. My inner OC-ish self was instantly stimulated upon seeing this.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Seoul. But there are times when your life in the city gets routinary and you crave for a different kind of experience, probably some quiet time, sometimes quick escape is the answer. Good thing because in a matter of minutes to hours from Seoul, Nami is reachable.
Walk around and feel the love. I don’t know but Nami Island has this effect that will make you remember your first love or childhood crush. It gives me this feeling as if it’s so good to be in love and I mean that in a romantic way. Contrary to what my friends told me, it’s not only a place for couples. For me, it’s my kind of happy place.
I love this place. We visited a bit earlier as the autumn season was just starting. It’s currently the transition period from Summer to Autumn. Planning to visit soon? Travel between October to December! I can’t describe how beautiful this place is and I just can’t imagine what more if I go here during Autumn or Winter season.
Autumn is somehow visible in some parts of Nami.
Next stop: Petite France!!
Petite France, a small French culture village in Korea. This is such a dreamland for children and even adults.
I’ve read some reviews about the place and a lot of people are expressing their dissatisfaction. It is considered “Little France” for a reason and comparing it to France is pointless. Well, I think it is worth a visit. In fact, this is also a famous filming location. Here are some of those films/series:
My Love from the Star / You Who Came from the Star
I’ve watched some Korean TV series and this is one of those. Of course, I will not write about K-drama without experiencing it myself. A story of an alien who landed on earth 400 years ago during Joseon dynasty, eventually falls in love with Korea’s top actress in the modern era.
Though this will not fall under the category of K-drama shows, Running man is a reality-variety show that also used Petite France to shoot some of its episodes (ep. 40 & 204)
Petit France is where Ju-won meets Raim for the first time.
Petite France being a famous venue for photoshoot and filming is one of the highlights why people visit this place.
Flowers, stars, and the Little Prince – this was the concept when Petite France was built. Even up to this day, it remains truthful to its concept. So if you’re going to ask me, it didn’t disappoint me at all.
Inside a museum found in Petite France
You’ll be able to finish the Petite France tour in just an hour. Or maybe more if you enjoy taking pictures too much.
Oh, I would love to live in this house. So dreamy!
Petite France is made of dreams, art, and beauty. I’ve always imagined going to places like this when I was a kid. Isn’t that nostalgic?
Nami Island and Petite France are both an epitome of beauty. One depicts natural beauty and the other has the artistic kind of beauty. But because of their unique qualities, they serve as two of the best filming spots in Korea.
Like what the title of this blog tells you, this is just a glimpse. I suggest that you visit Jeju Island for an extensive experience of the Korean drama world. Aside from autumn and winter, I look forward to come back to Korea for Jeju (and Busan!).
Do you have a K-drama experience to share? Feel free to comment!