If you’re an avid fan of Korean Dramas, then you would have heard of the hugely popular TV drama, Winter Sonata (Gyeoul Yeonga) which was first released in Korea in 2002. Nami Island is the location of where many of the scenes were shot and fans from all over the world visit it every year to have a glimpse of it.
Most fans fell in love with the winter scenes but I feel that autumn would be the loveliest time to visit because of the beautiful poplar tree lined roads and chestnut trees. And with a burst of different autumn colours, you’re bound to capture incredible photographs. Nami Island is about 63km away from Seoul in the direction of Chuncheon, which might take you about an hour and a half to two hours of travel time.
I happened to travel during the summer and it can be quite crowded because the island is seen as a summer holiday destination for families. Visitors can rent bicycles around the island or enjoy boating around the island and various water-sports during the summer.
The snowmen you see at the entrance are just adorable. Look at the one with green heart-shaped eyes, the one with the giant smile, the one with the smug smirk, or that one with the “It wasn’t me” look. Super cute. It really tempted me to steal one, but of course, I didn’t.
The other snowman just reminded me of PSY. Gangnam Style is just too viral.
I guess the snowmen are sort of a mascot for the drama because of the famous snowman and snowwoman kissing scene in Winter Sonata, so you will see several of them around the island and mini snowman trinkets in souvenir shops on the island.
Look at the faces of the snowmen greeting visitors. The sun must have been too harsh. –_–
Apparently there is supposed to be a field of ostriches, but I guess I missed it along the way. I read online that the ostriches are only allowed to roam the fields if there aren’t too many visitors and you can try and race them when you ride your bicycle along the edge of the field. I’m guessing there’s a fence. There has to be one right? Can you imagine getting harassed by ostriches? Even if you’re on a bicycle, you had better have powerful legs to try and get away from one.
Nami Island looks like a leaf or half a moon, as you can see on the map. If you’re just walking straight through the island on the main path, it would probably take you a good 2-3 hours to have a good look.
This is one of the main attractions for Winter Sonata fans. A poster shot of the couple from the K-drama. There was a line of people waiting to snap a photo with it. The funny, or sad, thing is that most of the girls would sit in front of the female actress (Choi Ji-woo) and pretend that the actor (Bae Yong-joon) was holding them instead. Poor Ji-woo.
This is another main attraction for Winter Sonata fans. A statue of the couple. This time, people were hugging the statue.
What comes next is the Winter Sonata Gallery.
Snowmen again! This time with a cute face and a cheeky smile.
Here’s a little back story of the General that the island was named after.
If you look closely at green tree on the right, you would notice that it’s made up of green bottles.
How To Get There
[Taxi + Ferry]
From Gapyeong Bus Terminal or Gapyeong Station, take a taxi to Namiseom parking lot. (Travel time: 10-15 min)
Take the ferry from Namiseom Dock to Namiseom Island. (Travel time: 5-6 min)
* Bus stops
1) Insa-dong (Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 3): Next to Tapgol Park
2) Namdaemun Gate (Sungnyemum Square Bus Stop in front of Namdaemun Market)
3) Namiseom Island (Parking lot in front of ticket booth)
* Bus schedule (Insa-dong/Namdaemun Gate ↔ Namiseom Island)
– Available days: Mondays-Sundays (* Note: the service is not unavailable on Chuseok).
– Departing time: Insa-dong at 09:30 / Namdaemun Gate 09:30 / Namiseom Island at 16:00
Adults 15,000 won (round-trip), 7,500 won (one way) / Children (age 24 months-12) 13,000 won (round trip),
6,500 won (one way)