Nami Island has been popularized by the Korean drama, Winter Sonata, as it is indeed a picturesque, romantic filming venue. Many couples even fly to South Korea to get those remarkable prenuptial photos in the island. When a friend then asked during our year-end dinner, “I’m going to SK, what should I see?” Without second thoughts, I answered, “You should not miss Nami Island.”
About Nami Island
Located in Chuncheon, South Korea, Nami Island is a half-moon shaped island that was formed as a result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam. Its name came from General Nami whose tomb can be found in the place. General Nami was falsely accused of treachery by the seventh king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Sejo, which resulted to his death by execution.
Former Bank of Korea governor Minn Byeong-do bought the deserted Nami Island because of his desire to retire with nature. With his dedication to reforest the land, Nami has become the beautiful piece of island that it is today.
When to Visit Nami Island
Nami Island boasts of being stunning in whatever season. My most favorite would be autumn when the island is decorated with striking colors of red, orange, and yellow.
If given the chance to go back, I’d like to see the cherry blossoms during spring. And even if I despise extremely cold temperatures, I would love to experience Nami Island when it transforms into a winter wonderland.
Things to Do in Nami Island
Providing nature’s retreat, Nami Island is definitely more than just a postcard pretty destination. There are actually many things that you can do in the place that an hour travel time from Seoul would be worth it.
1. Enjoy the short and scenic ferry ride.
The sweet five-minute ferry ride from the Gapyeong wharf would give you a sneak peak of the natural beauty Nami has to offer. Look around!
2. See General Nami’s tomb.
Don’t forget to see the tomb of General Nami to which the island was named after.
3. Stroll around and take gorgeous photos.
This will definitely be one of the best walks you can take in your life! If you have the time, take it slowly.
4. Rent a bike.
To get to see more of Nami Island, rent a bike. Further indulge yourself in the tranquility of nature.
5. Delight with free-spirited animals.
Different animals roam in Nami Island. Don’t be surprised to see rabbits chasing each other. Ostriches are crowd favorite, too.
6. Metasequioa lane photo-op.
This is probably one of the most famous photo-op spots in the entire island. The tall metasequioa trees created a mesmerizing path that was greatly featured by the Korean drama, Winter Sonata. It has then become an important symbol of Nami Island.
7. Relive the Korean drama, Winter Sonata.
Speaking of Winter Sonata, you can check out the drama’s memorabilia in the island. I’m personally not a fan (as I am a late k-drama convert) but seeing them was quite amusing.
8. Visit Yeoncheon Jeongok-ri Site.
You can also find the world renowned pleistocene hominid’s habitat, the unique ancient huts, at Yeoncheon Jeongok-ri Site.
9. Go on food trip.
After feasting your eyes with scenic views, take a mouthwatering feast at the various restaurants located in the island. Don’t forget to try the delicious steamed red bean bun! Yum!
10. Sip good coffee.
If you are like me who spend extra money for a cup of coffee, there is no better way to end your Nami Island tour especially during the cold months by sipping some hot espresso.
Address: 1, Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do