Seoul Adventure: Nami Island and How to Get There

Nami Island
Nami Island

I dropped by Nami Island on this trip to Seoul as well. Mostly because I have heard many people say that it is a nice place so I thought why not?

Nami Island is about 2 hours or so outside Seoul and you can get there pretty easily by the Seoul subway/ITX train system. Here’s a route map on how to get there:

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I based the starting point from Myeongdong Station but you really don’t need to start there. You can start from any station convenient to you just as long as you end up at Gapyeong Station on the Gyeongchun Line.

Gapyeong Station - Nami Island
Gapyeong Station – Nami Island

There is only one exit at Gapyeong Station so just get out of the station and take the bus 33-5 or just take a cab to the Ferry Terminal to get to Nami Island. There is also a Tourist Information Centre outside the train station by the bus stop so you can ask around for directions as well.

I went to Nami Island on a public holiday in South Korea so the bus was really crowded and I walked to the Ferry Terminal instead. It’s not too bad a walk really (by Singaporean standards), about 20 – 30 minutes. The route isn’t very complicated as well as you can see from the Naver map embed above. We walked along the road following the road signs and there were quite a few people walking as well and we just followed them.

And I’m not sure if it is just me but there is NO wifi signal for the egg at some point on the train to Gapyeong so yeah, I had to navigate the route there using an offline copy of the map, road signs and following the crowd.

It was a good thing we walked because there was a massive traffic jam towards Nami Island and we would have wasted so much time waiting for the bus and get stuck in the jam.

Do take note that there are 2 types of trains to Gapyeong; the normal one (single deck) and the ITX (double deck). It doesn’t matter when you are heading towards Gapyeong but it DOES MATTER when you are heading back.

I boarded the ITX when I was coming back from Nami Island and I made the mistake of falling asleep on the train and missing our stop to get off and make a train transfer. LOL.

The ITX doesn’t stop at every station so you might end up at some odd station quite far from where you intend to go and have to make a large detour via the regular subway lines to get back to your original destination.

Nami Island
Nami Island

Anyway, Nami Island is about the size of Sentosa or a bit smaller so one full day there is good. We had good weather when we were there and it was lucky that we packed some food and snacks along and we had a nice picnic by the river.

Nami Island
Nami Island

There are food outlets on Nami Island itself but I think it’s a waste to eat indoors when the weather is glorious. Just buy a take out or something if you don’t want to bring your own food and find a nice spot to picnic.

If you are a fan of Winter Sonata, there’s a board there which marks the various spots where they scenes of Winter Sonanta was filmed so feel free to go fangirl with all the other females who are in the queue to take a picture with the Bae Yong Joon board there. LOL.

That said, photos from Nami Island. Enjoy.

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