Traveling to South Korea never be complete if you don’t visit the ‘fake’ island named Namiseom island. Became famous as the main location for famous K-drama early 2000s named Winter Sonata, Namiseom island itself became one of prettiest places I’ve visited during my autumn trip at South Korea. To make it cuter, even it’s just only located at Chuncheon which around 90 minutes from Seoul, It feel like we visit another country name Naminara Republic because all tourist traveled to Namiseom island by passing an immigration gate and having entrance ticket as a visa, such a creative local tourism!
Namiseom island could be reach by ferry or if you’re enough brave, you could use zipwire. I choose ferry bcos it safer and free since its fee already included by entrance fee, and the ferry journey isn’t too long, it’s only around 10 minutes. And after we landed, the island itself is very well prepared for tourist’s visit next year by already having lovely 2017 wooden sign. Only in quick glance, I feel like Namiseom island has a romantic and friendly vibe based from all those lovely notes from autumn-leaves paper, ‘apa kabar’ message and even the leaves rubbish also was made to be a love symbol.
I also spotted so many memorabilia pictures from Kdrama Winter Sonata whereas Bae Yong Joon was still handsome oppa rather than an ahjussi back then. Some of Winter Sonata’s pics served as signs where the shooting location take place at Namiseom island which is consist oftheir first kiss’ location! The first kiss’ location of Winter Sonata also had mini snowman as its sign but sadly, it had some vandalism act which make white snowman full of stupid graffiti.
After all, the highlight of Namiseom island is its amazing autumn view! How could you’re not in love with those bright yellow gingko trees? And even the fall foliage isn’t perfectly complete, I already fell in love with Namiseom‘s autumn vibes. The yellow and red leaves give such a calm mood for myself and the sky is totally in bright blue which made everything became perfect. Anyway, the last pic isn’t a perfect autumn foliage’s view but I believe it was the place where 2 Days 1 Night did their valentine-friend trip at 2015.
1, Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Opening hours and entrance fee:
Based on ferry schedules, it open from 07.30 am until 21.40 pm
Entrance fee 10,000 won (adult). For foreigners, I recommend for using discount coupons where you could have discount around 2,000 won from the original entrance fee.
How to go there:
By Subway and continue by Gapyeong City Bus Tour and by ferry boat. From Seoul, take subway to Gyeongchun Line and get off at Gapyeong Station Exit 1. Gapyeong City Bus Tour cost 6,000 won for one day pass. To check bus time-schedule and its route, please click here. Gapyeong City Bus Tour come ontime and will pick you up at the bus shelter in front of Gapyeong Station and then get off at Namiseom island bus shelter and continued by ferry boat which operated at 30 minutes interval since 07.30 am.
Level of love:
♥♥♥♥♥ (Maximun love for Namiseom island bcos of the amazing gingko tree view at autumn, I don’t mind for coming back again someday!)