For a long time I heard the stories of the beautiful island called namiseom. The island of lovers and fun. The beautiful sceneries which you can see between the mountains in Gwangwon-do. most of you might know the island from the korean drama called “Winter Sonata”. I have been wanting to go there for quite some time, and last May i finally decided to set this through! Together with my boyfriend I travelled by metro, bus, train and taxi to get to the area near Namiseom. It was quite the journey and it lasted for about 90 minutes before we finally arrived. The first thing I noticed was that the area was quite the tourist attraction, even though it’s far from the Seoul city center. People from many countries, but mostly Asian countries were strolling around to get to the Island.
There are 2 ways to get to the Island. Once of them is using the zip line. You can zip right to the Island. Since my boyfriend is not a fan of heights we decided to take the most used way, the boat. The boat took us in no longer than 10 minutes to the half moon shaped island. Here we were greeted by a big board, which said “welcome” in many different languages. Then we started scavenging on the beautiful island.
The first thing that caught my attention where the gorgeous ostriches (FYI i love birds). They had a nice field where they could walk around freely. There were many small waterfalls and ponds all over the place. Some with beautifuf lily flowers, others having small human made waterfalls.
There were several small eateries on the Island as well. Makkeoli was one of the traditional drinks which are sold on the island. Surrounded by nature and squirrels showing themselves every now and then. There was a place to rend bicycles, and as dutch as I am I couldn’t let that go to waste. For a small price (I don’t remember it exactly, but it wasn’t too expensive) we rented 2 bikes. A tandem was also available, but we decided to go for the regular ones. With this bike we were able to explorer the island much quicker and have a fun time while conveniently moving around.
After 1 hour we returned the cycles and moved on my foot. We were able to shoot some beautiful pictures and see the sceneries as the sun was about to go down. The air was quite fresh compared to Seoul, where the air pollution is slowly taking over.
We went back and ended the nice day out with some quality chicken Galbi with Cheese. The Island is a total recommendation for couples and friends. It is a beautiful scenery in which you can enjoy some quality zen time away from the super busy streets of Seoul.
The Island is named after General Nami. On the island itself rests the grave of General Nami, who led a great victory against the rebels in the 13th year of the 7th king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Sejo (reign 1455-1468).
1, Namiseom-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
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