Nami Island Guide for Foodies | Where & What to Eat

Treat yourself after enjoying the beautiful scenery in Nami Island!

Being one of the most-visited tourist hotspots near the capital city of Seoul, Nami Island attracts large crowds of visitors looking for beautiful natural scenery.

While it is widely known for its amazing natural attractions, the island also offers fun foodie experiences.

For foodies, here we have picked our favorite restaurants and cafes in Nami Island, with their signatures or must-try menus!

For the locations of the cafes and restaurants featured in this blog post, refer to our map below.nami-island-trazy-map

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5 Best Places to Eat & Drink in Nami Island

1. Dongmoon

Dongmoon Restaurant serves Asian fusion cuisine and it is the only halal-certified restaurant on the island which gives more choices for Muslim and vegan travelers.

| Must-try Menus: Stir-fried eggplant with eohyang sauce (22,000 KRW~)

| Location: 1st Floor of Baplex building

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2. Yeonga Lunch Box

Yeonga Lunch Box serves ‘dosirak’, or a Korean-style lunch box, which is one of the cheapest menus you can find on Nami Island. The best way to enjoy ‘dosirak’ is to shake the lunchbox before you eat!

| Must-try Menus: Korean-style lunch box (6,500 KRW)

| Location: 1st Floor of Baplex building

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3. Book Café

Looking for a light lunch? Head over to Book Cafe. It is a unique cafe where you can find walls filled with books, and a variety of drink and dessert options.

| Must-Try Menus: Natural Ice Cream (4,000 KRW)

| Location: Inside the Baplex building

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4. Swing Café

Offering a gorgeous view of Bukhan River, combined with soft music playing in the background, no other cafe can beat the atmosphere of Swing Cafe.

| Must-try Menus: Croissants which are freshly baked 3 times a day (2,200 KRW for each), Pine Nuts Flavored Gelato (5,000 KRW)

| Location: 1st Floor of the Song Museum near the entrance of the island

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5. Snow Cafe

Stop by the Snow Cafe where you can find cute snowmen statues to take pictures with. Try the bread that looks like a snowman or enjoy the sundaes and cakes!

| Must-try Menus: Snowman Bread (3,000 KRW for 6 pcs)

| Location: Near Customer Service Center in Gapyeong Wharf

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| NOTE: Except for Swing Cafe and Snow Cafe, the rest of the spots are located in and around ‘Baplex’ building, a large food-and-drink complex situated in the center of Nami Island (refer to the map above).

Other must-try treats in Nami Island

Don’t miss out on Nami Island’s tasty sweet treats, ‘Snowman Hotteok (Korean sweet pancake)’ and ‘Mayak Oksusu (roasted corn)’! They are extremely popular especially during the winter months.

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People standing in line to buy Snowman Pancake.
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If you haven’t tried Korean sweet pancakes yet, now’s your time.
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This roasted corn is sooo addictive!

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Nami Island Bucket List: Top 5 Things to Do in Nami Island, Korea

Visit Nami Island in Korea, one of the best tourist destinations near Seoul!

nami-island-guide-(40)Nami Island, located near Seoul, is one of the most popular destinations for tourists to Korea for its various natural and cultural attractions.

With so many ways to experience the magic of Nami Island, here we have come up with five experiences you absolutely must have on your trip to Nami Island.

As you read, use our map below to find the spots featured in this blog post.nami-island-trazy-map

To go to Nami Island, simply book this shuttle bus package.

1. Step into nature

| Tree-lined paths

Among the beautiful tree-lined paths in Nami Island, below are the three most popular paths you should definitely take:

  1. The Central Korean Pine Tree Lane 

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    A main pine tree-lined path that leads to the center of the island.
  2.  Ginkgo Tree Lane

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    A tree lane that comes into its full glory in autumn.

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    During autumn, Ginkgo Tree Lane offers a splendor of the vivid yellow ginkgo leaves.
  3. Metasequoia Lane

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A magnificent redwood-lined path.

| Woods & Riverside Paths

Take a stroll along the scenic riverside paths in the southern part of Nami Island.

As soon as you walk out of Lovers’ Wood (refer to the map above), you can find wooden walks for strolls around the water’s edge.

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Lovers’ Wood, a romantic path to walk through with your other half.

2. Navigate on fun transport

For those who want to navigate the island easily and conveniently, there are various modes of transport available in Nami Island.

If you are not a walker, we recommend you to get a bicycle or hop on an electric tour car!nami-island-experiencesnami-island-experiences-(2)nami-island-guide-(27)

For more info on transport options available on Nami Island click here.

3. Follow in the footsteps of Winter Sonata

While Nami Island is one of the popular shooting locations for Korean dramas and variety shows, including My Love from the Star, Secret Garden and Running Man, it is most famous for being featured in the 2002 hit drama, Winter Sonata, starred by Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo.

On the island, you can find a statue of the main characters and a special photo zone for visitors to take pictures.

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A statue of the main characters from Winter Sonata in Gongsaengwon Garden.

There are also replicas of snowmen from the iconic kissing scene in Winter Sonata, or also known as the “Snowmen Kiss”, where the male lead character builds two snowmen, makes them kiss and then steals a kiss from the female lead character. Try and recreate this scene with your other half while in Nami Island!

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A replica of mini snowmen statue from the kissing scene in Winter Sonata.

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4. Take photos with Nami Island’s superstar ostrich

Don’t be surprised when you see an ostrich on the loose in Nami Island.

They are one of the animals you can find on the island and sometimes they get out of the pen and roam around. Don’t be afraid and try taking photos with them (but don’t get too close)!

You will find ostrich pen on your left when walking along the Central Korean Pine Tree Lane.

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Nami Island’s superstar ostrich, “Gganta.”

5. Buy a souvenir to cherish your memories of Nami Island

Drop by a gift shop near the entrance or around the center of the island before you leave (refer to the map above).

  • Artshop Snowman: Near the Maple Lane of True Love
  • Artshop Imagine Nami: Near Baplex

You can find a variety of accessories including rings, bracelets, bookmarks, key chains and many more, all of which are designed with the iconic “snowman”.

These umbrellas with designs of the best natural attractions of Nami Island below can be great keepsakes as well. Costs 35,000 KRW for each.nami-island-guide-(11)

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What’s the Best Way to Go to Nami Island from Seoul?

Visit one of the most popular destinations near Seoul, Nami Island.

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Nami Island (Namiseom), or officially called Naminara Republic, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Korea for its breathtaking natural scenery.

Located in the city of Chuncheon, the island is only about two hours away from Seoul – perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

However, visitors must travel out of Seoul and transportation can be a bit tricky.

But don’t worry, Trazy is here to help you find the best way to go to Nami Island.

How do I go to Nami Island from Seoul?

There are three ways you can get to Nami Island from Seoul:

If you can’t decide which one to take, use this chart below to see which is suitable for you.nami-transporation-table

Book a shuttle bus or a tour to Nami Island.

For personalized day trips or custom tours, request a quote to inquiry@trazy.com.

How do I get inside Nami Island?

Since Nami Island is inaccessible by land transport, the only way to get to the island is to take a ferry and zip wire from Gapyeong Wharf.

1. By Ferry

Taking a ferry to Nami Island is a great way to take in the surrounding mountains and lake, and a one-way ride takes takes about 5 minutes. nami-island-guide-(43)

| Price: 8,000 KRW for foreigners, free for children 36 months and younger. Round-trip ferry fare is included in the entrance ticket.

| Where to Buy Tickets: Ticket office is located near the Immigration Gate.

| TIP: Entrance ticket is included in the shuttle bus package and all the Nami Island Tours offered by Trazy.

| Ferry Schedule:

  • 7:30am-9:00am Every 30 mins (First ferry at 7:30am)
  • 9:00am-6:00pm Every 10-20 mins
  • 6:00pm-9:40pm Every 30 mins (Last ferry at 9:40pm)

2. By Zip-wire

Another way to get into Nami Island is by a zip-wire run by Nami Skyline ZipWire ZipRider.

The ride lasts about one minute and the riders are able to see the lake and island from above.

nami-island-guide-(42)| Price: 38,000 KRW one-way, per person. Admission to Nami Island and one-way ferry fare are included in the price.

| Where to Buy Tickets: Visit the ZipWire Tower located near the dock in Gapyeong Wharf.

| NOTE: Only on-site registration is available. The waiting line can be very long.

| Operation Hours:

  • 9:00am-7:00pm (Summer)
  • 9:00am-6:00pm (Winter)

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7 Best Festivals in May 2017 | South Korea Festivals Guide

From romantic spring flower festivals to star-studded spectacular music festival, the month of May in Korea is filled with plenty of wonderful festivals.

Check out all ongoing and upcoming festivals and events for May 2017 in South Korea and find the perfect fest with our festival guide!

1. Taean Tulip Festival 2017

Immerse yourself in 1.5 million tulips and other spring flowers!

Recognized as one of the World’s Top 5 Tulip Festivals by the World Tulip Summit Society (WTSS), Taean Tulip Festival is by far the largest tulip festival in South Korea.

While you can appreciate the beautiful tulips and spring flowers during the day, you can enjoy a fantastic array of impressive light displays at night!

  • Date: April 13~May 10
  • Venue: Taean County, Chungcheongnam-do Province (western part of Korea)
  • Book one-day trip

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2. The Garden of Morning Calm Spring Flower Festival

Come and see the stunning gardens of colorful spring flowers at the Garden of Morning Calm, which is one of the most beloved gardens that offer fantastic flowers all year round.

Visit Nami Island nearby as well! It’s another famous destination where you can enjoy a stroll along scenic tree-lined paths and gardens.

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3. Boseong Green Tea Festival 2017

Prepare to be stunned by the endless stretches of green tea fields covering the entire hillside of Boseong Green Tea Plantation!

Selected as one of the “31 Beautiful Sights on This Incredible Planet” by CNN, this breathtaking natural scenery awaits you in Boseong Green Tea Festival.

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  • Date: May 3~May 7
  • Venue: Boseong County, Jeollanam-do Province (southwestern part of Korea)
  • Book one-day trip

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4. Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival 2017)

Every year, Busan, a beautiful port city in South Korea, offers an incredible display of colorful lanterns in celebration of Buddha’s birthday, giving visitors an unforgettable experience.

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5. Seoul World DJ Festival 2017

After 7 long years of waiting, the World DJ Festival is finally returning to Seoul on May 13 & 14! Bringing top-notch EDM artists and DJs including Alan Walker, Brennan Hear, Jauz, Sultan+Shepard, Party Favor, Zeds Dead and many more. seoul-world-dj-festival-(2)

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6. Gangneung Danoje Festival Tour

Gangneung Danoje Festival is one of the biggest folk festivals in Korea that is listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. During the festival, you will be able to witness shamanistic ritual of the Joseon Dynasty and enjoy folk performances, Korean traditional wrestling called ‘ssireum‘ and many other cultural events.gangneung-danoje-festival

  • Date: May 27~June 3
  • Venue: Gangneung City, Gangwon-do Province (eastern part of Korea)
  • Book one-day trip

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7. Samcheok Rose Festival

Take a stroll through the vast, open gardens of beautiful roses in Samcheok City. Nearby the venue of the rose festival, you can also enjoy a rail bike with your beloved ones while taking in the beautiful scenery along the east coast of Korea.samcheok-rose-festivalsamcheok-rail-bike

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An Ultimate Guide to Nami Island in Korea

Take a trip to Nami Island in Korea, one of the best tourist destinations near Seoul!

nami-island-guide-(1)When it comes to Korea’s top travel destinations, Nami Island, also known as ‘Namiseom (남이섬)’, is always on top of the list for good reason.

From beautiful tree lanes and woodlands to riverside walks, it is just surprising how this small island has it all.

Plus, you won’t need to venture far since the island is close enough to Seoul to make a day trip.

Where is Nami Island?

Located in the city of Chuncheon, northeast of Seoul, it takes roughly one and a half hours from Seoul to Nami Island.

Around Nami Island, there are many other popular attractions for you to explore as well, including Petite France, Gangchon Rail Park and the Garden of Morning Calm – all of which are worth a visit.

What is the best way to go to Nami Island from Seoul?

When using public transportation, it can be a long, inconvenient trip, taking at least 2 hours or more, while giving up comfort and convenience.

Taking these into account, you will be far better off taking either a shuttle bus or a tour.

Both can really save your time and make your trip way more convenient.

Check out the most popular Nami Island tour here.

When is the best time to visit Nami Island?

Four seasons of Nami Island

To be honest, there is no “best time” to visit Nami Island. The island offers something special for everyone in every season.

1. Spring

In spring, trees and spring flowers begin to bloom in Nami Island and you won’t want to miss out on the beautiful cherry blossoms, which bloom around early April until mid-April.

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Nami Island in Spring

Weather: The weather is pleasant and mild, but the air can be crisp and cool.
Tip: Lightweight jackets or light, layered clothing work the best.

2. Summer

When summer brings lush greenery and flora to the island, take a stroll along a thick stand of pine trees and redwoods.

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Nami Island in Summer

Weather: Summer weather is hot and humid. There may be some rainy days so check the weather forecast before you visit.
Tip: Wear casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes. Bring an umbrella, hat, sunscreen, water bottle and a fan.

3. Autumn

During autumn, which is from mid-September to November, visitors can enjoy spectacular fall foliage created by ginkgo trees and maple trees in Nami Island.

The reed beds on the riverside are another nature’s gift you will be able to enjoy on the island.

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Nami Island in Autumn

Weather: Skies are cleat and the weather is cool and dry.
Tip: Wear a long sleeve t-shirt, long pants or a lightweight jacket.

4. Winter

Well known as a filming location of a popular Korean romance drama called “Winter Sonata (2002),” starred by Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, Nami Island is famous for being a romantic winter destination.

In winter, the snow-covered tree-lined paths and the tall, white birch trees in the island absolutely give you that magical feel!

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Nami Island in Winter

Weather: The weather is generally colder in January than December and February. Snow falls around late November, but it’s best to check the weather forecast for indication of snow before you go.
Tip: Wear a thick winter coat, thermals, sweater, thick socks, hat, gloves or mittens and a scarf.

5 Must-see spots in Nami Island

There are plenty of amazing attractions and sights in Nami Island! To help you make the most of your trip, here we’ve narrowed it down to top 5 must-see spots in Nami Island.

As you read, use our map below to find the spots featured in this blog post.

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Nami Island map with must-visit spots (click to enlarge).

1. The Central Korean Pine Tree Lane: A scenic path lined with thick pine trees leading to the center of the island.nami-island-guide (4)

2.  Ginkgo Tree Lane: A must-stop spot for enjoying the splendor of vivid yellow ginkgo leaves during autumn.nami-island-guide-(23).jpg

3. Metasequoia Lane: A path lined with giant redwood trees, offering a magnificent scenery.nami-island-guide-(34).jpg

4.  Riverside Paths: The wooden walks around the water’s edge where you can take in the stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains.nami-island-guide-(37).jpg

5. Gongsaengwon Garden (The Winter Sonata Statue): In this garden, you can find a statue of the main characters from “Winter Sonata” and a special photo zone for visitors to take souvenir pictures.nami-island-guide (1)

What you need to know about Nami Island

Nami Island, or officially called Naminara Republic, is an independent island-nation that has its own flag and currency. All visitors must buy a “passport”, or a ticket, and ride a ferry to get inside the island since it is inaccessible by land transport.nami-island-guide-(19)

| Price: 8,000 KRW for foreigners, free for children 36 months and younger. Round-trip ferry fare is included in the entrance ticket.

| Where to Buy Tickets: Ticket office is located near the Immigration Gate.

| Tip: Entrance ticket is included in the Nami Island shuttle bus package and all of Nami Island tours offered by Trazy.

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Popular Weekend Getaways Near Seoul: Nami Island & Petite France

Every season is a fabulous time for adventure when it comes to 2 popular travel destinations near Seoul, Nami Island and Petite France.

So, with your beloved ones go on an excursion to these wonderful places during the weekend! It takes around an hour and a half by drive from Seoul. 😉

1. Nami Island

남이섬 (76)Situated 63 km from Seoul in the middle of the North Han River appears the Nami Island, or Namisum (Namiseom), which resembles a half-moon in shape. 남이섬 (3)Best known as a filming location of the popular K-drama ‘Winter Sonata,’ you can understand why this island was chosen for the setting, right? 🙂남이섬(1)See how beautiful the island is in winter. It’s truly a winter wonderland!

Not just in the winter, but also every season offers a reason to visit Nami Island.

Along with its beautiful natural scenery that changes in colors by season, Nami Island also provides various cultural facilities and leisure activities that anybody can enjoy.남이섬 (73)So, when you’re in Nami Island, either rent a bicycle or a cart. They are the best way to enjoy the nature of the island to the fullest! 😉

For more information on Nami Island, click here.allowto_freedownload_landscape_1470Near Nami Island, there are various attractions and activities including Gangchon Rail Bike, the Garden of Morning Calm, Elysian Ski Resort and a strawberry-picking experience at a local farm.

2. Petite France

쁘띠프랑스 (15)Near Seoul, in Gapyeong, there’s a charming little French theme cultural village called Petite France, where you can spend a great time taking photos, watch marionette and puppet performances and many more!

This place is also well known as the filming location of popular Korean dramas: ‘Beethoven Virus (2008)’, ‘Secret Garden (2011)’ and ‘My Love from the Stars (2014)’. Plus, a popular Korean entertainment show called ‘Running Man’ was also filmed here.

From Orgel House, European Doll House, Marionette Museum, Antiques Museum, to Traditional French House, there are plenty of exhibitions halls and facilities where you can feel and explore the culture of France!

In Petite France, you may want to drop by the ‘Saint-Exupery Memorial Hall’. This is where you can appreciate the works of Saint-Exupery, a French author who wrote “Petite Prince” and “Night Flight”.

쁘띠프랑스 (8)Boasting beautiful scenes all year round, you are guaranteed to have a fabulous time anytime you visit Petite France.
쁘띠프랑스 (14)During the winter season, you will be able to see the starry lights all around the place! So, take your other half to Petite France this weekend, it’ll be absolutely romantic! 😉marionette_4.jpgOther attractions in Petite France include Guignol Puppet Performance, Marionette Performance, Orgel Demonstration & Explanation, Supernatural Power Time of Do Minjun, and Street Musician.photo_1There are also various cultural experience programs you may want to try: Plaster Art & Powder Painting, Stamp Event, Petite Photo Zone, Traditional French Games, Caricature, Petite Cloche, and Instant Digital Oil Painting. For details, click here.

How to get to Nami Island and Petite France

As there are no direct subway or bus connections from Seoul, the easiest way for first-time visitors and travelers to visit both Nami Island and Petite France is by signing up for a tour. nami-petite-one-day.jpgWithout having to worry about transportation, this one-day tour can make your journey very convenient and hassle-free. For more information or to sign up, click here.

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