This half-moon-shaped island in the southwest of Chuncheon served as a setting in the popular Korean TV drama Winter Sonata. Namiseom offers a peaceful escape from the bustle of Seoul with facilities for bike riding, ziplining, camping, and boating. The island’s redwoods, ginkgos, and pines offer a habitat for roaming deer and waterfowl.
Thanks to its scenic beauty and cultural significance, Nami Island has become one of the most popular day trip destinations from Seoul. An entrance ticket to the island includes round-trip transportation on the ferry from Gapyeong Wharf.
Many day trips to the island also include a visit to Petite France, a cultural village that looks like it belongs in the Piedmont Alps. Tours might also include stops at the Garden of the Morning Calm or the Elysian Ski Resort, depending on the season.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Namiseom Island is a must-visit for couples and Korean pop culture enthusiasts.
- Allot about eight to 10 hours for a day trip to the island and other nearby attractions.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes, and don’t forget sun protection, especially in the summer.
How to Get There
The easiest way to reach the island is to take the train from Chuncheon to Gapyeong (about a 20-minute ride) and then walk to the wharf where you can catch a ferry to the island.
When to Get There
The island attracts visitors year-round, with each season having its own appeal. Spring brings cherry blossoms (typically during the month of April), and the island is lush and green during summer. It’s a popular place for leaf peeping come autumn, while couples come in winter to experience the snow-covered landscape as seen in Winter Sonata.
Top Photo Ops on Nami Island
Nami Island, which is perhaps best known for its tree-lined lanes, is undeniably photogenic. The Central Korean Pine Tree Lane, which leads through the center of the island, is a must-visit. In autumn, yellow-covered leaves make Ginkgo Tree Lane particularly scenic, while the towering redwoods of Metasequoia Lane, stunning throughout the year, are worth visiting. If you’re a fan of Korean dramas, be sure to visit the Winter Sonata Statue in Gongsaengwon Garden.