Being a One Piece fan, I couldn’t help but associate Nami Island with Nami, the strawhat pirates’ navigator. But it turns out that the island is named after General Nami, a key figure during King Sejo’s reign.
One very interesting fact to note too is that Naminara Republic is said to have its own diplomatic and cultural policies. The official site says that Naminara Republic has declared its cultural independence from the Republic of Korea. I can’t honestly wrap my head around it though, but I thought I’d share it since I found the different names confusing (Nami Island, Namiseom, Naminara Republic).
Nami Island has become very popular because Winter Sonata was shot here. They have spots in the island telling you exactly where some memorable scenes were taken. Personally, not a fan of Winter Sonata nor of K-drama, so I wasn’t really excited about this one 😐
Anyway, here are some pics of our half-day stay in Nami Island, or at least the parts I liked the most:
[Taxi + Ferry]
From Gapyeong Bus Terminal or Gapyeong Station, take a taxi to Namiseom parking lot. (Travel time: 10-15 min)
– Take the ferry from Namiseom Dock to Namiseom Island. (Travel time: 5-6 min)
* Bus stops
1) Insa-dong (Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 3): Next to Tapgol Park
2) Namdaemun Gate (Sungnyemum Square Bus Stop in front of Namdaemun Market)
3) Namiseom Island (Parking lot in front of ticket booth)
* Bus schedule (Insa-dong/Namdaemun Gate ↔ Namiseom Island)
– Available days: Mondays-Sundays (* Note: the service is not unavailable on Chuseok).
– Departing time: Insa-dong at 09:30 / Namdaemun Gate 09:30 / Namiseom Island at 16:00
Adults 15,000 won (round-trip), 7,500 won (one way) / Children (age 24 months-12) 13,000 won (round trip),
6,500 won (one way)
* Advanced reservation required (inquiries +82-2-753-1247),and more information is found here.