Namiseom by train

Namiseom (Hangeul: 남이섬) is one of the tourist spots in Korea that I’ve been to several times. I’ve also posted about some of those trips on my blog. The last time I was there was in early November, when my two sisters from the Philippines came to visit us. We went there on their third day here.

From Hoegi Station, we took the Jungang line to Sangbong Stn (line 7, Jungang line). We transferred to Gyeongchun line and we were lucky to be there about two minutes before the train left. Trains run three times in an hour. The fare is only 1,800 won. The ride took just 51 minutes. We got off Gapyeong Stn (about 13 stops from Sangbong) and took a taxi to Namiseom. (Tip: Tell the taxi driver “Na-mi-seom ka-ju-se-yo”) Namiseom is only about two kilometers from the station. I paid less than 3,000 won.

Take the Gyeongchun line at Sangbong station (top) and get off at Gapyeong station (bottom).
Take the Gyeongchun line at Sangbong station (top) and get off at Gapyeong station (bottom).

It is necessary to get a “visa” to get to Naminara. They give a 2,000 won discount to foreigners so I only paid 8,000 won each instead of 10,000 won. Tourist maps are available at the ticket booths. Then we’re off to the ferry for the short ride to the island.

Naminara "visa" and the "Mermaid" ferry
Naminara "visa" and the "Mermaid" ferry

The first time that I visited Nami was in the summer of 2005. That time it was popularly known as the filming location of “Winter Sonata”, the drama starring Bae Yong Joon, Choi Ji Woo and the late Park Yong Ha. So many “improvements” have been made from that time. There are more restaurants now and more facilities for tourists, located at the center of the island. The good thing is the natural surrounding has been preserved.

Something to post on Facebook ;p
Pose and post it on Facebook ;p

Namiseom is a nice place to take a walk, ride a bike, have a picnic, play games, try Korean food, and of course – take tons of pictures! My favorite part of the island is the footpath lined by metasequoia trees and another path with gingko trees. I also love the trail along the coast where the pension houses are.

A place where women and chickens mingle ;p
A place where women and chickens mingle ;p

Here are some more pictures that I took on our last visit in autumn:

The famous footpath with metasequoia trees
The famous footpath with metasequoia trees
Autumn is a lovely time to visit Namiseom
Autumn is a lovely time to visit Namiseom
Ride a bike or just take a leisurely walk
Ride a bike or just walk hand in hand at Namiseom's numerous trails

By the way, don’t forget to have “dalk kalbi” (spicy chicken with rice cakes, sweet potatoes and veggies) and “mak-guksu” (noodle dish with spicy sauce) – both are specialties of the region. I had “mak-guksu” for 6,000 won at one of the restaurants there.

Mak-guksu - a specialty of Gangwon province
Mak-guksu - a specialty of Gangwon province

Namiseom is a beautiful place to visit in winter, spring, summer or autumn. You might want to check my other entries:

Nami Island Once Again (November 16, 2009)
Nami Island – the 4th time around (May 27, 2008)
Pinoy Abroad team in Nami Island (August 11, 2006)
Early Autumn in Namiseom (October 12, 2005)
A Summer’s Day in Namiseom (October 11, 2005)

6 thoughts on “Namiseom by train

  • January 28, 2012 at 9:24 am
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    Thanks for posting this ate betchay~ i will visit nami island by april and i’m very excited to see this place 😀

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  • January 29, 2012 at 4:12 am
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    Hello Ms Betchay!! ^ ^

    the leaves have changed shades!! It was still kind of green when I visit it during early October! 🙁

    If only I went during November! the boat trip is really crowded with people and some drama settings were film there weren’t they? 😀

    Have replied to your email! Do check ^ ^ Thank you!

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  • January 29, 2012 at 10:00 am
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    wala na yung inverted umbrellas..

    oh, the makguksu! avaialable yan sa SM dito samen sa Batangas. natry n nmin, ansarap.hehehe.

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  • February 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm
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    I went there though train too Ms. Betchay, thanks to your detailed directions on your last blog post. I remember running away from the ostrich because the little dog barked at it and it got angry. I thought it was going to attack us. haha!

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  • February 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm
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    Hi Betchay.

    Hope all is well with you :). I’ve been planning to visit Korea in autumn for my next visit. And after reading your posting on your sisters visit & looking at the photos I’m getting all excited….huhuhu :). Just want to ask you what is the best month to go during autumn, between Oct & Nov? To really see the foliage all turn yellow/orange. I watched 2Days 1Night during their autumn trip recently & wish that I can visit those places that the member went especially Seugun. He went to Daedunsan, Geumgansan of Honam (not sure if I got this right). He took the cable car at the mountain & with the autumn scenery, wow, it is so nice ;-). Is Daedunsan very far from Seoul?

    Thanks Betchay & take care ^0^.

    Regards,
    Iza

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