Day 2 – Getting to Nami Island 남이섬 南怡岛 in Chuncheon 春川 on 11Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

itx train tickets

itx train tickets

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 is one of the destinations popularised by winter sonata 冬季恋歌 2002

it’s one of the many korean dramas my family watched (still watches). haha!

we went on a korea tour in 2003 & during winter! covering chuncheon 春川, soraksan, sokcho 束草, yongpyong ski resort, when the children were still quite young.

strangely though, i remembered clearly that our korean driver took us to (to be safe especially driving in treacherous winter roads, we had a personal paid english speaking korean driver & MPV to take us for the entire trip) –

jungdo중도中岛观光地, & according to this link – 

KBS电视剧《冬季恋歌》、电影《娃妮和俊河》、SBS电视剧《父与子》等都曾在中岛取景

Now though nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 is the goto place.

after reading the many good guides on getting to Nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 by several bloggers,

we booked our tickets from yongsan (seoul) to gapyeong (chuncheon) on itx trains(for ourselves staying at hongdae, we find yongsan to be most convenient!).

its quite simple.

go to the link http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfTicketSearch.do#

enter yongsan & gapyeong in the “Departure/Arrival” boxes,

choose itx-cheongchun in the “Train” dropdown menu,

pick your date & hit “Inquiry” button (they meant Enquiry la…)

be at the ticket window of a korail station early to collect your tickets

be at the ticket window of a korail station early to collect your tickets

be at the ticket window of a korail station early (with passport & reservation confirmation slip) to collect your tickets – like 1/2hr before.

itx train

itx train

train was quite comfortable.

on our way back though, we did not make reservation, so had to stand (sit on the floor) almost the entire journey! it was a friday! so look at the timetable & book your return as well.

gapyeong station

gapyeong station

we arrived at gapyeong station in chuncheong about 9.30am.

commuter bus stop opposite side of road, gapyeong station

commuter bus stop opposite side of road, gapyeong station

we crossed over the road to take the commuter bus. can’t remember the fare. paid with our T-money card.

tour bus stop outside gapyeong station

tour bus stop outside gapyeong station

the tourist shuttle bus cost 5,000 won. we were taking just one stop to nami island so did not need that.

nami island ferry point shops

nami island ferry point shops

there are many dakgalbi (chicken rib) 닭갈비 restaurants at the ferry point carpark area.

we later had lunch at mr dakgalbi. ^^

nami island ferry point shops

nami island ferry point shops

but first to get to the ferry to go over to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛.

ferry to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

ferry to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

on the ferry leaving for ferry to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

on the ferry leaving for ferry to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

the return adult ferry fare is 8,000won.

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

arriving at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

arriving at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

arriving at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

arriving at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

nami island 남이섬 南怡岛 ferry point

ferry leaving nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

ferry leaving nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

arrived at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛 & took some photo at the ferry point.

see here for the awesome autumn colours-

https://chefquak.com/2016/12/08/day-2-awesome-autumn-colours-on-nami-island-in-chuncheon-on-11nov2016-seoul-10-13nov2016/

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛  

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

they also aspire to be secret garden, one with a hundred maples….

what is merlion in nami Island 남이선 南怡岛?

what is merlion in nami Island 남이선 南怡岛?

thye got merlion too? a bit commercialised here…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛?

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛?

& they have this obsession with naminara republic, make-believe land of fairy tales, & their passport & central bank…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛...

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛..

nami island

nami island

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

rest stop for coffee & red bean pastry, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

a great rest stop, for coffee & more…

queue for red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

queue for red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

a nice treat, very tasty red beans, not too sweet, & hot & crispy dough….

red bean fried pastry stall nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

fast food factory, can ram up production quite a bit…

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

we bought a second one…it was very nice.

red bean fried pastry stall, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

see again the fallong leaves…in slow mo…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

happy mother nursing sculture, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

happy mother nursing sculture, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

happy mother nursing sculture, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

happy mother nursing sculture, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

like this happy mother nursing sculture…

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

another view of this awesome red maple…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

sake bottles, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

sake bottles, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

sake bottles, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

sake bottles for the wall…

nami island

nami island

we walked to the quiter side of the island.

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

& along the coastline back towards the ferry point.

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

what about the ostrich? nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

what about the ostrich? nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

rows of ostrich toys….

zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

you can also take a zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛.

see the 2 black specks?

zip wire to nami island

zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

zip wire to nami island

zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

it’s a one directional journey from the tower, then by same ferry as we were taking back.

zip wire nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

zip wire nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

back at the ferry point on the mainland.

we checked the itx train schedule…we were in good time for lunch then catch the bus to gapyeong station to take the itx train back to yongsan station in seoul.

c.h.e.f andy

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