Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nami Island

During the first weekend of April, a couple of friends and I took a day trip to Nami Island (님이 섬) on a warm Sunday. Located in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, you can get to Nami through public transportation, although it is a bit of a hike. Upon arrival, we just ended up walking around and enjoying the beauty and strangeness of the island.

The famous drama Winter Sonata was filmed on Nami Island, so it is pretty popular with Japanese tourists. This has probably taken away from its natural beauty, as it is filled with kitschy shops and statues. However, the trees and nature were beautiful, and I can imagine it is especially nice in the winter.
Ridiculous statue

The island is also a face micro-nation. Apparently, it declared independence back in March 2006. This means that you get a fake passport to enter the country and apparently they have their own currency (which I did not see). Really a strange place. However, as we left the island with the sun setting, I couldn't help but appreciate its beauty.

To get there, take the Gyeongchun line (up in the NE on subway maps... it is teal colored) and get off at Gapyeong station. From there, it is a cheap taxi ride to the ferry terminal, and then from there a short ferry to the island. Enjoy! The trip should probably take around 2 hours one way.

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