Saturday, 26 January 2013

Nami Island

If you ever come to South Korea, don't forget to include a day-trip to Nami Island which is so breath-taking during winter despite the harsh coldness. Covered with white bed of thick snow, this island is another South Korea's gem that shoudn't be missed.

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There are shuttle bus from Seoul:

(1) Insa-dong (Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1, Exit 3): Next to Tapgol Park
(2) Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2, Exit 4): In front of Lotte Mart

which departs from Seoul at 9.30AM and leaves to Seoul at 4.00PM. However the buses are on tight schedule so if you missed it you can opt for a subway or train. From anywhere you are in South Korea, take the subway/train to Gapyeong Station. Then, catch a cab or a bus to Nami Island dock.

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I caught a taxi which I shared with another 3 travel mates and we all paid the ride together for 3000 Won.

The entrance fee is 10 000 Won for regular adult but as far as I can remember they give you a special discounted price for foreigner which I vaguely remembered the price was. The fee also includes ferry's return trip which travels regularly.

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One thing that amazed me about the island is there's no telephone poles around the island as they are built underground in order to keep the island as natural as it was.

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During the cold winter, don't forget to try the pancake which was oh-so-amazing; the warm and tasty filling with the crunchiness of the pancake can keep you warm (for a while) then you will begging for it more.

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There are plenty of attractions on the island, which you can happily tour and explore around. But the highlight of the tour must be the filming sites of the famous "Winter Sonata"; where all the honeymooning couple embracing the romantic sceneries. There are cafes and Italian and Japanese restaurants on the island and to the delight of Muslims, there is a Musolla provided for you to perform your prayer here.

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