Namiseom - Nami Island
Namiseom is a tiny half-moon shaped island located in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province - about 60 km east of Seoul. It was formed in 1944 with the flooding of the land cause by the construction of the Cheongpyeong Dam was built. The island is named after General Nami, who died at the age of 27/28 after being falsely accused of treason during the reign of King Sejo, the seventh king of the Joseon Dynasty.The general was a young courageous soldier during the Joseon Dynasty who suppressed a riot led by Lee Shi-Ae. Commended for his actions he was promoted to Byeongjopanseo (Minister of National Defense). In 1965, Byeong-Do Min, donated two thousand trees to the island that included Cherry, Ginkgo, Redwood, Tulip, White Birch, and White Pine.
Winter Sonata, the 2002 Korean drama credited with kicking off the Korean Wave (Hallyu) was filmed on Nami Island (and Chuncheon). The famous 'first kiss' was set on Namiseom as well as were other important scenes in the drama. Tourists come from all over Asia to retrace the star-crossed lovers steps.
Nami Island declared its cultural independence on 01 March 2006 and re-named itself the Naminara Republic (Namisun).
The Naminara Republic is an imaginary country, but it has invented its own passport, currency, stamp and telephone card, and has promoted the establishment of Naminara in other countries. A "passport" issued from Naminara is required to enter the Namisum.
Hours: 7:30 a.m. ~ 9:30 p.m. (Open all year, Recommended time of visit: May, July, August, October)
April-November: Foreign nationals W8,000 (entrance fee W5000 + round trip ferry W3,000 /tax included) - Korean nationals W10,000 / Children (3-13 y-o-a) W4,000
After 7PM April-November: W4,000
December-March and after 6PM: W4000 (entrance fee W3,000 + round trip ferry W3,000/tax included) - Children W3,000
Info: Website or 02-1330 (KTO's helpline).
It takes about two hours to get to Namisun by car from Seoul (about 60 km).
Car/using Navigation Address Search: Gyeonggi-do, Gapyeong-gun, Gapyeong-eup, Daljeon-ri 144-1
Name Search: Nami Island (or Namisum) Ticket Office/Nami Island Dock, Parking
Shuttle Buses: There are two direct shuttle buses - one leaves from Insadong in Seouland the other from Jamsil Station.
Insa-dong: The shuttle leaves at 9:30AM from the tourist bust stop next to Tapgol Park (aka Pagoda Park) and returns to Seoul at 16:00 from Nami Island (parking lot in front of ticket office)
Jamsil: The shuttle leaves at 9:30AM from Jamsil station (Stops 216 and 814, Exit 4 - walk straight to Lotte Mart on the left side; bus stop is in front of Lotte Mart)
Round trip 15.000krw/Adult(7.500/one-way),13.000krw/Child(6.500/ond-way)
Return ticket+Entrance+ferry 23.000krw/adult, 17.000krw/child
Reservation: Nami Island Seoul Center 02-753-1247
Chuncheon Nami Tourist Information Center 031-580-8151~2
From East Seoul Terminal (www.ti21.co.kr) 02-446-8000 (1h 20m)
From Sangbong Terminal 02-323-5885 (1h20m)
Fom Chuncheon Bus Terminal(www.chterminal.co.kr) 033-241-0285 (25m)
From Gapyeong Bus Terminal 031-582-2308
Every 15 minutes from Cheongryang-ri Station/Seongbuk Station. One way fare is ~W4000.
Train to South Chuncheon -get off at Gapyeong Station -Nami Island (by taxi or bus)
Cheongryang ri Station/Seongbuk Station (www.korail.com) 1544-7788 / 1588-7788
Gapyeong Station 031-581-2855
One of the most important national policies of Naminara Republic is the preservation of it unique natural setting and the promotion of a wide variety of cultural and arts programs with popular appeal.
1. Namisum offers a bike center, an electric car tour and a swimming pool.
2. A recycling center, environment (protection) school and green store express the population's commitment to environmental protection and awareness.
3. The island's Metasequoia path, a forest path surrounded by white birches and Korean white pines, was one of the locations used during the filming of a "Winter Sonata", a Korean drama that was part of the 'Korean Wave', the international popularity of Korean arts and entertainment.
4. The International Book Festival, supported by KBBY is held here, as is YoPeFe where teenagers from different countries share their traditional dance and songs. INDIFEST is held every year around 1 March to celebrate the "Republic's" Independence.
*Bus station websites in Korean only and phones likely to be answered by a Korean-only speaker. For more information on how to get to the bus stations, contact 1330 (02-1330 from a cell phone).
For more information, see the Nami Island website (information available in English)
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Last Updated on 2015-03-22
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