Such a pretty sight, yes? But before you could actually breathe the fresh air and feel like a Koreanovela star in Nami Island, it takes a little over two hours of trains and transfers… ala-Amazing Race if you ask me.
Assuming that you understand the Seoul Metro subway system, your objective is to get off at Cheongnyangni Station, exit the subway and find this station (KORAIL):
From my research, there is a train that goes directly from Cheongnyangni to Gapyeong. We were supposed to take that line, but we missed the schedule for that train so we opted to take the Gyeongchun line to Sangbong station. What boggles me now is why and how we transferred a train from Sangbong to Gapyeong. Because of the countless transfers, it turned into an alay-lakad ((a Filipino phrase that usually pertains to walking for a cause=long, tiring walks)) to and from Nami Island, but it’s worth it.
You must alight the train at this station and ride a taxi going to the Ferry Wharf. It should take more or less five minutes. I read that there is also a bus, but as per usual, there’s a schedule (which we missed, again, hrhr).
Off to Nami Island:
I was already in the ferry when I realized we forgot to check the area where the kiss in Winter Sonata happened. Sigh. MUST ALWAYS CHECK MAPS!
This day also marked our first authentic Korean meal. The restaurant is called Mr.Dakgalbi and it serves, well, dak galbi.
It’s a specialty from Chuncheon.
I initially thought it was just pure veggies. We were surprised to find chicken and tteok (rice cake—I thought it was squid, LOL) amidst the sliced cabbage, sweet potato, scallions, onions swimming in red pepper paste.
It was time to go back to the city.
I shall definitely be back, Nami Island.