Korea 2012: Nami Island

I wrote this a year ago and amazing how it happened in real life! Expect a series of photo-heavy posts from my trip to South Korea, starting with this day spent in Nami Island.

Ferry to Nami Island

Ferry to Nami Island

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):

Cheongnyangni Station

Cheongnyangni Station

Cute KORAIL-themed restrooms

Cute KORAIL-themed restrooms

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.

Train to Chuncheon

Train to Chuncheon

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).

Gapyeong station

Gapyeong station

Off to Nami Island:

Inside the ferry, looking out

Inside the ferry, looking out

Welcome to Naminara Republic

Welcome to Naminara Republic

Kid-friendly

Kid-friendly

Doodles

Doodles

yakima bike racks

You can go biking around the island

You can go biking around the 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!

Or be a fool like me, jumping nonstop for that perfect shot

Or be a fool like me, jumping nonstop for that perfect shot

This day also marked our first authentic Korean meal. The restaurant is called Mr.Dakgalbi and it serves, well, dak galbi.

Dakgalbi

Dakgalbi

It’s a specialty from Chuncheon.

Banchan 1 out of many more to come

Banchan 1 out of many more to come

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.

And this is dak galbi

And this is dak galbi

It was time to go back to the city.

Train/transfer galore

Train/transfer galore

View from the train

View from the train

I shall definitely be back, Nami Island.

See you again~

See you again~

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