Namiseom Island Park is a popular destination in South Korea due to its unique and beautiful features. This island park came into being as a result of the construction of the Cheongpyeong water reservoir.
Namiseom, a half-moon-shaped islet, is named after the general (Nami), who led great victories against rebels during his time. You can find the grave of General Nami, who existed during the 7th year of King Sejo of the Joseon Dynasty (reign 1455-1468).
I clearly remember the signboard where I read the name of this general some years back when I first set foot on this fantastic island park.
I came with my colleagues at that time. Our purpose was to have our "workshop" in this place. Yes, we did our unconventional workshop by discussing things while visiting a museum, riding the bike, and while having our lunch.
Very briefly, I remember that we came to Namiseom Island Park by train from Seoul. We all got off at Gapyeong Station and walked towards the entrance area where you need your identification card or passport to get the entrance ticket.
It felt like a foreign land or another country. I saw international visitors and noticed flags from various nations waving with the wind.
There were kindergarten children wearing uniforms and being guided by their watchful teachers. Above the water, I saw boats crisscrossing with excited visitors looking forward to their day's adventure.
I also got excited when I saw brave souls hanging onto cable lines holding on safely to their zipline hanger and belts. The cross over from the mainland's parking area to Nami Island much faster than our boat!
Namiseom Island Park is just 63 kilometers from Seoul on the way to Chuncheon City, Gangwon Province.
One of the prominent features of Namiseom is the array of trees that change their colors depending on the season--more incredible during the Autumn.
You won't see telephone poles and electric wires as they are all buried underground to keep the landscape more natural.
You will enjoy the various tree species, aside from flowering plants, including pine trees, chestnut trees, and poplar trees throughout the over five hundred thousand square meters land area.
Somewhere in the middle of the island park, I remember we were on the green and expansive grassy field.
Around this grassy area are education, training facilities, and campsites. You could easily find tables and benches where you could take rest and enjoy your snacks while breathing the refreshing air around.
Of course, you can not only stroll or bike around but also learn or improve your skills in your favorite sports.
There is a swimming pool area available, of course, during the warmer season. Other, more exciting sports include...
Food and Drinks
Small shops that sell snacks, food, drinks, and more miscellaneous products are available inside this island park. So, don't worry about getting starve or parched at all!
A museum that exhibits traditional and cultural musical instruments is also accessible for free to all visitors alike.
If you plan on staying overnight or so on this island, you can book in advance at the resort villas or bungalows. It could be interesting to explore the island's atmosphere at night!
Now, if you found this page in search of more guides, you will find below the more accessible and better mode of transport to get there.
You can get a Shuttle Bus from Insadong, Namdaemun, and Myeongdong to Nami island from Monday to Sunday, except during special holidays.
Here we go for the shuttle bus...
Departure Points, Time, Location:
Seoul Insa-dong: 9:30 AM nearby the West Gate of Tapgol Park
Seoul Namdaemun: 9:30 AM at Sungnyemun Square Bus Stop in front of Namdaemun Market
Seoul Myeongdong: 9:45 AM at the back alley of Shinsegae Department Store (Main)
Then, returning to Seoul from Nami Island...
Take the bus from the Parking Lot in front of the Ticket Office in Nami Island. The bus leaves at 4 PM for Insadong (Seoul), and Namdaemun and Myeongdong areas.
Take the Subway Gyeongchun Line at Sangbong from Gapyeong Station. The trip takes about 50 minutes.
From Chuncheon City to Gapyeong Station could take 28 minutes.
Chuncheon → Gapyeong Station
ITX-Cheongchun Yongsan → Gapyeong Station (about 60 min.)
Cheongnyangni → Gapyeong Station takes about 40 minutes.
Then from Gapyeong Train Station to the Ticket Office area will take around 20 minutes on foot. It is 1 kilometer and 900 meters only.
Shuttle Bus Fare
The following rates, which could change over time, are the fares from Seoul to Namiseom Island area.
Adult: 18,000 KRW (round-trip) / 9,000(one-way)
Child: 13,000 KRW (round-trip) / 6,500 (one-way) ※ Child: aged between 24 months and 12 years old
Package Ticket (Round Trip & Entrance Ticket)
Regular: 31,000 KRW
Discount Offers: 28,000 KRW for Seniors (70+ yrs.) / Students (Middle ~ High School Age)
Special Rates: 20,000 KRW for Children (from 36months to Elementary School Children)
For Reservation Reminders
You are allowed to reserve your entrance ticket as early as two months or the day before the shuttle bus departure if still available.
If you plan to take a different route to and from Nami Island, you need to make a separate reservation ticket.
You can also purchase your ticket on-site, but it depends on the availability of seat(s). For reservation inquiry, you may use the following information:
Or, see further details at this homepage.
Now, if you have any questions for me, please email me, and I'll do my best to respond as much as possible.
I wish you an enjoyable and safe trip!