Our first full day in South Korea is full of hope and anticipation. We went two hours outside of Seoul to experience the Korean Autumn and be surrounded by yellow-orange trees while maximizing all the cold that we can get because, hey, we don’t have winter at home.
I’m talking about Nami Island which is in Gapyeong. Namiseom Island is a half-moon shaped isle an hour away from Seoul. On this island lies the grave of General Nami who fought against the rebels during King Sejo’s ruling.
So, even if we’re like getting out of our way just to see Nami Island, we did it, because a nature break is so much needed especially if you’re staying in a city.
It only took us 2 train rides, one bus ride and a ferry ride to get to Nami Island. We might have chosen to zipline our way to Nami Island instead of the ferry, but we don’t have the budget. Besides, it’s too cold! Two frozen bodies would have landed in Nami Island.
KRW4,300 – We used the ITX-Chuncheon Line from Cheonggyani Station to Gapyeong Station .
KRW6,000 – Tour Bus
KRW8,000 – Nami Island Admission
Still, with the cold weather, our very first agenda was to buy some hot packs. We didn’t noticed the crowded place until we’ve been blessed by the heat.
When we’re in Nami, our eyes were everywhere! I remember the long line of poplar trees with lanterns and the wide park area which is covered in ice (fake snow?). There was a lining of tarpaulin out there. The different paths on the right also got our attention realizing Nami Island might eat our whole day. It’s too big on foot so a bicycle is a great option. But no we didn’t do that, that’s a nice way to roam around though.
We went out looking for some autumn trees on the other side of the island. However, autumn was already on the ground. The leaves had fallen so we just threw them up in the air for Boomerang.
There was a train track in the middle of the island as well.
Since we bought the Tourist Bus ticket, we just waited for the next bus for Petite France. The bus was really packed we ended up standing for 1.5 hrs. The sunset view though was amazing.
Side Story: we had a quick lunch at a convenience store and I don’t know with myself but I forgot my backpack. Thankfully, the next bus hasn’t arrived yet and I was able to run back to the store. Yeah, still there
Watch our video of this tour!
Petite France is a French Cultural Village located in Gapyeong. It is also called the Little Prince Theme Park with a youthful concept in celebration of the French novel Le Petit France. This village is also a youth training facility with accommodations available for visitors who want to experience French food and its culture.
KRW8,000 – Petite France admission fee (adults)
I knew about this place because My Love From the Stars shoot an episode here. This may be the only reason why we went here, but we enjoyed the place which was fully decorated for Christmas.
The colorful and festive ambiance gave us positive vibes, all through out. The cobble stones, small alleys and narrow stairs, Orgel museum and French-style buildings made us think if we’re still in Korea.
We stayed long enough to have witnessed the Marionette Dance.
We ended the night early to catch the tour bus (save a seat, honestly) and get home early. Being out all day drained our energy so the Titas need to rest. We might have had time for Hongdae but we just can’t do anymore walking. (and we already skipped trains, a lot of times) So that’s how our first full day in South Korea gave us the autumn fall experience.
If you’re up to a nice nature break from the city and if you want to go on a picnic, Nami Island is a great option. Tied up with Petite France for the kids to enjoy and you’ll have all the bonding that you need in Gapyeong!