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Seoul Searching: Nami Island, Petit France

We got up early for our trip to Nami Island. Prior to our arrival in Seoul, I was thinking of getting a tour for Nami and Petite because I didn’t think the long journey from Myeondong to Gapyeong was doable. Good thing, I didn’t get a tour because it was totally easy. It took us three train changes and an hour and a half to get to Gapyeong. 

Direction to Nami Island via Seoul subway:

From Myeondong Station

Get off at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Staion

Change to Line 2 heading towards Sindang Station and get off at Wangsimni Station

Change to Jungang Line and take the train towards Cheong-nyangni and get off at Mangu Station

Change to Kyeongchun Line and take the train towards Galmae Station and get off at Gapyeong Station

Once you’re at Gapyeong Staion, buy an unlimited bus ticket for 6000WON or PHP 295. The bus will take you to the ferry wharf to get to Nami Island, Petit France and Garden of Morning Calm. 

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Outside Gapyeong Station

I wanted to see Nami not because of Koreanovelas but because of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil’s movie called My Exs and Whys. Anyway, when we arrived at the ferry wharf, we ate lunch first at a popular chicken dak-galbi restaurant called Kko Kko Chuncheon Dakgalbi. Chicken dak-galbi is a Korean stir-fry dish which consists of chicken marinated with barbecue, chili pepper, cabbage, onions, potatoes on a hot plate. The server cooked the dak-galbi right in front of us. He told us to wait seven minutes for the chicken to be cooked. Our order came with refillable side dishes which were kimchi and mu-namul or stir-fried shredded radish. The chicken was delicious but I think a little bit of cheese would add more flavor to the dish. The serving was good for sharing and the unlimited side dishes would instantly fill you up. 

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After lunch, we headed to the ticket booth to buy our entrance tickets for Nami Island. The roundtrip ticket is 8000WON or PHP395.00 The ferry schedule runs from 0730-2140. There was a short line before entering the ferry. Don’t worry because the ferry’s big enough to accommodate a lot of people. It took us 10 minutes to get to Nami Island. 

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Ahhh! Nami Island! It was so beautiful and picturesque. No wonder a lot of tourists flock this place. My cousin who was into Korean drama told me that Winter Sonata, a popular Korean telenovela had their scenes here. I had no idea what Winter Sonata was but nevertheless, I truly enjoyed this place.

The island is populated by different types of trees but the most popular trees are the metasequoia. I’ve seen a lot of photos taken with the metasequoia trees as their backdrop. Guilty as charged! I have photos with those trees as my background. LOL. 

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You can either roam the place by foot or you can rent a bicycle, family bike or electric car. We were supposed to rent an electric car but the booth guy didn’t allow us because neither of me nor my sister knew how to ride a single bike. That’s why we ended up with a family bike for 10,000WON which was good for 30 minutes.

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For the sake of a good Instagram photo because I really don’t know how to ride a bicycle.

The cherry blossoms were in full bloom. They were everywhere in Nami Island but there was one area where the blossom trees were aligned. It was near the lake, right after the ostriches. The island was so beautiful in spring what more does it look like in autumn where the leaves turn into burnt orange.

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After several hours of roaming around, we decided to take the ferry back to the wharf and go to our next destination which was Petite France. By bus, it is 25 minutes away from Nami Island.

Petite France is dedicated to the well-known novel entitled Le Petit France written by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The village showcases old French houses and street entertainment such as musical performers and theatre performances. It has an art gallery, souvenir shops and few restaurants. An individual tickets costs 8,000WON or PHP 392.00.

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