Our first day of Seoul journey after the Seoul Marathon 2011 yesterday, began with Nami Island. (click on name for official website). How did this island came to be known? Just watch Winter Sonata (korean drama).No lah. Just j/k. But really, I think if it wasn't for the series, tourist might not even visit this island.
A little history about Namiseom. "Namiseom is a tiny half-moon shaped island located in Chuncheon, South Korea, formed as it was inundated by the rising water of the North Han River as the result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam in 1944. Its name originated from General Nami, who died at the age of 28 after being falsely accused of treason during the reign of King Sejo, the seventh king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea." -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namiseom-
It's actually quite difficult to find Nami Island on the map as it's really small. It looks as if there's a very big lake, then the humans came along & decided to make a small island. So they started filling the center of the lake with lots and lots of sand until it formed an island. Muahahha.....sorry, just pulling ur leg.
The best way to get to Nami Island is the tourist shuttle bus. First you fill up this form, then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to book your seat. To get to the shuttle bus, just get to the Jongno-sam(3)-ga Station (Line 1,4 & 5) exit 1, which is located at Insa-Dong. The bus is located next to the Topgol Park.(check their official website for location).
Anyway, it'll be difficult to travel with big bags if you are strapped to the harness.
Back to the ferry, everyone rush towards the front to get a good space on the ferry.
Welcome to Nami Island
Anything alike? Hope not =p
Killer ostriches kekek....hey...they were big
I simply love these pictures. Shows the beauty of Nami Island thru its 4 seasons
Autumn & Winter
Spring & Summer
KS's best friend in Nami Island...they were everywheree!!!!
I would say that we were hitting the Winter to Spring weather.
So you can easily see flowers starting to bloom
Ohhh...out of the blue got hotdog stand
The best way to cover the whole island in a short time is by bicycle.
Motorcycles are harmful to the air =p
It's a place to get away from the city
Lunch time...since its a touristy place...don't expect it to be cheap
Rice was pretty simple...they don't seem to put alot of red meat with their rice...
KS liked the kimchi pizza though...thankfully it's not as spicy as kimchi...
This is the most embarrassing part. There's a Winter Sonata Photo Gallery but the glass door is scribbled with a contact from MALAYSIA!!! Would you believe it!!! Shame on you!!!
Anyway, the gallery contains still pictures from the movie filming.
A final pic before leaving
Oh Ray didn't join us coz he didn't want to spend his final day on an island...hahaha
We had moved out of Myeongdong guest house to a proper hotel.
Ray was really happy about having a bigger room, bed & a warm bathroom.