Seoul Itinerary Day 3: Tapgol Park, Nami Island

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No trip to Seoul would be complete without a visit to Nami Island. It is a famous tourist attraction with different scenaries during each season, with autumn and winter deemed to be the best season to visit Nami Island.

The most convenient way to get to Nami Island from Seoul is using the tourist shuttle bus. The bus departs from Insadong (Tapgol Park) or Jamsil Station at 930am daily and leaves Nami Island at 4pm daily. The fare is 7500 won for one way trip, 15000 won for two way trip and 23000 won for round trip ticket + entrance visa to Nami Island + ferry ticket.

Shuttle Bus (From Seoul to Namiseom Island)
* Bus Stop
1) Insa-dong (Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1, Exit 3): Next to Tapgol Park
2) Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2, Exit 4): In front of Lotte Mart

* Shuttle Bus Schedule:
Insa-dong, Jamsil Station → Namiseom Island: 09:30
Namiseom Island → Insa-dong, Jamsil Station: 16:00
※ Advanced reservation required. (Inquiries +82-2-753-1247)

More information available here.
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Tapgol Park contains several national treasures, including monument of Wongaksa (National Treasure #3) and Wongaksa Pagoda, a 10 storied stone pagoda (National Treasure #2). Since we reached our destination earlier than expected, we took a stroll around the park while waiting for our bus to arrive.

Getting Here
[Subway]
Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3, 5), Exit 1. >> walk 5 minutes toward Jonggak.
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The bus arrived on the dot and the bus driver told us that it is running on full capacity almost everyday. It is recommended to call to reserve a seat beforehand.
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It takes about 50 minutes to reach Gapyeong Wharf.
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From Gapyeong Wharf, one can reach Nami Island by ferry or Zipwire, where one zooms down 940m above Han River to the island. It costs 38000 won, which is way beyond our budget so we took the ferry ride instead.
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We took an obligatory couple shot at the main entrance. There are many others photo spot around the island; consists mainly of shooting scenes of Winter Sonata.
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Nami Island is half moon shaped island, and on it is the grave of General Nami, who led a great victory against the rebels in the 13th year of the 7th king of the Joseon Dynasty. However, it is more popularly known as the shooting venue for Winter Sonata.

The island is planted with chest-nut trees, birches, ginko trees, and maples tree which makes up many of these beautiful tree lined paths. In the middle of the island, there is a grass field about 316,320 square yards. It is composed of education and training facilities, camping sites, swimming pools and water-sports facilities for motorboats and water skiing; making it a popular holiday spot for Seoulites.
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The island is really small and we were bored after awhile. It is recommended to tour the island in an ultra slow pace to kill time if you are taking the 4pm shuttle bus back to Seoul. Remember to take more photos or have your lunch here. The famous ’Shake Bento‘ at Drama Cafe is not available hence we ate at a nearby stall inside the food zone. It was reasonably priced and food quality was decent.

Getting Here: 

Shuttle Bus (From Seoul to Namiseom Island) – RECOMMENDED
* Bus Stop
1) Insa-dong (Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1, Exit 3): Next to Tapgol Park
2) Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2, Exit 4): In front of Lotte Mart

* Shuttle Bus Schedule:
Insa-dong, Jamsil Station → Namiseom Island: 09:30
Namiseom Island → Insa-dong, Jamsil Station: 16:00
※ Advanced reservation required. (Inquiries +82-2-753-1247)

*Fare
7500 won one way trip
15000 won two way trip
23000 won round trip+entrance visa to Nami Island+ferry ticket.

Subway (cheaper but more transits)
Please go to Sangbong Station (line no.7) and take Gyeongchun Line. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Gapyeong Station (1800 won one way). Get off at Gapyeong Station, take a taxi to Namiseom parking lot (travel time: 10-15min, 3000 won). Take the ferry from Namiseom Dock to Namiseom Island. (travel time: 5-6min)

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  2. [...] Previous: Seoul Itinerary Day 3: Tapgol Park, Nami Island Insa-dong (인사동), located in the heart of the city, is a tourist attraction in Seoul which represent Korean traditional culture and crafts. Stores located along the main road of Insadong is selling wide variety of traditional goods and souvenirs such as hanbok (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts. Starbucks in Insadong is the only one branch in the Korea whose main sign is written in Korean words. The Korean touch is compatible with the ambience of a traditional area. Along thee main road in Insadong, there are many alleys on each side. Within these alleys, there are art galleries, traditional restaurants and traditional teahouses. We did not get to enjoy a leisure afternoon tea at Beautiful Tea Museum as our Nami Island shuttle bus reaches Insadong at about 5pm. O’Sulloc Tea House is another famous tea house, specialises in green tea from Jeju Island. When in Insadong, remember to try a unique Korean snack called hotteok. It is made with wheat flour dough filled with dark brown sugar, cinnamon, sesame, and chopped peanuts. The filled dough is griddled and flattened into a large circle. One of the most famous hotteok stall is located in Insadong, look out for this stall! Volunteers cladded in tourist information uniform is spotted everywhere as Insadong is especially popular with foreign tourists. [...]

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