Monday, September 9, 2013

Nami Island, Gyeonggi

Made famous by Winter Sonata, a Korean drama, Nami Island is a tiny half-moon shaped island situatued 63 km away from Seoul in the middle of the Han River. The island was inundated by the rising water of the North Han River as the result of the construction of the Cheongpyeong Dam.

Nami Island was named after General Nami, a notable figure during the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. He died early, after being falsely accused of treason. Although his grave wasn't discovered, there were a pile of stones on the island, where his body was supposed to be buried.

At the Gapyeong Wharf, we need to pass through the 'immigration' to board a ferry to enter Nami Island, i.e. the Naminara Republic. It is interesting to learn that Naminara Republic is an imaginary country with its own passport, currency, stamp and telephone card.

The island is formed by pebbles and sand, and there are no mountains in the island. Its beautiful tree lined roads is an awesome sight not to be missed.

There are a few restaurants and cafe on the island. Lodging is also available. There's also a photo gallery, showcasing photos from the Korean drama, Winter Sonata.

Tourist information centre
Winter Sonata photo gallery
Statue - Winter Sonata First Kiss

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