After knowing that Winter Sonata, the Koreanovela popular in the Philippines was shot here, I told Kat that it is a must that we go. I haven't seen an episode of Winter Sonata but the mere fact that it is used as a back drop of the Koreanovela, it surely is a sight to behold
So after almost 2 hours of changing trains, Kat and I arrived at the Gapyeong Station. We got a cab which costs 3100 won to bring us to the Wharf. It was a Monday, so I was surprised to see tons of people, the queue was already up to the parking lot.
The batch of Nami Island tourist just before us
Naminara Republic Visa
Republic of Naminara
The ferry trip to Nami Island from the wharf is a short 10 minutes.
Ferry Ride to Naminara
Upon reaching the island, we were welcomed by a lot of autumn trees. It was wonderful.
Autumn at Nami. Autumn at South Korea
The island is actually very vast. Kat and I decided to discover it by foot, though there are bikes for rent available at the island. Aside from that there are bank, restaurants, gift shops, ostrich grazeland, a Unicef Train which costs 2000 won and all proceeds go to Unicef, bookhouses, lakes and gardens.
Books are available from these book houses
Remnants of the Koreanovela are the bicycles used, displayed in the island. There is also a Winter Sonata Cafe which Kat and I didn't bother to visit because of high people influx because of the actor's pictures.
at the Metasequoia Lane
There are a lot of people having picnics in the vast grass, mostly groups of old people. There are lovers too dating in the island. It is actually a good dating spot for couples. When Kat and I returned to the wharf, there was a lady in her bridal dress coming from a van. I guess they are in Nami for a post-nuptial pictures. Or maybe, she's there for her own wedding.
Last look of Nami Island from the ferry
I just love the place. I can't get enough of the colors of autumn, and Naminara Republic just gave me a wonderful Autumn treat.