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Nami Island Guide 2023: Tickets, Things to Do & Where to Stay

Nami Island is a top tourist destination in South Korea every K-drama fan should visit!

Yes, as K-drama lovers ourselves, we had to add it to our Korea winter itinerary. We explored this popular K-drama filming location in December, during the winter season in Korea. But they say, it exudes a totally different charm every season — may it be winter, spring, summer, or fall.

We can’t wait to be back to see its scenic beauty in another season.


Why is Nami Island famous?

Our Korea winter experience
Nami Island during winter | © Chill and Travel

Nami Island has been featured in many popular K-drama series including Winter Sonata (2002), Hi Bye, Mama! (2020), and When My Love Blooms (2020). But Winter Sonata starring Choi Ji-woo and Bae Yong-joon really put this crescent-shaped islet to the tourist map, making it a must-visit romantic destination in South Korea.

Fun fact: Did you know that Nami Island declared cultural independence from South Korea on 1 March 2006, officially calling itself the Naminara Republic (나미나라공화국)? It even has its own flag, currency, and passport! This move was made not because of defiance, but to further boost tourism. Mind-blowing, right?

How much is Nami Island entrance fee?

There are different entrance fees depending on your age group. It’s also interesting to note that Nami Island entrance fees are called Naminara Republic VISA Fees.

Please see updated entrance fees and ferry schedule below:

Nami Island entrance fees 2023

Type VISA Fee (Entrance Fee) Age Group
Regular ₩16,000 [BUY TICKET] Adult
Discount ₩13,000 [BUY TICKET] Seniors (above 70 years old) and Middle to High School Students
Special ₩10,000 [BUY TICKET] Children 3 years old to Elementary School
FREE Children under 3 years old

Nami Island ferry schedule 2023

Time Frequency
8am – 9am Every 30 mins
9am – 6pm Every 10 – 20 mins
6pm – 8pm Every 30 mins


  • The visa fee already includes the round-trip ferry tickets and entrance fee.
  • Naminara Republic is open daily all year round including holidays.
  • During Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, the first ferry departs Gapyeong Wharf at 7.30am and the last one at 9.30pm.
  • Be sure to check Naminara Republic’s official website for the most updated operating schedule.

Tip: Make your trip hassle-free by joining a Nami Island Tour inclusive of round-trip transfers from Seoul and admission fees. Plus, you get to visit other Korea attractions of your choice including Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, Alpaca World, Legoland, and more!



How to get there

Nami Island Ferry
Ferry | Photo credit: Minseong Kim

Nami Island is situated in 1, Namiseom-gil, Chuncheon-si in South Korea’s Gangwon Province. From the Korean capital city of Seoul, it takes around one to two hours to reach Nami Island, depending on what mode of transport you’ll take.

If you want to know how to get to Nami Island from Seoul, you can consider the following transport options:

By train

The fastest way to get there is by taking the train from Seoul. From Yongsan, Cheongnyangni, or Chuncheon Station, take the ITX-Cheongchun train to Gapyeong Station. Or, from Sangbong, take the Gyeongchun Line to Gapyeong Station.

Nami Island Ferry flags
Spotted our Philippine flag on the ferry | © Chill and Travel

Once you reach Gapyeong Station, you can walk for 1.5km or about 20 minutes to Gapyeong Wharf where you take the ferry to Nami Island. If you don’t want to walk, you may take a cab or bus going to the ferry wharf.

By shuttle bus

For more convenience, you may want to take the shuttle bus from Seoul to Nami Island. Pick-up and drop-off locations in Seoul are Hongik University Subway Station, Myeongdong Station, and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park (DDP) Station.

The shuttle bus will also drop by Petite France Village and Italian Village, which is great if you wish to visit these attractions, too.


Top things to do in Nami Island

Nami Island map
Reading the map | © Chill and Travel

Tick these Nami Island activities off your list:

1. Walk on pathways as you take in the beauty of nature

The first thing to do here is to walk around and simply enjoy nature. This little slice of paradise spans over 400,000 sqm, which you can actually explore on foot.

2. Rent a bike and cycle past breathtaking scenery

Nami Island bike
Photo credit: Naminara Republic Official Website

If you don’t want to walk all the time, rent a bike and explore the island on two wheels. This is a different kind of experience that’ll give you the romantic K-drama feels.

3. See the Winter Sonata filming spots

Nami Island Winter Sonata Statue
Winter Sonata Statue | Photo credit: dongvu58

What’s a Nami Island trip without visiting the actual Winter Sonata filming spots? Relive your favorite scenes on the picturesque Metasequoia Lane and see the iconic statue dedicated to this K-drama that popularized the island.

4. Do a photoshoot

Nami Island Metasequoia Trees
Tourists posing with the Metasequoia trees | © Chill and Travel

Of course, don’t forget to strike a pose and go on a photo op. Nami Island is a postcard-worthy destination so take as many photos and memories as you wish.

5. Chill in a cafe

Nami Island Sonata Cafe
Photo credit: Naminara Republic Official Website

Take a break and chill in any of the cafes here including Sonata Cafe, Snow Cafe, Book Cafe, Swing Cafe & Bakery, and Tea House Chadam. Indulge in Korean pastries and snacks and sip a cup of coffee or tea.

6. Take a side trip to nearby attractions

Nami Island is an easy day trip from Seoul, which you can already explore for a few hours. In fact, others say they’re done exploring the island in 30 minutes. But for us, we’d say you can dedicate a good 3 to 4 hours here.

After our morning exploration, we still had time to side trip to the nearby Elysian Ski Resort. Other attractions near Nami Island you may consider visiting are Garden of Morning Calm, Petite France, Italian Village, Alpaca World, Eobi Valley, Cheongyang Alps Village, Rail Bike, and LEGOLAND Korea.

Tip: You may want to sign up for this Nami Island day tour and this winter strawberry picking tour, which will let you experience more of Gangwon province and nearby areas.

Where to stay in Nami Island

While you cannot stay on the island itself, you can consider staying in Gapyeong so you can visit other tourist attractions in the area. Here are some accommodations to choose from:

1. Gapyeong Namisum Rivera Pension

Gapyeong Namisum Rivera Pension
Photo credit: Gapyeong Namisum Rivera Pension (Agoda)

If you are looking for a budget-friendly accommodation near Nami Island, stay at Gapyeong Namisum Rivera Pension. It has a car park and BBQ facilities and is highly rated by guests for its proximity to Nami Island. In fact, it is just a walking distance from the ferry terminal.


2. Gapyuong Sae-Nae-Dong Spa Pension

Gapyuong Sae-Nae-Dong Spa Pension
Photo credit: Gapyuong Sae-Nae-Dong Spa Pension (Agoda)

You’ll get the needed rest and relaxation at Gapyuong Sae-Nae-Dong Spa Pension with its stunning views and spa facilities located within the pension itself. It also has a car park, in-house BBQ facilities, and WiFi in all rooms.


3. Gapyeong Agio Hotel

Gapyeong Agio Hotel
Photo credit: Gapyeong Agio Hotel (Agoda)

Gapyeong Agio Hotel is highly rated by guests for its strategic location, clean rooms, and friendly staff. Stay in this hotel if you are looking for modern comforts not too far from Nami Island.


4. Egg House Namisum Guest House

Egg House Namisum Guest House
Photo credit: Egg House Namisum Guest House (Agoda)

Egg House Namisum Guest House is perfect for families and big groups as they have a range of leisure facilities including karaoke rooms, children’s playground, and canoes. The guest house also has a restaurant and an in-house shared kitchen if you want to cook your meals.


So, is Nami Island worth going?

Yes, Nami Island is worth going if you are looking for an idyllic destination outside Seoul to relax with nature and create memories with your loved ones. If you love K-drama and breathtaking scenery, you’ll surely enjoy Nami Island like we did.


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