The Namiseom Island is 63 km away from Seoul in the direction of Chuncheon, and is famous for its beautiful tree lined roads, so you have to dedicate a full day for this adventure. Best if you travel early to make the time more flexible for you and gives you more time to take photos of the island.
How got there
ITX train is part of Gyeongchun Line and it is a high speed train traveling from Yongsan Station (Seoul) to Chuncheon Station (Gangwondo).
Take the ITX-Cheongchun line. We just bought our tickets at the station. Luckily seats were still available. Buy the ticket in advance to secure a numbered seat. It is easily done online. You need to have a credit card or debit card to do this. ( A guide on buying a ticket here )
When we reached Gapyeong Station, there are different transportation options going to the port area for Nami Island. There’s a timed bus (per hour), the Gapyeong City Tour Bus, for only 6000 Won. You can use this ticket unlimited times for one day, which you can buy from the driver or you can take the taxi.
We took the taxi for only 4000 Won, with about 5-10 minutes travel time.
when you arrived to the port there are two options to reach Nami Island. There’s the ZIP LINE (38,000 Won, includes entry) and the ferry (8,000 Won, inclusive of entry).
Namiseom Island was formed as a result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam. It is a half moon-shaped isle, 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, King Sejo (reign 1455-1468).
let me just show you my photo story of my Namiseom Island adventure
after Namiseom Island, time to take a side trip to France. Yeah, you read it right! It took us about half an hour to get to Petite France from the port. We also took the taxi. I made an initial itinerary for our trip and included in my preparations was finding discounts. I printed out a 25% discount on admission fee for Petite France. Check out vkc.or.kr/en to get special offers.
After travelling 10 km along the lakeside road from Cheongpyeong Dam, in the direction of Namiseom Island, you will come across a cluster of white, exotic buildings on the left-hand hillside. From its outward appearance, it would appear to be a village that belongs to the Mediterranean coast or in a pastoral area of the Piedmont Alps.
Petite France, a French cultural village set in the Korean countryside! Petite France serves as both a French cultural village and a youth training facility (Goseong Youth Training Center), and consists of 16 French-style buildings where visitors can lodge and experience French food, clothing, and household culture.
You can enter each house and see whats on exhibit there. Traditional french home’s furniture and collections for antique figurines.
The location is a homage to the classing book little price, which was recently made into an animated film. It was a small quite place perfect for just enjoying the cool breeze of the mountain side.