Day 4. Yesterday’s trip to Boseong took a lot of energy out of us. We passed out as soon as our head hit the pillows. So for today’s itinerary, first up is Nami Island. Originally, we were going to leave for Nami island at 8 am, but since we were so tired from the day before, we pushed back the pick-up time to an hour later. So after grabbing some breakfast from the nearby convenient store, we headed to Nami Island around 9. The trip took about 2 hours or so and it was a pretty smooth drive. When we arrived, Mr. Choi helped us bought the ferry tickets and gave us general information about the island. After that we lined up for the ferry rides. Side note: there are to way to get to the island—with ferry boats or with zipline. We chose the ferry boats because I’m afraid of heights :p
When you arrived at the island, this is pretty much what you’re greeted with:
We arrived around lunch time, but since it’s still a bit early, we decided to walk around a little bit. Surprisingly, there are many local tourists too in the island (or at least I think they are since they all speak Korean). The weather was really nice too, so it was really refreshing walking around and enjoying the scenery.
If you’re a Korean drama fan, you might watched or at least heard about the famous drama, Winter Sonata. Nami Island is where they shoot the drama at and this place has became a tourist attraction ever since that drama gotten very popular in Asia. I watched the drama a loooong time ago, so I couldn’t really recall the storyline very well now. This location (below) is supposedly where the lead characters have their first kiss.
After a little bit of walking around, we got hungry and decided to go for the chicken bbq (닭갈비) restaurant that was recommended by Mr. Choi (supposedly chicken bbq & buckwheat noodle are the signature dishes at Nami Island, so we gave it a try). We clearly couldn’t grill our meat properly because once we started, we somehow created a big cloud of smoke. One of the server came over and taught us how to grill our meat properly so we’re not filling the place with smokes. The meal was pretty tasty and all the dishes that we ordered were delicious.
After lunch, we decided to rent tandem bikes for an hour because there were so many people riding bikes around us and it looked like fun. Since there’re 5 of us, we rented 2 tandems and 1 segway. I have to say, tandem bikes are sooo hard to ride. Either that or I just don’t have a good co-ordination skills with my partner. It was so hard to start, but once you get going it’s not so bad. Although you’ll still have to balanced the bike so both you and your partner won’t fall. Anyway, I ended up not doing much because my partner have a super power strength :p It was pretty fun though. I haven’t rode a bike in a long long time and with the pretty sceneries and good weather, it was definitely one of the highlights of my trip.
We encountered emus roaming around freely:
After we returned our bikes, we made our way back to the ferry dock. My sister and I sat down for the caricature drawings (which turned out pretty good) on the way for souvenirs. And that’s the end of our Nami Island visit. Definitely want to go back again next time.