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Hi~ Ever wonder how to get to Nami Island without joining any bus tour or something? My friends always ask whether they should include the Nami Island tour in their package, but I think for those who hates time constraint tour can just go to Nami with a few simple directions, like what I am doing now. You don’t have to worry about language barrier or what-not because you can always find an English subway map and other map from Seoul’s information center (which is everywhere) easily.

First, I guess T-Money is your ‘best friend’ for transportation. You can use it for buses, subway, taxis (if you have sufficient amount) and it make your life so much easier. So with the T-Money you can move around from buses to subway with a discount, and not to worry about the language selection at the reload machine, they do have English option. To check out more on T-Money, you can go to this site: http://eng.t-money.co.kr/

BUT, it is okay to not have T-Money though. You just need to buy the ticket on the machine and make sure you click the right destination :)

Now the hard part is, the subway (click the image above for a larger size). It actually depends on which station you are right now. For most of us (in Seoul), we usually use the ‘subway map’ application for an easy access to anywhere (it includes train time, easy transfer, nearest station, bus services, etc). But for a tourist, you can obtain subway map from any tourist information center, or the subway station (most subway station is using a machine for ticket selling, so better get yours at the airport. Back to subway map above, your target destination should be Gapyeong (far on the right part of the picture). It is on Gyeongchun Line, which served area outside of Seoul so from station to station it took much longer time to arrive.

Usually I transfer at Sangbong Station (remember to go down the stairs and look for Gapyeong direction signboard). From Sangbong station to Gapyeong station it took around 52 minutes ~ an hour, not including your journey to Sangbong station. Usually it took me almost 2 hours from Ewha Womans University Station to Gapyeong. Can’t remember the exact amount but it usually cost less than 3,000won for one way.

After you’ve arrived at Gapyeong, you can choose to go to Nami by bus or by taxi. Honestly I’ve never ride a bus to Nami, only taxi. It took around 10 ~ 15 minutes, depends on which route and when is your travel date; sometimes the traffic is so bad the taxi driver will stop somewhere and ask you to walk from there. The cost is less than 5,000won, usually.

When you arrive, you can see the ticket booth. The admission fee is 10,000won but they gave a special discount for foreigner and it cost 8,000won only (not sure for how long).

Because they call it ‘Naminara’ (means country of Nami – or republic of Nami), the ticket is called visa and the entrance is called Immigration entrance. Don’t worry, you don’t have to show them your passport :P.

So how was it? It does look complicated but if you are familiar with subway/train system in your country you can do it! You can find photos of Nami in my previous entry.

*Winter makes me soooo~ hungrehhh

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It’s almost August, and I just get the motivation to post about the travel today. Well thanks to the non-stop down pouring rain I have nothing to do at home. The one-day trip started on a nice summer day; we believed it was. We took the subway from our university:

> transfer at line 7 (Sangbong)    > to Gyeongchunson line (경춘선) which head to Chuncheon (춘천)   > stop at Cheongpyeong (청평)

It took about 92 minutes travel time, or you can take other public transportation as stated below:

By Train: Take train for Chuncheon from Cheongnyangri or Seongbuk Station, get off at Cheongpyeong Station. (train and subway is a two different method. If you choose to travel by train, you must purchase a ticket, and traveling time is shorter)

By Bus: Get on a bus for Cheongpyeong from DongSeoul bus terminal or Sangbong terminal, and get off at Cheongpyeong terminal.

After we get off at Cheongpyeong station, we took a bus direct to Petite France. By the way, the bus terminal is quite far but within walking distance. Make sure you get a map and info at the Information Center or you might miss the bus. The bus is like 1 – 1 and a half hour each.

At last! Welcome to Petite France! It’s a busy day. Lots of buses and I think they have some family day or something over. Lots of kids, balloons, families etc. The entrance fee is 8,000won, and we are busy taking pictures even before we got in.

It was a nice sunny day. The problem is it become too hot and too sunny. I didn’t even know whether my pictures are overexposed or not. Luckily it was set to auto ^.^

There were a few food-selling place in here. I was looking forward to taste some France cuisine but disappointed when all they have are two kind of pastas and pork cutlet at the restaurant. Believe me, it was a korean-taste pasta and we ate it because we were too hungry (and hot). But just now when I visit their website they shows some other menus but I think to be safe, just eat something somewhere before you came here.

This place is basically resembling a traditional France Village and they brought the stuff from France too (just hope they really have the France food here :( – still disappointed about the food). This is also the place where they shoot Beethoven Virus, Secret Garden (the first time they met at the film set) and Running Man. The funny thing is I’ve only watched Running Man after I got back from there and was jumping up and down because I was there earlier! (sounds stupid but…) Anyhow it’s an old episode of Running Man but still, I am glad I was there… huhuhu~ Maybe later I will write about our trip to Gangwondo because of 1 Night 2 Days program :P

Hot summer! A hot hot summer!

Oh by the way, Petite France also offers a France style accommodation. If you are interested you can go to the website and do the booking. http://www.pfcamp.com. It’s a nice place with a nice view, and around there they have a dam and you can play water sport over there. But the problem is, if you are not driving it is hard to move around with the bus. As I mentioned earlier, the bus is like 1-1 and half hour each.

So after so much suffering (from the heat) we decided to move to our next location, Nami Island. For those who watched Winter Sonata, this is the place where they have their famous scene (I don’t watch it so I don’t know). Anyway, we asked the ticket counter for the taxi contact number because it will be lots of hassle if we took the bus and the train again. One taxi cost around 18,000won (with the meter, and trust me it is not bad) and we divided it to 4 people so it is okay. The taxi driver was kind enough to show us where we can purchase our tickets and the ride is quite smooth, considering the hills and zigzag (or S lines…?) road.

Actually I can’t really remember how much the ferry cost but it is either 10,000won or 8,000won. Because of the hot summer, I am really looking forward to stay under the tree shades.. huhu. By the way, I was shocked to see the bungee jump here. Hey, it’s one of 1 Night 2 Days place where Lee Seung Gi can’t do the jump and Kim C saves the day :). I wouldn’t dare to try though.

Hey, Selamat Datang! After about 5 minutes ferry ride we were here! And how glad I am to be here, with a lot of shades haha ^^.

The shape of Nami Island resembled a half moon shape. It was actually not an island until they have the dam built and gets the fame because of Winter Sonata drama. You can travel around by renting a bicycle (they have single, family, and the one that looks like electric-standing wheel – oh… you know what I meant, or not) at a reasonable price. I want one too since it’s quite irritating to walk because of the heat but we ended up walking around the island.

The famous snowman (or not, I don’t know… I don’t watch it, remember?). Well I suppose it will be more beautiful if you come here on winter. I was planning to come here when there it is snowing but never got the chance (it’s either too cold to walk or just it’s more comfortable staying in a warm room).

The famous trees that come out beautifully in the drama (I look at the pictures :P) and yes, it will be more beautiful with the white snow.

For those who wants to escape from city life, they also provide accommodation along the island which face to the lake. It doesn’t have TV or internet line so you can concentrate on resting and play with you friends and family. They also provide barbecue place (because we love barbecue aren’t we?) or you can eat at one of their restaurants here, which according to my friend, it is new unlike the previous time they have only dosirak.

There. I still have lots of pictures but I guess lets keep it a bit mystery (plus too lazy to resize all). And oh, from there take a taxi to the nearest train station (Gapyeong) for around 2,400won or more and wallah! I am sure you can find your way back to Seoul again. Ok. Spent too much energy for this. Need to rest. Need to eat the cakes my friends brought me. Nyam nyam~~


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