The Origin of Namiseom, Nami Island
In the past, Nami Island was called ‘Namseom(南島),’ which literally translates to an island in the front. The name ‘Namiseom’ originates from General Nam I, whose body is believed to be buried in the pile of stones on the northern hill of Nami Island. Dasan Jeong Yakyong wrote about this myth about General Nam I and recorded Nami Island as ‘Namiseom(南怡苫)’ and ‘Namiseo(南怡嶼)’ in his books, Cheonwugihang(穿牛紀行) and Sansoosimwongi(汕水尋源記). ‘Seom(苫)’ means an island, ‘Do(島)’ refers to a larger island, and ‘Seo(嶼)’ is an island too small for people to inhabit. In 1965, Sujae Minn Byeong Do, the founder of Nami Island, erected a monument to honor General Nam I along with an epitaph written by Nosan Lee Eun-sang and inscribed by Iljung Kim Chung-hyeon. Meanwhile, the actual grave of General Nam I is known to be located in Namjeon-ro, Bibong-myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do.
UNICEF Child-Friendly Theme Park
In December 2010 Naminara Republic, Nami Island was designated a UNICEF Child Friendly Park. This was a first for Korea and only the 14th park in the world to receive such a designation. Nami was selected for this honor as a result of our ongoing financial support of UNICEF and cultural activities for children such as the Nami Island International Children’s Book Festival (Nambook). Nami Island has also been designated an “Easy Place” by The Human Rights Forum of Persons with Disabilities in Korea (PWDK) due to the ease of access we offer to all visitors.
Entry Visa includes both entrance fee and ferry fares, and can only be purchased on-site at the ticket booth.
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aminara Republic is a cultural tourism brand by Nami Island for visitors traveling its imaginary world. The Naminara Republic, which declared its cultural independence from the Republic of Korea, has its own diplomatic and cultural policies. Naminara celebrates the imagination and shares its beautiful fairy tales and songs with guests from all over the world.
Nami Island, Inc.
Nami Island, a tourism company that owns and manages the island, is located in 1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do. Nami Island has emerged as one of the must-visit places not only among Korean tourists but also among foreign tourists, with a growing number of them visiting the island. In fact, in 2016, 1,300,000 foreign visitors from 122 countries came to the island, and the island has 3,300,000 visitors in total annually.
Nami Island was formed as a result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam in 1944. In 1965, Sujae Minn Byeong Do purchased and started to forest this wasteland. In 1966, Kyeongchun Tourism Development, Inc. was established to build the tourist facilities. In April of 2000, it changed the company name to Nami Island, Inc. to overcome the 1997-98 Korean Financial Crisis.
Since 2001, Nami Island has expanded contents related to environment, art and culture. For the environment, Nami Island has cooperated with environmental organizations such as Environmental Education Center, YMCA and YWCA to operate programs including hands-on recycling programs, environmental education programs, environmental monitoring and eco-friendly development. For the community, education and welfare, Nami Island has supported regional high schools, multicultural single mother support centers, and the Heritage of Korean Independence. For culture & arts, Nami Island has sponsored international institutions such as UNICEF and UNESCO, and has provided opportunities for artists in various fields including fine arts and festivals.
In 1960 ~ 90, Nami Island was known for Winter Wanderer by the novelist, Choi In-ho and Gangbyeon Song Festival. Then, as the shooting location of the 2001 KBS television series Winter Sonata, there was a dramatic increase of tourists especially from Asian countries including Taiwan, Japan and China. Today, Nami Island is known as an international tourist spot with beautiful natural environment that attracts more tourists from all over the world.
On Nami Island, there are a variety of cultural spaces – The Song Museum, Liuseum – The Liu Collection of World Musical Instruments, Pyeonghwarang Gallery, Nami Gallery, Kid’s Land (International Children’s Library), Culture House, Nami Island Handicraft Studio, Yu Qing Cheng’s Happy Garden Sculpture Gallery, UNICEF Hall and Andersen Picture Book Center. Also, Hotel Jeonggwanru features guestrooms by different artists including painters, craftsmen and craftswomen, writers and even singers – each of whom added his or her own distinctive touches. Nami Island Arts & Education is also host to over 600 performances, exhibitions and festivals annually. This is a remarkable number among the domestic tourist spots.
The Blue Passport costs \45,000 and it can be used for a year from the date of issue. During this period of time, you can visit anytime you want and there’s no limit on the number of visits.
The Golden Passport is only given to our citizens.
* How do I become a citizen?
In order to become a citizen of Naminara you must be recognized for your contributions in terms of culture, art, and/or international exchange.
The ferry runs every 30 minutes between 7:30 – 9:00 and 18:00 – 21:40. More frequent service (every 10 or 20 minutes) is provided from 9:00 to 18:00. The last ferry is at 21:40 from Gapyeong to Nami; and at 21:45 from Nami to Gapyeong.