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.
For more inquiries, please visit our website or contact us at +82-31-580-8114.
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.
Yes, there is one more option to enter the island: • Zip-Wire: You can purchase a ticket at Zip-Wire Tower. It costs \44,000 per person(one-way) and the ticket includes the admission fee. For more information, please call us at +82 (0)31-582-8091.
Yes. There are several options 1) Nammoon (Korean), 2) Dongmoon (Asian fusion, Halal-certified), 3) Gomok (Nibble & Sip), 4) Seomhyanggi (Grill & Stew) and 5) PIZZA & PASTA (European). Reservations may be required for a group as there is a limited number of seats. You can also enjoy coffee and beverages at Snow Café, Swing Café & Bakery, May Café, Bookcafé, Sonata Café, or Islana Lounge.
DDANJI PUB (PIZZA & PASTA) +82-31-580-8056
Nami Island Bookcafé +82-31-580-8098
Islana Lounge +82-31-580-8100
Snow Café +82-31-581-5701
Sonata Café +82-31-580-8131
May Café +82-31-580-8017
Swing Café & Bakery +82-31-580-8020
Yes. We offer a variety of hands-on activities at Nami Island Handicraft Studio, Picture Book Library. Reservations are required in advance.
Nami Island Handicraft Studio +82 (0)31-580-8199
Picture Book Library +82 (0)31-580-8060
Yes. Hotel Jeonggwanru, owned by Nami Island, offers a variety of room types: artist-designed rooms, bungalows and cottages. Our bungalows and cottages suited for either couple, family or group stays. Cooking is allowed only in family-type bungalows.
Breakfast buffet is available between 8:30 – 11:00. It costs adult/child, \15,000/\8,000.
Please walk down the main lane of the island until you reach the central square which has a huge old tree in the center. It takes about 15-20 minutes on foot. At the central square, please turn left and then turn right at the swimming pool. You will see a Korean-style pavilion in front of you, which is the reservations office of the Hotel Jeonggwanru.
If you have made a reservation, and would like to go to the hotel in our pick-up van, we will be happy to provide this service for you. Please go and wait at the bus-stop on the right side of Nami Wharf after requesting this service with phone call to +82 (0)31-580-8000 or by visiting the Tourism Bureau.
If you have any questions or want to make a reservation for a room, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the hotel directly.
Telephone : +82 (0)31-580-8000
E-mail : email@example.com
Our employees will be happy to assist you in making reservations.
First, we would like to recommend that you take the train. The nearest train station is Gapyeong Station.
1) There are two ways to get to Gapyeong Station. Intra-city
bus: Please go to the intra-city bus stop, which is located at the entrance of Nami Island’s parking lot.
It is right across from a 7-Eleven convenience store.
The bus runs according to the timetable below:
Taxi: You can take a taxi to get to Gapyeong Station.
The taxi stop is close to the intra-city bus stop. It costs around \4,000.
Upon arrival at Gapyeong Station:
2-1) You may take the line that terminates at Sangbong Station in Seoul.
This train runs frequently from 5:33 to 23:13 on weekdays, and from 6:03 to 23:13 on weekends.
A one way ticket costs \2,150. Please note: there are no reserved seats on this train.
It takes approximately 53 min. to get to Sangbong Station.
2-2) Or you may take the ITX-Cheongchun train which terminates at Cheongnyangni Station or Yongsan Station (both in Seoul).
The train runs every 30 min. to 1 hour from 6:26 to 22:28 on weekdays and from 6:31 to 22:30 on weekends.
A one way ticket costs \4,000 for Cheongnyangni and \4,800 for Yongsan. It takes 39 min. to Cheongnyangni Station and 55 min. to Yongsan Station. Please note: these are reserved seat trains.
1) There are two ways to get to Gapyeong Intercity Bus Terminal.
Intra-city bus: Please go to the intra-city bus stop, which is located at the entrance of Nami Island’s parking lot. It is right across from a 7-Eleven convenience store.
The bus runs according to the timetable below:
Taxi: You can take a taxi to get to Gapyeong Intercity Bus Terminal. It costs around \4,000.
2) At the Gapyeong Intercity Bus Terminal purchase a ticket for the East Seoul Bus Terminal. The bus runs every 20-30 minutes from 6:10 to 22:20. A ticket costs \6,400 for one adult.
Shuttle bus reservations can be made via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by phone (+82 2-753-1246~7) or in person by visiting our Seoul Embassy located in Insadong. We have staff who speak English and who will be happy to assist you from 09:00 to 18:00. * Please note that the departure time can change from 09:30 to 08:30 during certain months.(May/June/July/August/October)
The prayer room is located in the middle of the island, on the second floor of a building called Baplex.
There are Halal restaurants on the island. Certified Halal Restaurant ‘Dongmoon’ is delighted to welcome our Muslim visitors from around the globe.
There are several ways to get in touch with our Lost & Found.
* Phone: You can directly contact Tourist Information Center at +82 (0)31-580-8008, Tourism Bureau +82 (0)31-580-8153, or Customer Service Center at +82 (0)31-580-8151.
* Offline: You can report a lost item at Tourist Information Center, Tourism Bureau (nearby Nami Wharf), and Customer Service Center (next to Gapyeong Wharf).
Visitors to Nami Island may rent bicycles from the Bike Center located in the center of the island.
Personal bicycles, bicycles with electric motors, battery-powered wheelchairs and vehicles may not be brought onto Nami Island. However children’s bikes with training wheels are permitted.
Bicycles for rent: Bicycle(Single, Couple, Family), Electri Tri-way(Single, Baby), Sky-bike
For more information: +82-31-582-0144 at Bike Center
“Pets less than 15KG and on a leash are allowed on Nami Island. In accordance with the government’s The Animal Protection Act, a total of five breeds and their half-breeds, including Tosa, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Rottweiler, are not allowed on Nami Island. In accordance with the Act on Welfare of Persons with Disabilities, certified assistance dogs are permitted without restriction. For pets other than dogs, contact the Customer Service Center in advance.”
Please adhere to Nami Island’s Pet Etiquette as follows:
- Clean up after your pets.
- For safety, hold your pet while getting on and off board.
- With the exception of Gomok Restaurant, all pets are not permitted to indoor facilities.
- Bungalow Freesia, 2+2 Cottages (Squirrel and Ostrich) are pet-friendly rooms. Pets are prohibited from all other accommodations.
Yes. There are five nursing mother’s rooms on the island: Tourism Bureau, The Song Museum, UNICEF Hall, Picture Book Library, and Hotel Jeonggwanru; and one outside the island: Customer Service Center.
Yes. Lockers are available in several areas: 1) behind the ticket office, 2) at the right corner of Nami Shop, and 3) nearby the Bike Center. Prices depend on the size of the locker. The dimensions are:
Small: 32cm(h) x 37cm(w) x 47.5cm(d) (\1,000)
Large: 81.5cm(h) x 37cm(w) x 47.5cm(d) (\1,500)
* Those who are staying over with us can keep their belongings at the hotel reception.
Yes. Wheelchairs are available free of charge at Customer Service Center next to Gapyeong Wharf and at Tourism Bureau nearby Nami Wharf.
Strollers for infants (under the age of 2) are available only at Tourism Bureau. The rental fee costs \3,000 which goes to UNICEF.
Since using flashlights in an attempt to bird watch at night disturbs the animals and plants,
we regret to say that this is not allowed.
For more inquiries please call +82 (0)31-580-8114