Sunday, February 08, 2015

Winter in Seoul Part 5 (Guide to Nami Island and Petite France)

As a fan of Korean dramas, I definitely could not pass up the chance to see Nami Island and Petite France during winter. It was absolute perfection (minus the amount of people that came with us who became major photo bombers). I want to visit both places again during spring - in time for the cherry blossoms. I bet that would be even more romantic. Hopefully, God permits I go there during the peak blossom. 

If you are also planning to go here, here is just a quick guide for you:

How to Get There:
My mom and I took the train as the system is quite efficient. Though it was a bit difficult for us initially, especially with buying the ticket, but we managed to get on the train and arrive in our destination safely. You have the option to take the bus which departs Insadong in Seoul. Nami Island and Petite France are both located in Gapyeong, an area outside of Seoul. You can find more information about the bus trip here. But if you want to take the train just like we did, here's how:
  • Ride the subway and alight at Yongsan station (line 1)
  • Don't follow the signs yet that says "to Gapyeong." You can't board the train yet because you have to purchase a separate ticket. There is an inspector inside the train so you have to make sure that you have the right ticket.
  • Tap out at one of the subway machines and go to one of the ticket vending machines.
  • Follow the instructions and select "Gapyeong." The instructions are pretty easy to follow and there is an English version so it is very tourist-friendly. Ticket from Yongsan to Gapyeong is 4,800.00KRW. 
  • Once you've purchased your ticket, no need for you to tap in your subway card or T-money anymore. You can exit the area where you bought your ticket and follow the signs that say to "Gapyeong." 
  • Make sure you read your ticket carefully as it says there the train number you must board, your coach number and your seat number. 
  • Travel time is roughly an hour or an hour and a half - I am not sure anymore. But my mom and I boarded the 9:30AM train and arrived sometime 10:30-11AM. 
  • Upon arrival, follow the exit signs. You don't have to tap your subway card here as well. 
  • When you exit the station, you will find a tourist information there. You can ask there what your transport options are and the times of departure. My mom and I decided to take the taxi which was just 3,000.00KRW. If you are just going to one place in Gapyeong I would suggest this. But if you plan to visit 2 or more areas, riding the bus is more cost-effective. Bus ride is 5,000.00KRW and can take you wherever you wish to go. But you have to take note of the times which can be seen in the brochure you get at the tourist information or at the bus terminal.
  • But when you go back, before entering the station, make sure you tap in your subway card already as you won't get the chance to tap in at Yongsan station. If you don't tap in, your card will prompt an error when you get off the subway station on your way home which you won't understand unless you can read Hangeul or speak Hangugeo. Purchase your ticket at the ticket machine going back to Yongsan station then tap in your subway card as well.

Beanie and Gloves: from Baguio | Turtleneck Top and Jeggings: Uniqlo | Coat: Stradivarius
Scarf: from mom | Boots: Forever 21 | Bag: Aldo

Entrance Fees:

  • Nami Island - there is an entrance fee/ Immigration fee to Nami Island. For locals it is 10,000.00KRW but for foreigners, it is only 8,000.00KRW. We are not charged tax perhaps?
  • Petite France - 5,000.00KRW
This is not a problem as there are various restaurants in Nami Island. What is even more surprising to us is the fact that they are cheaper than restaurants in Seoul. I ate spicy beef soup (I already forgot the name) and it was only 10,000.00KRW. Beef in Korea is super expensive around 25,000.00KRW so 10,000KRW is really affordable. There are also loads of cafes in Petite France.

Here is a sample matrix of cost and travel time per person:


Beanie and Gloves: from Baguio | Turtleneck Top and Jeggings: Uniqlo | Coat: Stradivarius
Scarf: from mom | Boots: Forever 21 | Bag: Aldo

Beanie and Gloves: from Baguio | Turtleneck Top and Jeggings: Uniqlo | Coat: Stradivarius
Scarf: from mom | Boots: Forever 21 | Bag: Aldo

More pictures from this trip on my next post!


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  7. i want to experience snow too. haha! :)
    anyway, great photos! seems like you really did enjoy your time at Seoul! i wish you more travels and a good week ahead :D

    xoxo, rae

    1. Thank you! I do have a few travels planned throughout the year and I can't wait for them!

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  10. nice photos, looks like a really cool place!

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