In case you haven’t read yet my Travel Guide to South Korea, click here.
For DAY 1 of 5 days 4 nights in South Korea, please click here. 🙂
We started our DAY 2 with a free breakfast by the guesthouse. It’s on a self-service basis from toasting the bread, preparing the coffee to washing your own dishes. 🙂 You can also use their electric stove and cook whatever you like. I love their cereals with the sweetened milk, toasted bread with butter or strawberry jam and their real orange juice (2 glasses everyday hahaha) Yum! Breakfast all you can, btw! 😀 Their breakfast is available until 11 am only.
We left the guesthouse around 10 o’clock. There are different options for transportation from Myeongdong to Gapyeong-gun. Gapyeong-gun is where Nami Island, Jade Garden and Petite France are located. You can take the bus (check this link), private car (visit this site), cab (good luck for the price! haha) or take the subway (like what we did). Shortest travel would be through the subway – 1 and a half hour and the longest is through the bus – 2 to 3 hours.
Using the Seoul Subway app, below is the fastest route that was suggested. Total fare: 2,250KRW.
We arrived at Gapyeong station at 11:45am. The waiting area for the tourist bus is just outside the station. There are many tourist spots in Gapyeong-gun province so if you’re planning to visit all of those (wow richness! haha), riding the Gapyeong tourist bus is recommended because you can just hop on and off in every place, however, there is a scheduled time for it. See image below. Gapyeong Terminal – Gapyeong Station – Jaraseom – Rail Bike – Nami Island – Petite France – Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal – Cheongpyeong Station – Morning Calm Garden.
From Gapyeong station, we took a local bus going to the ferry wharf to Nami Island. The fare was not more than 1,000KRW with around 5 minutes travel time. The entrance fee for Nami Island is 8,000KRW for foreigners so bring your passport for proper identification.
There are many flags in the ferry so I was excited to look for the most beautiful one, tadaaaa! haha 🙂
Nami Island is very near from the wharf, we immediately got there after 5 minutes.
WELCOME TO NAMISEOM ISLAND!!! 🙂
I brought a marker so “write-all-you-can” mode hahaha Picture here and there and everywhere LOL
There are many restaurants in Nami but we chose to eat in Seomhyanggi because of RICE! hahaha
Budget: 10,000KRW per person.
For lovers out there, you can have your prenup shoot here or stay overnight in these beautiful mini houses by the lake. Awwww, how romantic! ❤
This island got famous because of the series Winter Sonata so I guess it’s a must to take pictures with these life-size sculptures of Bae Yong Jun and Choi Ji Woo.
For more details about Namiseom Island, visit this page.
Bye NAMI! 😦
NEXT: JADE GARDEN
From Nami to Jade Garden, taxi fare was 8,400KRW (10 minutes travel time). Unfortunately, it was already closed when we arrived. 😦 So we only have few pictures. Haaay. FYI, entrance fee is 8,000KRW.
If you have watched That winter, the wind blows, this place would really look familiar to you. 🙂
Jade Garden is quite far from the highway so have a prior arrangement with the taxi driver or ask the reception to call for a cab (which we weren’t able to do because like I said, they were already closed) So, we needed to walk for like 20 minutes to the highway! huhuhu
For more information about Jade Garden, click this.
LAST STOP: PETITE FRANCE
It was almost dark when we left Jade Garden so we were kinda hesitant to proceed to Petite France but duhhhh, take the risk! hahaha We waited for more than 15 minutes for a cab and we were feeling almost hopeless until a cab suddenly stopped in front of us with an old couple in the front seats. Yey!
PROBLEM: They don’t speak English
SOLUTION: English-Korean translation apps (told yah, they were helpful!:D )
Petite France was a bit far, our taxi fare reached 14,000KRW. Gosh! The couple was kind enough to ask about our hotel since it was already dark and there are only few houses nearby. We were very lucky because they were also headed to Myeongdong, so they offered to wait for us and gave us an estimate of 50,000KRW for the taxi meter to Myeongdong, so pricey but at least, safe and comfy! 🙂
I was really excited about this place because of the series, You who came from the stars. 🙂 You can’t really appreciate the place through my pictures, sorry. But check this page for more I-wanna-go-there photos or this page for more information. 😀 Entrance fee: 8,000KRW.
Bye Gapyeong-gun Province! 😦
We arrived at Myeongdong around 9:30pm with noisy tummies so we decided to eat at Yoogane. Budget: 10,000KRW per person.
BURRRRPPP!!!! Time to go home! 🙂 Thank you for reading ladies and gents! 😉
DAY 3: Palace, Traditional costume experience and N Tower, click here.