South Korea: 3 Tips to Enjoy Nami Island

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  1. Watch Winter Sonata before visiting.

“Let me tell you how to make friends… left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot, slowly step by step.”

This hit Korean drama will make your walk around the island more meaningful. Then you won’t be surprised why these rusty bikes make people go “aaaaahhh!”.

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You’ll also know why the Metasequoia lane is a global symbol of the island.

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Heads up: the tree paths can get so crowded, you’ll probably have a hard time getting a clean photo of you.

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2. Go early.

It’s a popular pilgrimage site for K-drama addicts and a convenient getaway for locals. It can get crowded by midday, especially on a weekend.

Getting there early gives you a head start in taking pictures with lesser photo bombers.

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If your itinerary is full, you can tour the island in 2-3 hours. However, if you want to get the most out of your trip, you’ll have to stay longer.

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There are many facilities and activities to keep you entertained. The island has cultural villages, a library, theme parks, water sports, bicycle paths, coffee shops, and restaurants. You can also opt to stay overnight in their villas and bungalows.

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If I had to do this trip all over again, I would spend one whole day here.

I’d take photos in the morning and spend the afternoon leisurely writing, watching people and thinking about why I don’t want to go home.

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3. For the sake of good photos, go with friends.

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Tag someone along so they can take amazing shots of you.
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Everywhere you go is a setting for a dramatic shot.

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And silly ones too…

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But if you’re travelling alone, make sure you bring your GoPro or tripod. You would want to remember these sceneries.nami island south korea

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Maybe because of Winter Sonata’s ill-fated love story, there is a sense of sadness to the place. But it’s the kind of melancholy that makes you appreciate life more. It takes you back to the different experiences of love and the lessons it gave you. Innocent love. Lost love. True love.

I went home that day wanting to create more beautiful memories with people I love before it’s too late.

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This was the throng of people waiting to board the ferry back to the main island.
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I am thankful for this couple who were with me for the day. Who would imagine I’d have fun walking around in the cold with a pregnant mommy and a soju-crazy daddy.

Our parting scene was so funny. They ushered me to my train, stood by the door, shouted and pointed in unison when they saw an empty seat for me. They waved goodbye until I couldn’t see them anymore. So sweet!

This is what I love about the Filipino bond. We may have met each other for the first time but you made me feel like family.
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I would love to see Nami again in all 4 seasons 🙂

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