Korea Travelogue 2016 (Day 3): Nami Island, Gangchon Rail Park & Petite France
As mentioned earlier in my 8D7N Korea Itinerary, we have booked a Tour Package for Nami Island, Gangchon Rail Park & Petite France via Funtastic Korea. The advantage of booking the tour instead of going on our own is that we have shuttle bus transport. The tour package is inclusive of the Entrance & Ferry Tickets as well.
Join us in a Virtual Tour by watching our vlog below!
Namiseom Island aka Nami Island (남이섬 종합휴양지)
We got up bright & early in the morning and went to Myeondong Subway Station to board the Shuttle Bus to the wharf where we took the ferry to Nami Island.
Namiseom Island (better known as Nami Island) is a half-moon-shaped isle that resulted from the construction of the Cheongpyeong Dam. On it lies the grave of General Nami, who led a great victory against the rebels in the Joseon Dynasty.
Nami Island is 553,560 square yards & is located 65km away from Seoul. It is famous for its beautiful lined tree roads. One special feature of the Nami Island is that is has no Telephone Poles as all electric wires were constructed underground to preserve the natural ambience of the landscape.
Do You Know?
One of the famous Korean Drama – Winter Sonata had many romantic scenes filmed on Nami Island, making this island a great tourist location to visit the filming sites.
Gangchon Rail Park (강촌 레일파크)
Gangchon Rail Park was constructed on the discontinued Cyeongchun Train Line connecting Seoul and Chunchon. It is a popular tourist attraction that allows visitors to pedal along the old railroad tracks & admire the lovely Bukhangang River scenery at the same time.
The highlight of this trip has got to be the times when we entered into the tunnels where happy music was played when we entered.
It was really entertaining to see bubbles, pretty lights and happy songs during our ride in the 3 different tunnels. 😍
We took the 4-seater rail bike and shared it with a Singaporean couple. It was indeed amazing that we get to know them in Korea! 😂
Petite France (쁘띠프랑스)
Our tour package includes a short stopover at Petite France.
Petite France is a French cultural village and a youth training facility (Goseong Youth Training Center). It consists of 16 French-style buildings where visitors can lodge & experience the French culture.
If you’re a fan of Korean Dramas, this will be the ideal place to visit as many popular dramas are filmed here such as “My Love from Another Star“, “Secret Garden” & “Beethoven Virus“. This is the fairytale land where all the romance takes place. 😍
As I have been to Paris, France earlier, the exhibits in Petite France failed to WOW me as they are a far cry from the charm of authentic French architecture. However, we did enjoy the 30min French puppet show at the Open Theatre afterwards.
So this concludes our Day 3 in Korea.
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*Disclaimer: I don’t celebrate Christmas. Click HERE to find out why.
P.S. Some readers feedback that my previous post (Days 1 & 2 in Seoul: Heritage Tour) was lagging very badly as there were too many photos in it. Hence from this post onwards, I will compile the photos into collages to decrease the loading time – hope this helps with your browsing experience and sorry for the inconveniences caused earlier!