This island named after General Nami. I don't know much about him but sure that he is the hero of Korea.
Also known as Namiseom or Namido Island. It is a great place to spend the day away from the busy city life of Seoul. By train, it is only an hour away from Seoul and 30 minutes away from Chuncheon.
Nami is a crescent-shaped island in the middle of Cheongpyeongho Lake. It is surrounded by chestnut and poplar trees. It is a popular destination for tourists since a lot of scenes from the popular Korean soap "Winter Sonata" were taken here.
Hours: 7:30AM to 7:30PM
Admission (round-trip ferry boat fee included):
- W 5,000 (ages 20 and above)
- W 3,500 (ages 13 to 18)
- W 2,500 (ages 5 to 12)
- W 3,500 (ages 65+ and for handicapped)
- discounts for a group of 20 or more.
Ethiopia does not look like much from the outside but as you enter its like walking into a new world. The decor is straight out of africa. Its stunning. Ethiopia doubles as a coffee shop and I think a high class drinking venue. The view over the river is beautiful.
This place really doesn't look like much at all. When I was looking for it I walked right past it. The place looked empty so when I opened the door I was surprised to find 10 Koreans looking back at me. The same ammount of surprise showed on their faces. Even though I found this place in the lonely planet it was nice to know that this was a true cultural experience. The dish to eat is deer stew (Heukyeomsotang).
You get a big pot of stew with many many side dishes. After watching the other customers I was able to work out what to do. Stir the ingrediants in the bowl that has the oil, paste and ground something. Take chunks of meat and vegetables and dip it in the bowl.
To add flavour to the actual stew there are small bowls of red paste(fruity not spicy) and the groung stuff. Add to suit your taste.
So good luck and I hope you enjoy cause its absolutely delicious.
Dakgalbi (grilled chicken) is the local specialty of Chuncheon. A mixture of chicken chunks, potato, green vegetables and tapoki (rice cakes) are cooked on a hot plate at your table. The sauce is only a liitle spicy. Nothing like the sauce you normally have with tapoki. You can either eat as is or you can rap them in lettuce leaves. The dipping sauce as always is delicious.
The price including beer was W 11 000.
From Gapyeong Bus Terminal take a taxi to the ferry wharf (Gapyeong Parking Lot). The fare should be between 3,500 to 4,000 won. In Korean say "Namisum ga-ju-say-yo"
Private vehicles are not permitted on Nami Island. It must be parked in the ferry wharf parking lots. The day charge for all vehicles is 4,000 won.
-The entrance fee to Nami Island includes the cost of the ferry.
Adults: 5,000 won
Middle-High School Students 3,500 won
Age 5-Elementary School Students 2,500 won.
Age 4 and under: free
**Groups of 20 or more receive bonus tickets for free admission for 10% of the group.
**One teacher per 10 students (full paid admission) is admitted free with nursery
**One teacher per class of elementary/middle/high schools (full paid admission)
is admitted free.
Adults: 3,500 won
Middle-High School Students: 3,500/Accompanying Adult 3,500
Elementary School Students: 2,500/Accompanying Adult 3.500
65 years old and above: 3,500
The main area of Chuncheon is relatively small. Taking a taxi is easy and cheap. There are plenty of them around and everytime I took one, I only ever paid the basic rate.
The Chuncheon Marathon takes place at the end of October each year. It is one of the biggest marathons in South Korea with up to 20 000 people participating. The race circumnavigates Uiamho Lake. The people, the lake, the mountains and the multi-coloured leaves in this Autumn event make it an amazing spectacle.
Equipment: Running shoes and kit. And alot of energy and stamina. Entrance closes around the middle of July.
Favorite thing: Takgalbi is Chuncheon's specialty….spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables. Prepared by marinating chopped chicken in spicy red pepper paste with peppery seasoning. Cabbage, green onions, sweet potatoes and cylinder-shaped cakes are then added and the ingredients are all placed in a large cast iron pan. The mixture is then stir-fried at the table. Can be enjoyed on its own or wrapped in lettuce leaves for a fresh crunchy bite.