Day 4 (25th October 2012)
Today is our day trip to Nami Island, where the famous TV drama Winter Sonata was filmed. Initially I wanted to go to the Folk Village in Buchon, but my mum insisted that we visit Nami Island. I guess it was a good opportunity to see Korea’s beautiful outdoor scene. Over the years, Winter Sonata became really popular in the east, including my home country Malaysia. I’ve watched the drama series back in 2004, but I can’t remember the details.
The trip from Seoul to the Nami Island jetty took us around 1 hour 30 minutes. Nami Island is a privately owned man made island. It is located within Naminara Republic, an “imaginary” country created by the owners of the island. To get to Nami Island, we had to board a ferry at Gapyeong Wharf, the wharf connecting the “mainland” to Nami Island.
From far, we could see Nami Island. It’s not that big. The boat ride from the wharf took around 10-15 minutes. A full tour of the island would take around 1-2 hours.
We were told that today was one of the early days of autumn, where the leaves started to change colour. We started to notice the beautiful amber/orange/brown leaves as we arrived at Nami Island. The autumn leaves were spectacular. I’ve never seen such beautiful leaves. Together with the somewhat chill weather (it was around 12 to 14 Degrees), it made the perfect weather for picnic on the fields.
We had lunch at one of the restaurants in the island. After lunch, we explored the remaining part of the island. Each section in the island is labelled with a scene from the movie. Apart from Winter Sonata stuff, there were some interesting stone art in the island (above photo).
At the far end of the island, there was a stretch of yellow leaves. It was beautiful. I’ve never seen such colour on trees. Amazing.
One of the cuter parts of the Winter Sonata tour was the “First Kiss” scene. Haha. I can imagine how wild the fans must have been when they first visited the actual scene.
We left Nami Island around 2PM. From Nami Island, our next stop was the amethyst center. I bought a set of necklace and earrings for Aliaa, and mum bought a few items for herself.
From there, the tour guide dropped us off at Myeondong, near Lotte Mall. We gave him a 20,000 Won tip (~RM55 or USD18), and said thank you.
We visited Lotte Mall‘s Duty Free section. Given that it was the “Duty Free” section, I was surprised that hardly any staff spoke English. Most of the staff spoke only Chinese or Japanese. I guess those 2 countries are their biggest customers here.
From Myeondong, we took a cab back to Itaewon. We had coffee at Cafe Nescafe in Itaewon, and after that went on exploring nearby shops. Interestingly enough, I spotted Roti Boy, a Malaysian bakery in Itaewon! Nicely done Roti Boy! I love their bread! Their Rotiboy Bun is a must try if you ever get the chance. Website: http://www.rotiboy.com
After dinner, we went back to the hotel to get some rest. Tomorrow is our last day in Seoul, and I plan to visit the famous Gangnam district. And if time permits, I hope to buy some nice Korean silk to bring back home.