Korea Travel Diary: Autumn Sonata

December 29th, 2014

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Four years ago, I prayed to God that I may celebrate my birthday in Seoul but the timing isn’t right. There is a saying “God’s perfect timing”, you just have to wait for God’s perfect timing and He will say YES to your prayers. It was such a blessing from God that I could celebrate my birthday in South Korea. Traveling with my mom is one of the greatest gift God gave me. It was a mother-daughter bonding time.

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Nature trip is our itinerary on my birthday – Namiseom or Nami Island. Place of my favorite Korean drama when I was in high school, “Winter Sonata”.

Tips on how to go to Nami Island:

From subway transfer to Cheongnyangni station, take ITX to Gapyeong station: 4,000 KRW

From Gapyeong station, ride a taxi to Gapyeong port: 3,000 KRW

Ride a ferry boat to Nami Island: 8.000 KRW

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Cheongnyangni Station beside Lotte Department Store.

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Their train station is so nice! Purchase ITX ticket to Gapyeong station. Don’t worry they speak English. =)

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From Gapyeong Station, take a taxi to Gapyeong port. There are also bus available which cost 5,000 KRW good for one day.

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From Gapyeong port, you can choose which transportation you will use to Nami Island: Zip-wire or Ferry boat.

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If you watched We Got Married, Leeteuk and Kang Sora rode the zip-wire.

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We decided to take the Ferry boat.

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It was my first time to ride a ferry. It only took 5 minutes to reach the island.

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Finally, Nami Island!

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Where to go first?

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Say hello to the wild Ostrich!

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Its amazing how the island is not only about the Winter Sonata, also they have the UNICEF hall and gallery of artworks.

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MBC broadcasting station is one of the coolest place i saw in Nami. They have a studio here which you can become a news anchor.

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We had lunch here at the Winter Sonata Cafe. They serve authentic Korean lunch box.

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Tuna lunchbox. Its super delicious! =) Just make sure to shake the lunchbox. You’ll discover after shaking the food tastes so good!

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Korean Pancake

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I really love this shot. The lovers in Nami.

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The famous tree lane of the Kdrama Winter Sonata. I really love the Autumn season. <3 (say hello to the photo bomber :> )

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The statue of Joon Sang and Yoo Jin.

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Time for a quick break. We had red bean steamed buns for snack.

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Here’s my techie mom resting while using her IPAD. =))

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Experiencing how to warm myself for a moment in a traditional way.

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If you want to stay overnight, they have hotels available. Visit www.namisum.com

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Inside the Nami shop there is a replica of the snowman Joon Sang and Yoo Jin made in the drama.

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I’ve seen a lot of ceramic dolls in Korea. Their craftsmanship is impeccable.

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Me and my snow friends. Wish I could take them to Manila to bring happiness. ^_^ It was a fun filled day in Nami Island. I am blessed to see this wonderful creation that God has made. Will travel back to Seoul tired but happy.

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