Nami Island is one of the most popular and must-visit destinations for visitors to South Korea. A day trip to Nami Island can be made together with its nearby attractions including The Garden of Morning Calm, Petite France and Gapyong Rail Park.
There are many options to get to these attractions in Gapyeong easily including the once-a-day direct shuttle bus services to/fro Nami Island and the many affordable day tours available to different Gapyeong's attractions of your choice. For those who are more adventurous and would like to travel at your own timings, public transport is another feasible option too.
We will cover the following topics for your day trip planning to Gapyeong's top attractions:
How to Go to Nami Island, The Garden of Morning Calm, Petite France & Gapyeong Rail Park from Seoul
➊ From Seoul to Gapyeong Station:
Take the subway to Gapyeong Station 가평역 (from Myeongdong Station, 2 lines transfer, 80+ mins, ₩2250).
Take the subway to Cheongnyangni Station 청량리역 in Seoul (from Myeongdong Station, 1 line transfer, 17 mins, ₩1250). Take subway's exit 4 and walk to Cheongnyangni Train Station (3 mins). From there, take the ITX Train to Gapyeong Station 가평역 (39 mins, ₩5700, covered under Korail Pass as well). ITX train schedule & ticket can be booked online at KORAIL official website.
Cheongnyangni (Seoul) to Gapyeong
Tourist Information, Bus Stop & Taxi Stand
**for overview only. see latest ITX train schedule**
Map of Gyeongchun Line (subway & ITX) to Gapyeong Station (/Cheongpyeong Station) from Seoul
When taking the subway, it is recommended to use the MetroidHD/KakaoMetro app (or any subway apps) to find the fastest path based on your departure time and station. It is worthwhile to try a few departure times as there are limited trains per hour on Gyeongchun Line.
Also on subway, when transferring to Gyeongchun Line at either Cheongnyani (KTX), Hoegi or Sangbong (KTX) Stations, please note that the subway line colour of Gyeongchun Line (last station: Chuncheon) is closely similar to Gyeongui-Jungang Line (last station: Jipyeong), operating along these stations as well. Lastly, non-KTX station (e.g. Hoegi Station) will be less complex and recommended for your transfer to Gyeongchun Line.
If you are staying nearer to Yongsan Station 용산역 in Seoul, you can take ITX train from here as well (55 mins, ₩6900 to Gapyeong Station).
If you are only going to visit The Garden of Morning Calm, you may alight at the nearer Cheongpyeong Station. refer to section below for details.
If you are still undecided to take the subway or ITX train, just hop on the subway as they are more frequent and cheaper than the ITX trains and thus offer greater flexibility for your day trip.
Gapyeong Tourist Information, bus stop and taxi stand are all conveniently located outside Gapyeong Station 가평역.
➋ From Gapyeong Station, begin your trip to your desired place of attractions by hopping on Gapyeong City Tour Bus (Course A):
Day Ticket: ₩8000 (Adult) / ₩6000 (Child) / free (Child under 3 years old).
Purchase day ticket on board with driver either by cash or using T-money (card).
You can hop on and off the bus as many times as you wish on its circular route.
**for overview only. see latest bus schedule**
➌ Back to Seoul:
Take the subway back to Seoul from either Gapyeong Station 가평역 (to Myeongdong, 87+ mins, 2 line transfers, ₩2250) or Cheongpyeong Station 청평역 (to Myeongdong, 77+ mins, 2 transfers, ₩2150).
Take the ITX train from Gapyeong Station 가평역 (40 mins, ₩5700) or Cheongpyeong Station 청평역 (35 mins, ₩4500) to Cheongnyangni Station. Walk to Cheongnyangni Station (subway) and take the subway to your next destination in Seoul.
Gapyeong to Cheongnyangni (Seoul)
Cheongpyeong to Cheongnyangni (Seoul)
**for overview only. see latest train schedule**
➊ Gapyeong Rail Park 가평레일파크
경기도 가평군 가평읍 장터길 14 | 14, Jangteo-gil, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
2-seater rail bike: ₩30,000 / 4-seater rail bike: ₩40,000. Pricing based on per bike.
Incl. round trip from Gapyeong Station to Gyeonggang Station, 8km, 1hr 20mins.
Gapyeong Rail Park operates the Gapyeong Rail Bike Course on an abandoned railway line. The round-trip course of total 8km departs from Gapyeong Rail Park to Gyeonggang Station and back to Gapyeong Rail Park.
The course passes through scenic views including Gapyeongcheon Stream Iron Bridge, Bukhanggang Iron Bridge and Zelkova Tree Tunnel.
➋ Nami Island 남이섬
강원도 춘천시 남산면 남이섬길 1 | 1, Namiseom-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
1st Ferry (from Gapyeong Wharf): 7:30, Last Ferry (from Nami Wharf): 21:40
7:30-9:00 - every 30 mins
9:00-18:00 - every 10-20 mins
18:00-21:40 - every 30 mins
Ferry ride: 5-6 mins
9:00-17:00 (Apr-Oct) / 9:00-18:00 (Nov-Mar)
Under 2 mins to reach Nami Island (1-way only)
VISA Fees (incl. entrance & ferry fees):
Adult: ₩16,000 / Students (Middle to High School) & Seniors (70+ years old): ₩13,000 / Child (36 mths old to Elementary School), before 8:00 boat boarding, after 18:00 (Dec-Mar) & after 18:30 (Apr-Nov): ₩10,000
₩49,900 (incl. entrance fee & ferry from Nami Island)
Bicycle Rental (from ₩5,000, 30 mins)
Electric Tri-way Rental (from ₩12,000, 30 mins)
UNICEF Charity Train (₩3,000, 1-way)
Story Tour Bus (₩8,000, 20 mins)
Forest Adventure Treego (₩20,000)
Motorboat (₩40,000, 5 pax)
Baby Stroller (₩3,000)
Refer to section - How to Get from Seoul to Nami Island. If preferred, Taxi from Gapyeong Station to Gapyeong Wharf is just 5 mins ride and costs only 5000 won. From Gapyeong Wharf, take the ferry to Nami Island.
Nami Island has the interesting shape of a leaf with 5km circumference. It is surrounded by Cheongpyeong Lake.
The island was formed with the construction of Cheongpyeong dam and named after General Nami, a notable figure in Korean history.
Nami Island is well-known worldwide as the filming location of the hugely popular Korean TV drama, Winter Sonata (2002) by Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo. There is even a life-size statue of the show's main characters, located on the extreme right end of the island from Nami Wharf.
Even though it is a small island, there are a lot of things to see, do and eat at Nami Island. So, visitors are encouraged to buffer enough time to cover this beautiful island on your visit.
Gapyeong Wharf & Around
Ferry to Nami Island
or Zip-wire to Nami Island
Arriving at Nami Island
Central Korean Pine Tree Lane
Baekpungmilwon Maple Garden
Together Park & Maple Lane
Weeping Willow Lane & Tulip Tree Lane
UNICEF Charity Train
Nami Wharf & Nearby
➌ Petite France 쁘띠프랑스
경기도 가평군 청평면 호반로 1063 | 1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
sunset-20:00 (for Little Prince Lighting Festival in Winter, ticketing ends at 19:00)
Adult & Youth (Middle to High School): ₩12,000 / Child (36 mths old to Elementary School): ₩10,000
Refer to section - How to Get from Seoul to Petite France. If preferred, Taxi from Gapyeong Station to Petite France takes about 25 mins, ₩20,000.
If you are going back to Seoul from Petite France, Cheongpyeong Station 청평역 would be the nearer station.
Petite France, a French cultural village set in the Korean countryside and the only French theme park in Korea.
Petit France's concept is to give dream and hope not only to children but also warm happiness to grown-ups when they visited the place.
➍ The Garden of Morning Calm 아침고요수목원
경기도 가평군 상면 수목원로 432 | 432, Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Winter Lighting Festival (Dec - March): 11:00-21:00 (Weekdays & Sundays) / 11:00-23:00 (Saturdays)
Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Adult: ₩11,000 / Senior (65 yrs old & above): ₩9,000 / Youth (Middle to High School): ₩7,500 / Child (36 mths old to Elementary School): ₩6,500
If you are only going to visit The Garden of Morning Calm:
Cheongpyeong Station 청평역 would be the nearest station. Subway from Myeongdong (for your reference only) takes about 71+ mins with 2 transfers, ₩2150;
Take the subway to Cheongnyangni Station 청량리역 (17 mins, ₩1250), exit 4, walk to Cheongnyangni Train Station (3 mins) and take the ITX train to Cheongpyeong 청평역 (35 mins, ₩4500).
From Cheongpyeong Station (exit 1), take city bus no. 30-6/30-7 to The Garden of Morning Calm, the terminal stop, 25 mins. If preferred, taxi from Cheongpyeong Station to The Garden of Morning Calm takes about 17 mins, ₩16,600.
**For overview only. Use Naver Map / KakaoMap App for the latest bus schedule based on your travel time. Info on the full bus schedule is also available at the station & morning calm bus stops. **
💡Tourist Information, bus stop & taxi stand are all conveniently located outside Cheongnyangni Station.
The Garden of Morning Calm is the oldest private garden in Korea, founded by Professor Han Sang-kyung with vision to create a world-class garden that embraces the beauty of Korea.
The Garden of Morning Calm with a total area of 330,000㎡ has over 5,000 kinds of plants and 22 distinctive themes.
This beautiful and artistic garden can be enjoyed in all seasons, including the Lighting Festival (Dec-Mar) in Winter.
a) Entrance & Filming Location
b) Dropping Tree Garden & Sunken Garden
c) Road to Heaven
d) Pond Garden, Korean Garden & Open Air Stage
e) Pine and Japanese Oak Forests Trail
f) Wild Flowers in Spring
g) Green House
h) Plant Shop
Winter & Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival (Dec - Mar)
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