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 bus 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 options are pretty convenient 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, 2-3 lines transfer, 108 mins, 2350 won).
Take the subway to Cheongnyangni Station 청량리역 (from Myeongdong Station, 1 line transfer, 17 mins, 1250 won). Take subway exit 4 and walk to Cheongnyangni Train Station (3 mins). From there, take the ITX Train to Gapyeong Station 가평역 (40 mins, 4800 won, covered under Korail Pass). ITX train schedule & ticket can be booked online at KORAIL website.
If you are only going to visit The Garden of Morning Calm, Cheongpyeong Station 청평역 would be the nearer station. Subway from Myeongdong (for your reference only) takes about 90 mins with 2-3 transfers, 2150 won; OR Take the subway to Cheongnyangni Station 청량리역 (17 mins, 1250 won), exit 4, walk to Cheongnyangni Train Station (3 mins) and take the ITX train to Cheongpyeong 청평역 (35 mins, 3800 won).
When taking the subway, it is recommended to use the MetroidHD app (or any subway apps) to find the fastest path for you based on your travelling time and departure station.
If you are staying nearer to Yongsan Train Station 용산역, you can take ITX train from here as well (55 mins, 5900 won to Gapyeong Station)
If you are still undecided to take the subway or ITX train, just hop on the subway as they are more frequent 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 (/Cheongpyeong Station), begin your trip to your desired place of attractions by hopping on Gapyeong City Tour Bus:
Day Ticket: 6000 won (Adult) / 4000 (Child) / free (Child uner 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.
➌ Back to Seoul:
Take the subway back to Seoul from either Gapyeong Station 가평역 (to Myeongdong, 108 mins, 2-3 line transfers, 2350 won) or Cheongpyeong Station 청평역 (to Myeongdong, 90 mins, 2-3 transfers, 2150 won).
Take the ITX train from Gapyeong Station 가평역 (40 mins, 4800 won) or Cheongpyeong Station 청평역 (35 mins, 3800 won) to Cheongnyangni Station. Walk to Cheongnyangni Subway Station and take the subway back to your next destination in Seoul.
➊ Gapyeong Rail Park 가평레일파크
경기도 가평군 가평읍 장터길 14 | 14, Jangteo-gil, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
2 persons: 25,000 won / 4 persons: 35,000 won.
Incl. round trip from Gapyeong Station to Gyeonggang Station, 8km, 1hr 20mins.
6 departures per day (25 Feb - 31 Oct) / 5 departures (1 Nov - 24 Feb). See Schedule.
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: 13,000 won / Students (Middle to High School) & Seniors (70+ years old): 10,000 won / Child (36 mths old to Elementary School), after 18:00 (Dec-Mar) & after 17:00 (Apr-Nov): 7,000 won
44,000 won (incl. entrance fee & ferry from Nami Island)
Bicycle Rental (from 4,000 won, 30 mins)
Electric Tri-way Rental (from 12,000 won, 30 mins)
Sky-bike (3,000 won)
UNICEF Charity Train (3,000 won, 1-way)
Story Tour Bus (7,000 won, 20 mins)
Forest Adventure Treego (20,000 won)
Motorboat (40,000 won, 5 pax)
Baby Stroller (3,000 won)
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.
Direct Shuttle Bus with Departure from Isadong (9:30) / Namdaemum (9:30) / Myeongdong (9:45) and return from Gapyeong Wharf at 16:00. Round Trip: 15,000 won / 28,000 won (incl. entrance fee), One Way: 7,500 won. Child and senior fares available. From Gapyeong Wharf, take the ferry to Nami Island.
Nami Island with a circumference of 5km has the shape of a leaf surrounded by Cheongpyeong Lake. Nami Island was formed with the construction of Cheongpyeong dam and named after General Nami, a notable figure in Korean history.
Nami Island was 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 at Nami Island.
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: 10,000 won / Youth (Middle to High School) & Senior: 8,000 won / Child (36 mths old to Elementary School): 6,000 won
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 won.
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: 9,500 won / Senior (65 yrs old & above): 7,500 won / Youth (Middle to High School): 7,000 won / Child (36 mths old to Elementary School): 6,000 won
Refer to section - How to Get from Seoul to The Garden of Moring Calm. If preferred, Taxi from Cheongpyeong Station to The Garden of Morning Calm takes about 16 mins, 15,000 won.
If you are going back to Seoul from The Garden of Morning Calm, Cheongpyeong Station 청평역 would be the nearer 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.
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