Ultimate Guide to Nami Island Tours for 2020

Ultimate Guide to Nami Island Tours
Ultimate Guide to Nami Island Tours

Visiting Nami Island is one of the most popular day tours from Seoul and rightfully so.  Nami Island is a unique experience, consisting of the beautiful Nami Island which is situated in the middle of the Han River which is located 80km / 50 mi north east from Seoul. 

There are many different Nami Island tour options to choose from as there are so many different options to see and do in the area surrounding Nami Island.  This article will take you through the different options, and also includes a detailed overview of each of the tour destinations to help you decide which tour to book.

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Nami Island Tour Summary

Below are our recommended Nami Island Tour options. Read through the article below to learn more about what is included in each tour option, and also further information about each attraction you can visit. Then decide which tour will suit you best, and ensure you book early to get your preferred tour option.

  • Check out the Nami Island Combo Tour booking options through Klook, Get Your Guide, Viator and Trazy.
  • Check out the Nami Island Private Tour booking options through Klook, Get Your Guide and Viator
  • Check out the Nami Island Round Trip Transfer and Admission Ticket through Klook.
  • Check out the Seoraksan National Park and Nami Island Tour booking options through Klook, Get Your Guide, Viator and Trazy.
  • Check out the Nami Island, Alpaca Pasture and Garden of Morning Calm Tour booking options through Klook and Viator.
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Sculptures on Nami Island
Sculptures on Nami Island

Nami Island Combo Tour

The Nami Island Combo Tour options include coach transportation from and to the collection and drop off points and entry to between 2-4 attractions including:

  • Nami Island
  • Nami Island Zipline (additional fee though the Klook and Trazy tours only)
  • Petite France
  • The Garden of Morning Calm
  • Gangchon or Gapyeong Rail Bikes

Coach tour collection and drop off points include the following options:

  • Hongik University Station
  • Myeongdong Station
  • Dongdaemun Station

Check out the Nami Island Combo Tour booking options through Klook, Get Your Guide, Viator and Trazy.

Having fun on the Gapyeong Rail Bike
Having fun on the Gapyeong Rail Bike

Nami Island Private Tour

The Nami Island Private Tour options are great for small and larger groups. Click here to read our detailed review of the Klook Private Tour to Nami Island (including Zipline!)

Includes private transportation direct from your accommodation and entry to between 2-4 attractions including:

  • Nami Island
  • Nami Island Zipline
  • Petite France
  • The Garden of Morning Calm
  • Gangchon or Gapyeong Rail Bikes

Check out the Nami Island Private Tour booking options through Klook, Get Your Guide and Viator.

Our driver and luxurious vehicle for our Nami Island Day Tour through Klook
Our driver and luxurious vehicle for our private Nami Island Day Tour through Klook

Nami Island Only Tour

The Nami Island Only Tour includes return shuttle bus from Seoul to Nami Island and Nami Island Entrance Fee. Coach tour collection and drop off points include the following options:

  • Namdaemoun
  • Myeongdong
  • Insadong (peak dates only)

Check out the Nami Island Round Trip Transfer and Admission Ticket through Klook.

The Impressive Coach Parking Lot outside Nami Island
The Impressive Coach Parking Lot outside Nami Island

Seoraksan National Park and Nami Island Tour

The Seoraksan National Park and Nami Island Tour includes coach transportation and attraction entry. Coach tour collection and drop off points include the following options:

  • Hongik University Station
  • Myeongdong Station
  • Dongdaemun Station

Check out the Seoraksan National Park and Nami Island Tour booking options through Klook, Get Your Guide, Viator and Trazy

Nami Island, Alpaca Pasture and Garden of Morning Calm Tour

The Nami Island, Alpaca Pasture and Garden of Morning Calm Tour includes transportation and attraction entry. Coach tour collection points include the following options:

  • Hongik University Station
  • Myeongdong Station
  • Dongdaemun Station

Returns to Myeongdong Station only.

Check out the Nami Island, Alpaca Pasture and Garden of Morning Calm Tour booking options through Klook and Viator.

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Overview of Nami Island Tour Package Options

Nami Island Overview

Nami Island History

Nami Island sits in the middle of the Han River and was formed when the Cheongpyeong Dam was built in 1944.  Nami Island is named after General Nami, who is believed to have died in this location during the reign of King Sejo (~1455 – 1468) in the Josean dynasty.  His remains have never been found.

Nami Island is quite large, with an area of approximately 114 acres or 462,000 square meters.  The island is covered with beautiful chestnut and poplar trees, and many art and recreation activities are available. 

You can visit Nami Island all year round, with amazing cherry blossoms in Spring, lush greenery in Summer, fall foliage in Autumn and snow in Winter.

You could easily spend a few hours, a half day or full day exploring Nami Island.  Fun things to do in Nami Island include the activities detailed below.

Pleasant Autumn Colours Starting to Emerge on Nami Island
Pleasant Autumn Colours Starting to Emerge on Nami Island

Nami Island Zipline

The Nami Island Zipline is one of the top adventurous activities to experience in South Korea!  I speak from personal experience that this is an amazing experience where you travel on the 940m long zipline from Nami Island Wharf to Nami Island from the top of an 80m / 262 ft high tower across the Han River at speeds up to 56 km/hr or 35 mph!  Your zipline ticket includes your entry fee to Nami Island and your return ferry transfer.

View of our youngest son on the Nami Island Zipline - you can see Nami Island in the middle of the river
View of our youngest son on the Nami Island Zipline – you can see Nami Island in the middle of the river

Click here to read our detailed review of the Klook Private Tour to Nami Island (including Zipline!)

Nami Island Tours which include the option to ride the Nami Island Zipline:

  • Check out the Nami Island Combo Tour booking options which include the option to ride the Nami Island Zipline through Klook and Trazy.
  • Private Nami Island tours will all include the Nami Island Zipline in their itinerary options at an additional cost.  Check out the Nami Island Private Tour booking options through Klook, Get Your Guide and Viator
Anne arriving on Nami Island after a fun Zipline ride
Anne arriving on Nami Island after a fun Zipline ride

Nami Island Attractions

There is a lot to see and do on Nami Island as detailed below:

  • Nami Island Forested Pathways.  Nami Island is criss-crossed with beautiful tree lined pathways lined with chestnut, poplar, pine, gingko and giant redwood trees.
  • Nami Island Artwork.  Along each pathway you will experience a great variety of unique artwork and sights.
  • Trains.  You can ride either the Story Train or Unicef Mini Train to get around the island and learn more about the history of the island.
  • Gongsaengwon Garden (The Winter Sonata Statue).  Gongsaengwon Garden is located at the south eastern side of Nami Island and within this garden you can find the statue of Min-hyeong and Yoo-jin, the major characters from the Winter Sonata popular Korean drama show.
  • Nami Island Bike Rental.  A great option to get around Nami Island is to rent a bike and then just explore!  The Bike Hire centre is located in the centre of Nami Island, and a large selection of bikes are available for hire.  Note that bicycle hire is weather dependant. 
  • Nami Island Rail Bike.  There is a fun small railbike called the Sky Bike Nami Island  which is a great option for families to pedal along an elevated track. 
  • Nami Island Animal Encounters.  Nami Island is home to an interesting selection of animals and birds.  Roaming free around the island are peacocks, rabbits and squirrels. Inside an enclosure are also ostriches!  A long way from their home climate…
  • Nami Island Forest Adventure.  The Nami Island Forest Adventure is a great rope course up high in the trees, which also includes a short zipline.
  • Nami Island Restaurants.  You will be happy to learn that there are a large selection of restaurant options on the island as well as in the Nami Island Wharf area.  The selection of food ranges from traditional to modern Korean food.  They also have western and broader Asian food including Halal food options.
Nami Island Bicycles for Rent
Nami Island Bicycles for Rent
Walking on Nami Island near Seoul
Walking on Nami Island near Seoul

Gapyeong Rail Bike

The experience of a Korean rail bike is unique in the world – you get to ride along a unused section of rail track by pedalling.  All seats in each rail bike have pedals so everyone can help, and you can choose either a 2 or 4 seat rail bike.  I was relieved to discover that for uphill sections there is an electric booster system – once you have worked out how to start it you can then relax and stop pedalling up the hill – otherwise it would have been very hard work!

Having Fun on the Gapyeong Rail Car near Nami Island
Having Fun on the Gapyeong Rail Car near Nami Island

Gangchon Rail Bike

The Rail Bike Gangchon is another great option to experience the unique Korean style rail bikes.  You will get to ride in either a two or four seater rail bike along the old rail tracks beside the Bukhangang River and pass through three tunnels. 

There is an additional option to hire VR Goggles to have a VR experience as you ride through the third tunnel, but be aware that this equipment gets booked out quickly.

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The Garden of Morning Calm

The Garden of Morning Calm is an absolutely beautiful garden to visit, nestled in the valley amongst the mountains.  In each season there is something different to see – cherry blossoms in spring and autumn foliage colours.  During winter they put on an amazing illumination show which is well worth seeing.

The gardens are extensive with 27 different themed garden areas to explore. 

Views of The Sunken Garden in The Garden of Morning Calm
Views of The Sunken Garden in The Garden of Morning Calm

Petite France Seoul

Petite France in Korea is a fun French themed location to visit in Gapyeong.  You can easily spend a few hours exploring the village, which is filled with fun museums and art, go on a short nature walk through the forest and also watch a puppet show.

The Central Square at Petite France near Seoul
The Central Square at Petite France near Seoul

Alpaca World

Alpaca World is a fun location for families where you can see Alpacas and many other animals such as deer, camels, goats, sheep, ostriches and other birds.  Add on activities available for an extra fee include riding on the Alpaca Safari Train, walking with alpacas and feeding the animals.

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Skiing and Snowboarding near Nami Island

In winter you can purchase some great day tour packages which combine a visit to Nami Island with a skiing or snow boarding experience at either the Vivaldi Ski Resort or the Elysian Ski Resort which are located in close proximity.

Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park is one of the most popular National Parks in South Korea and is located a three hour drive west from Seoul.  Mt Seorak is the third highest mountain in South Korea and was also the filming location for ‘Winter Sonata’, a very famous Korean drama TV series.  There is a cable car you can catch up near the top of the mountain (note that this activity is weather dependant) and a selection of short hiking trails and attractions to explore.

Check out the below map to see where the attractions are in relation to each other.

Nami Island Tour Summary

Now that you know more about the Nami Island tour options, here’s what most people do next. They check out the tour options to see which one will suit them best, and book early to ensure that they do not miss out on their preferred option.

  • Check out the Nami Island Combo Tour booking options through Klook, Get Your Guide, Viator and Trazy.
  • Check out the Nami Island Private Tour booking options through Klook, Get Your Guide and Viator
  • Check out the Nami Island Round Trip Transfer and Admission Ticket through Klook.
  • Check out the Seoraksan National Park and Nami Island Tour booking options through Klook, Get Your Guide, Viator and Trazy.
  • Check out the Nami Island, Alpaca Pasture and Garden of Morning Calm Tour booking options through Klook and Viator.

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