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Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm tour

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Tour No: 30
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Korea is a country rich in nature and delicious food. Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm are two of the locations travelers love for their gorgeous scenery and culture. Don’t miss the chance to explore these unique places and create memories you’ll never forget on our Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm tour!

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What to expect

Our Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm tour is created to take care of all the logistical details for you. All you need to do is enjoy! We will pick you up from your hotel in Seoul and drop you off after your tour is over. Our professional guide will ensure your comfort and convenience while answering any questions you may have!

Your tour also includes transportation to each location as well as your Nami Island ferry and Garden of Morning Calm tickets. If you’re feeling adventurous, you’re welcome to take the Nami Island zip line across the Han River and board the ferry only on the way back. You’re guaranteed to get an adrenaline boost if you choose this option! Just be aware that the zip line tickets are purchased separately. Simply talk to your tour guide about it on the day if interested.

We cover lunch as well and will stop by either an Amethyst or Ginseng Center on the way back to Seoul. Make sure to charge your camera, as there will be plenty of beautiful spots to see!

Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm tour – Course overview

Our fantastic Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm tour course ensures a full day packed full of fun and adventure. Jump on board and let’s explore the following key sites on our tour.

Nami Island – stroll around a fairy tale land

Gorgeous yellow leaves can be seen on Ginko Tree Lane from across a beautiful pond during Autumn
Golden yellow leaves can be seen on the trees at Ginko Tree Lane during the Autumn months.

Namiseom (Nami Island) is a curious place. The island is shaped like a half-moon. The formation was triggered by the building of the Cheongpyeong Dam thanks to the North Han River. The name comes from General Nami. He was the hero who helped Korea win against the rebels in the 13th year of King Sejo – the 7th king of the Joseon Dynasty. The natural beauty here was preserved by making sure that there aren’t any telephone polls visible – all electric wires are deep underground.

A K-Drama fan at Nami Island posing with a large still from a scene of Winter Sonata
A K-Drama fan at Nami Island posing with a large still from a scene of Winter Sonata.

Nami Island is located in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province. What’s remarkable about this place is that up until 1965, the island was a wasteland and was later cleaned and shaped into the fairytale land it is today. Many travelers take our tour just to see the filming locations for the popular K-Drama “Winter Sonata”. This is where the protagonists had their first kiss!

Don’t miss the chance to follow into the drama’s literal footsteps and experience the magic of the island with our Nami Island tours! Nami Island is loved by travelers because of all the seasonal events that go on here, the numerous sites and many cafes where you can sit down, relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Two young ladies riding bikes on our Nami Island and Petite France tour
A good way to enjoy Nami Island is to rent a bike and take a ride around the island.

There are some many different things to see and do here! Stroll down the Ginko Tree Lane, famous for the beautiful golden colors of the trees. Try the pan-fried rice cake which is a real treat for those who love crispy and crunchy! Take beautiful photos along Metasequoia Road with the stunning redwood trees. Grab a bicycle and go for a spin around the beautiful scenery. When the weather is warm, you can enjoy the water garden swimming pool to freshen up. This is a lovely option both for adults and kids.

Lunch (Dak Galbi) – enjoy a spicy local meal

It’s no secret that people in Korea love a good meal. On our Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm tour, you will have the chance to eat like a local! We will treat you to Dak Galbi – a spicy dish where chicken is stir-fried in a gochujang-based sauce with cabbage, scallions, perilla leaves, sweet potatoes, and tteok (rice cake).

Dak-Galbi being cooked on the table
Dak-Galbi is a spicy dish where chicken is stir-fried in a gochujang-based sauce with cabbage, scallions, perilla leaves, sweet potatoes, and rice cake.

The dish originated in Chuncheon in the 1960s, so this is the best place to try it! Chicken bites were made with this recipe to go with alcoholic drinks in the local restaurants. The dish soon gained popularity, as it was relatively easy and cheap to make, yet super delicious.

If you are vegetarian or adverse to spicy foods simply let your guide know at the beginning of your tour. The Dak Galbi’s spiciness can be made to your preference, and if preferred can be substituted for Bibimbap. Bibimbap is a local rice based dish with plenty of vegetables and packed full of flavor!

Garden of Morning Calm – witness the extraordinary colours of the season and feel Korea’s Spirit

Our Garden of Morning Calm tour drops you straight in the middle of stunning Korean horticulture nestled within a backdrop of Chungryeongsan Mountain.

A very old and large Bonsai tree at the Garden of Morning Calm
A very large and old Bonsai tree at the Garden of Morning Calm

The Garden of Morning Calm is the oldest private garden in South Korea, opened way back on May 11th, 1996, by horticultural professor Sang-kyung Han.

Since then, the garden has been an in-demand filming location for movies, including The Letter (1997), dramas like the popular Love in the Moonlight (2016) and even the famous Korean variety show Infinite Challenge. So as you stroll along the scenic paths, you’ll find yourself on the set of some of Korea’s popular on-screen productions.

The founder’s vision for the Garden of Morning Calm was to create an artistic space that captured Korea’s unique beauty and spirit. He achieved this by creating 20 different themed sections comprising 5,000 plants, of which 300 are native varieties of Baekdu Mountain (known for being a spiritual mountain to Koreans).

A pagoda and some rock art on display a the Garden of Morning Calm
Some rock art on display next to a pagoda during the Autumn season

This arboretum located to the East of Seoul offers many special seasonal events and exhibitions. Still, its most popular attractions include The Sunken Garden, the Cloud Bridge, J’s Cottage Garden, the Pond Garden, the Moonlight Garden, the Road to Heaven, the Millennium Juniper and the Morning Plaza.

So breathe in the fresh air and marvel at the exquisite natural colours in a beautiful part of Korea during our Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm tour.

Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm tour Itinerary

  • Hotel Pickup (Seoul)
  • Nami Island
  • Dak Galbi Lunch (Vegetarian options available)
  • Garden of Morning Calm
  • Stop at Amethyst or Ginseng Center
  • Drop-off at Myeongdong, City Hall or Dongdaemun

Our day tour includes

  • Complimentary Hotel Pickup service
  • Professional tour guide
  • Air-conditioned Transportation
  • Entrance Fees
  • Ferry ticket
  • Garden of Morning Calm ticket
  • Lunch – Dak Galbi (Vegetarian option available)

Excludes

  • Optional Zip line ticket
  • Hotel Drop-off

3 reviews for Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm tour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rupert Singh

    Nami island scenic viewing was super time epsecially on a bicycle 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. petite france also very colorfuls and nice vviews. just only problem i don’t know enough about how cold now it is in the Korea before my tour my coat was much too thin. So bring the bigger one so you are more comfort. thanks Mr Chance guide & VIP for make our time a memorable time! Thanks alot.

    • Bora is part of our customer support team here at VIP Travel

      Bora VIP Travel

      Dear, Rupert Singh

      I am great to hear that you had a good tour with us.
      In winter season, it is so cold. But in snow season, the view of Nami Island is beautiful.
      Perfect place with snow.
      I will let Mr Chance know you had a memorable time with him.
      Hope you have chance to join the tour next time again.
      Regards, Bora

  2. 5 out of 5

    Megan Hill

    Our guide Nancy was great! Gave us all the tips on what to see on the way to the island and then gave us directions to all the places we wanted to see. She even helped us get some great family photos. Kids loved it especially the sky bike. Can’t really go wrong whichever direction you go as its all incredibly beautiful. Petite France was interesting. Not what you would imagine. I would imagine it would be quite lovely at Christmas.

    • Holly is a member of our customer support team here at VIP Travel

      Holly VIP Travel

      Dear, Magan Hill
      Above all thank you for the review of Nami tour .

      Yes if you ever come back to Korea on Christmas season you must visit the Nami Island : )
      I will let Nacy know you have enjoyed the tour with Her .

      Thank you
      Holly

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer Stone

    Both places were very pretty. The colors were absolutely unbelievable with lots of yellow and reds. Got some really stunning photos and the lunch was so yummy. We forgot to ask make the meal more mild, but it wasn’t very spicy anyway. Definetly going to find another dak galbi place in Seoul before we fly on Friday.

    • Holly is a member of our customer support team here at VIP Travel

      Holly VIP Travel

      Dear , Jenifer
      Above all thank you for the review of Nami tour .

      Great to hear you have enjoyed the tour with us 🙂
      You went on Fall season in Korea which is best time to visit Nami island
      Hope you found the Dak galbi place in Seoul and enjoyed it

      Thank you
      Holly

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