About a year ago, when I lived in South Korea for about three months, my family and I took a day trip to Nami island. We rode a ferry and entered the island, walked around, and spent some quality time together. There were a many different types of travelers who visited Nami island – families, couples, and even group travelers.
The pathways that are surrounded by rows of tall trees were probably one of my favorite things in this island. Little balloons that were hung over our heads added a feel of a wedding, and this is the one place I wouldn’t forget to visit when I go to Nami island. Not only is it beautiful, but the photos taken of the pathway and of people on the pathway are beyond gorgeous.
We all know that Korea is famous for their amazing cafes, and as I was walking around, I saw multiple cafes that you could go into. Not only were there cafes, but many restaurants and street foods were up for grab. My friend Soo has a few Korean cafe reviews here and it’d be awesome if you checked it out!
The interior of the cafe that I visited was very industrial. They had lots of wooden furniture, dark green plants, and lots of hanging lightbulbs that seriously took over the world a few years ago and continuing. The chairs and tables were lower than most cafes, and it created a feeling of being at home.
Of course, they also had these little succulents and cacti that were absolutely adorable. Honestly, the only reason I love going to a Korean cafe is because the interior is really nice.
I don’t even like coffee.
If you walk around Nami island for a while, you’ll also notice that there are many animals walking around. This, actually, is one of the recommended things to “try out” on the Nami island brochures. I didn’t know that when I chased around rabbits and squirrels (I didn’t really) and took pictures of them.
This little one was looking straight at me and I seriously squealed when I took the picture. You can find so many animals in Nami island, but make sure to only look at or take pictures of them – touching or chasing after the animal can stress the animals and we all want Nami island to be a calm, relaxing place.
There were also a bunch of squirrels running around; yes, you would call the animal below a chipmunk, but Koreans call them squirrels. There are also black/dark brown squirrels that you will see, but be careful because I’ve heard that they can bite.
Near the train tracks, there is a wooden fence with a couple ostriches. I honestly don’t know why they are there, but it’s a part of the “animal tour” that Nami island unofficially offers, so you could definitely go take a look at them and snap a few photos.
Last but not least, the peacock on a roof. No, I’m serious. When it became dark, we decided to slowly head back when we noticed a peacock, just casually standing on the roof. Honestly, I assumed that there would be a rabbit or two running around, but never a peacock.
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Along with the beautiful rows of trees, there were also an adorable row of these snowball-like statues. They were all dressed differently and were definitely a Chinese styled statues. I did see a few people go up and snap a few photos with them, but I assume they’re mostly for decoration. I guess it was a theme because I also saw smaller versions of them around the island.
These huts were also very common in the island. The story behind them, however, is very touching. Back in my grandparents’ generation, when your loved one(s) die, you would go to the mountains and bury their body(bodies). You would then build a hut and stay in there for thirty days, mourning for your loved one(s).
I also saw a couple of flowers when we were waiting for the ferry to come. There were so many other details that made Nami island a great trip and I can’t wait to go back after I graduate.
Only two years to go woohoo!
Nami island was definitely a beautiful place with so many entertaining things to do, but there is a slightly dirty history behind it. I am still doing more research on this topic before writing a post, so stay tuned for “The History of Nami Island”.