South Korea Trip 2016 – Day 3 (Part 2) – Nami Island, Itaewon, Dongdaemun (Doota Mall)

If you love adventure and beautiful green and floral scenery, the Gangchon Rail Park and the famous Nami Island are the places you can't missed.

South Korea Trip 2016 – Day 3 (Part 2)

 Nami Island

After we settled at the Rail Park, we took the free shuttle bus to Gimyujeong Station. From Gimyujeong station, we took the subway to Gapyeong station – where Nami Island situated at.

We were supposed to take the 10.40am subway but we missed it so we took the next subway instead, where the subway arrived 45 minutes later and that kinda waste our time of waiting. We waited for the subway while eating our sandwiches and re-planned our itinerary.

We decided to skip going to Garden of Morning Calm and straight go to Nami Island. We had studied the train schedule and bus schedule, there wasn’t enough time for us to reach Seoul by 4.00pm.

the shuttle bus schedule. I took this photo here (thanks to)

Direction to Nami Island – by subway to Gapyeong Station, Gyeongchun Line, then take the shuttle bus to Nami Island

Shuttle Bus Fees
Adult 15,000(round-trip) / 7,500(one-way)
Child 13,000(round-trip) / 6,500(one-way) / ※ Child: aged between 24 months and 12 years

You can see the bus stop in front of the subway main door

Upon arriving Gapyeong station, you can see a bus stop where you can take the shuttle bus. The busses will leave accordingly as the bus schedule. The fees to Nami Island cost 8,000 won for foreigner (you need to present your passport when purchasing the tickets). You can choose to take the ferry to get to Nami Island or you can challenge yourself to take the zipwire. We took the ferry which took us around 5 minutes to reach Nami Island.

Welcome to Nami Island

Daring enough to try this?

Nami Island is one of the tourist attraction in South Korea, which located outside of Seoul. It has different sceneries during each season. There are lots of trees, the famous and beautiful tree called Metasequoia tree, Gingko tree (it coloured so ‘autumn’-ly when we were there), and the pine tree.

Trees everywhere

Popular spot to take photos

Every photographer will enjoy taking photos here

Apa kabar?


We just sit there at the Gingko tree to take photos and walk around (not so far inside because there were so many people) and leave Nami at 2.00pm. Again you need to take the ferry and the shuttle bus to move around to the next location. Since we are going back to Seoul, we took the bus from the opposite road from the road we arrived before to get to Gapyeong Station.


Our next location is Itaewon, to get some Halal food. So hungry at that time so we need some rice and meat! Haha. During the subway ride which took around 1 hour 30 minutes, I just slept, so non-productive haha.

Direction to Itaewon – by subway to Itaewon Station line 6 exit #3

From the exit we walked straight till there’s Mr Kebab on the right, and make a right turn, the road we took was on the hillside, so much adventure going on to get food at this time. Take a left turn when there’s a junction. There are lots of halal restaurant on both left and right side. You may choose any, but I do not know which one will satisfy you more. We only went to eat here for 2 times.

We choose to have our dinner at Makan Restaurant. We was introduced to this restaurant by a Malaysian girl named Afiqah which we met when we were finding which restaurant. Luckily we met her because she was on the way to Makan Restaurant and she works there!

Variety of Korean food to choose

Our meals

After dinner, we stopped at Itaewon Mosque to perform solat.

Mural wall along the way to Itaewon Mosque

Itaewon Mosque

Arirang shop, Doota Mall

After that, we went to Doota Mall in Dongdaemun to get some souvenir.

Direction to Doota Mall – by subway to Dongdaemun Station (line 1 or 4), exit# 8

Dongdaemun at night

Arirang shop sell lots of souvenir. If you are finding a one stop to buy things for your beloved one back in your country and don’t want to walk around Seoul (aka malas) you can just stop by here. I bought a lot of things here, gila dah kot beribu-ribu won habis haha.

Arirang shop, Doota Mall

This shop sells the basic souvenir such as fridge magnet, key chains, bookmark, nail clipper, I love Korea tshirt, Korean cutlery, Korean socks, Kpop group calendar, food (seaweed, banana milk, biscuit, etc), pen, mirror, traditional paper fan and others. The workers there can speak malay, You can ask anything you want. Good thing about this shop is, they will provide you with hand carry bag to put all the stuff you bought so you don’t need to worry to store all of that inside your luggage (make sure you have sufficient weight to check-in your luggage).

After that, we walked around to locate the Cheonggyecheon stream, which wasn’t so far from Doota Mall. Unfortunately there wasn’t any stream with beautiful lights when we was there. We walked all the way down the stream. We assumed the ‘lights’ was already over at that time. So sad, tired and frustrating. We went ‘gila’ kejap sitting at the roadside trying to calm ourselves. And we went straight back home.

Moral of the story of this day is…………we need to come here again. Even not on this trip, maybe later. There are few places I need to explore – Cheonggyecheon stream, the Garden on Morning Calm and Petite France.

That is the e.n.d of Day 3.

Total expenses of Day 3 – Gangchon Rail Park, Nami Island, Makan Restaurant Itaewon, and Dongdaemun. Total are not including the souvenir I bought.

Total cost of the souvenir I bought at Dongdaemun Doota Mall (Arirang shop) for you reference

More to come on the 4th day in Seoul. So please be patient okay. Thank you for reading!

Atheera Dayana
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