Day 11 started with breakfast around Loft hotel. My hubby bought chicken teriyaki fried rice and beef porridge at small restaurant beside the hotel.
It’a good to start the day with light meal like porridge.
After finished our breakfast, off we go to Yongsan station to take ITX train to Gapyeong. The journey takes about 1 hour.
How to go to Gapyeong:
The fastest way to go to Gapyeong by public transport is using ITX train (semi rapid train) from Yongsan station and the journey takes about 1 hour.
The slower way will be via normal train and the duration is about 1 hour 50 minutes.
Route: Seoul Station, Line 1 –> Hoegi Station, Line 1 –> Sangbong Station (Jungang Line) –>Gapyeong Station (Gyeongchun Line)
ITX ticket can be booked online using below link:
Gapyeong is a county in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Gapyeong is well known for its natural beauty because it borders the mountainous province of Gangwon on the east. The north branch of the Han River flows through the area. Several reservoirs and resorts are located in the county. The famous attraction in Gapyeong is Nami Island which is situated very close south of Gapyeong.
Since the distance of every attractions in Gapyeong is very far, we decided to take Gapyeong bus tour. Below shows our itinerary for the day:
-Visit Petite France
-Lunch at Mr Dakgalbi
-Rail bike at Gangchon
-Nami Island (stay overnight at Naminara hotel).
Gapyeong shuttle bus route and the schedule:
Petite France is our first stop. Petite France frequently featured in many Korean drama and variety show including “Man from The Star”. This place is designed as an French cultural village and made up of museums, workshops, restaurant, cafes and guesthouse.
There are a lot of colorful houses in Petite France and we watched puppet show as well. It’s definitely a place to visit if you are Korean drama fans.
Dak-galbi (닭갈비) or spicy stir-fried chicken, is a popular Korean dish made by stir-frying marinated diced chicken in a gochujang-based sauce with sweet potatoes, cabbage, perilla leaves, scallions, tteok (rice cake), and other ingredients.
Mr Dakgalbi is a halal food restaurant located nearby Nami Island ferry point. We patronized Mr Dakgalbi during lunch time. Unfortunately, the gochujang taste is not spicy enough for us and a bit bland.
After finished our meal, we quickly went to Gangchon station to experience Gangchon rail bike.
We booked Gangchon rail bike in advance with the help of “funtastic korea” and we got 3pm slot.
Gangchon rail bike is a popular activities for family including kids. Everyone can pedal the bike together along the old railroad track while viewing the lovely Bukhangang River scenery. There are 2 types of rail bike: 2 seaters and 4 seaters.
Total duration is about 90 minutes (50 minutes pedaling + 20 minutes break time at transfer station + 20 minutes of romantic train ride). The rail bike also provided automatic assistance so we will not keep pedaling for the whole 50 minutes.
Gangchon rail bike is definitely one of our favorite activities in South Korea. It offers a lot of fun and kids like it so much. On top of that, the scenery along Bukhangang River is very gorgeous and relaxing.
After completed our fun activities, we quickly went back to Gapyeong station to go to Nami Island. Nami Island is a tiny half moon shaped island in Chuncheon area.
Visitors need to take a boat to go to Nami Island and the entry visa is 10,000 KRW. We arrived at Nami Island around 6pm and we quickly asked the Visitor Centre on how to go to Naminara hotel.
Since it was already late, there was almost nobody in the island except hotel guest.
Naminara hotel sent a car to pick us up and the driver dropped us in front of the hotel. Naminara hotel offer two types of room: Western style room or Korean style rooms. I choosed Korean style room so we can experience sleeping on the mattress like Korean.
Goodnight everyone!! By the way, the room is very beautiful. Yeppeuna!!!