Chuncheon, South Korea —
We wanted to give pop a memorable birthday celebration during their short trip here in Korea. A month before my family’s arrival, I made an itinerary and everyone agreed on it including Danny. We planned to visit Nami Island or Namiseom or Naminara Republic (남이섬) on his birthday, it was also a national holiday celebration for the Korean’s alphabet – Hangeul.
On the way to our destination, the traffic was heavy that it took us twice the usual travel time. When we finally reached there, the crowd was unbelievable. We queued on line for what we thought was the ticket booth, but when we reached the end of the line, the staff asked for our tickets. It almost made me want to back out and just go somewhere else. Fortunately, Danny was able to bargain if we could just cut in line after buying tickets even though he already lost his good mood. The staff showed favour seeing our wearied faces. After 40 minutes or so, we eventually landed on the said island and ate lunch without speaking much to one another. Everyone got exhausted and famished getting there. I was worried that it might turn out to be a sour day for everyone.
After eating, we looked around the island, breathed some fresh air, and everyone’s mood changed. We just enjoyed the moment and of course, took lots of pictures. The leaves of ginkgo trees has already turned bright yellow. Two months ago when I first went there, they were still green. [See Post: Summer in Nami]
Trivia: When the fallen fruit of this tree starts to rot, it causes the odorous vomit-like smell, and only female trees produce this fruit. [Source]
We hung out until after dusk and the line for the boat got longer and longer that time. So, Danny had another idea. He asked a favour to another staff, in English, if we could join the other Chinese visitors who were in groups of 20 or more. Luckily, the staff again permitted us to do so. We didn’t have to queue for a very long time for these reasons we concluded that:
- Namiseom prioritizes its tourists and
- Danny may not look like a typical Korean. *chuckles*
However, dad’s special day didn’t end there. Certainly, we cannot leave Chuncheon without trying their famous dish, which is dak galbi (닭갈비). I’ll be writing about the best dak galbi restaurant on my next post. ‘Til next time!
Address: 1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Directions and Fees: (taken from the website)