Gangchon Rail Bike Park + Nami Island + The Garden of Morning Calm 1-day tour review
Want other activities other than just shopping and touring city? Let’s go out of Seoul! I personally do not like to plan the transportation to the places I go to so day tours are best for me.
This well –planned tour covers three of the most popular attractions near Seoul: Gangchon Rail Park,Nami Island and Garden of Morning Calm all in one day!
The best thing I liked about this tour other than the fact it visits all the places I want to go in 1 day!
This tour meets in Myeongdong station which is very convenient.
Summary of the itinerary:
Seoul (Myeongdong) ⇒ Gangchon Rail Park ⇒ Nami Island ⇒ The Garden of Morning Calm Seoul (Myeongdong)
This is what’s included in the package:
– Round-trip transportation
– Rail Bike Ticket
– Nami Island admission & ferry ride ticket
– The Garden of Morning Calm entrance ticket
1. Gangchon Rail Park
After 1.5 hours of car ride, here we are at Gangchon Rail Park. So you might wonder “what is a rail park? It’s actually biking on a disused rail track using specially designed 2 or 4 – seater rail bikes.
In Korea, there are around 10 places for rail biking. Gangchon Rail Park is one that is closest to Seoul is the longest in Korea.
This station is the Kim YuJung station which commemorates one of the most famous novelist in Korea. Look at the books that decorate the station!
The first section (6.5 km) is the Rail Bike course and it takes around 30- 45 minutes.
We were 4 in the rail bike we pedaled along old railroad tracks while taking in the lovely Bukhangang River scenery!! Even though it was winter but the snow already melted… otherwise would be much nicer scenery! The ride itself is really fun and it actually does require team work and some pedaling!
After riding this course, you will arrive the transfer station to take a break for 20 minutes (there are small cafeteria and toilet). After break, you will take a Romantic Train for 20 minutes (2.5 km). When we arrived at the the Gangchon Station, our guide was already waiting for us to escort us back to our car to go to the next stop!
2. Nami Island
Our next stop, Nami Island, is a tiny half-moon shaped island located in Chuncheon, Its name originated from General Nami who died at the age of 28 after being falsely accused of treason during the reign of King Sejo, the seventh king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. It is now a major attraction for tourists and locals, especially after the Korean drama “Winter Sonata” (by Bae Yong Jun and Choi Ji Woo). Nami Island is an oasis close to the bustling city of Seoul. After the 5 minute ferry ride, we meet a forest of trees holding up the sky and open grassy areas with animals to welcome us! Nami island is its own self-governing district we had to pass by an “immigration” and take the ferry there.
We had 3 hours of leisure time for us to explore Nami Island
3. The Garden of Morning Calm
Finally, the last destination of the tour ~ The Garden of Morning Calm was absolutely stunning! This is the 9th year that the Lighting Garden Festival has been held and it’s only available in winter from early December to mid-march. It might not amaze you when the sky is not dark, but when night came, all the colours of the lights make you feel you’re in a magical world!
We were given ample time (around 1.5 hours) to walk around and enjoy the garden.
It is indeed a long day but it didn’t seem so as the longest car ride was only 1.5 hours and the ride back to Seoul is only 1 hour. Before we know, we arrived back in Myeongdong !
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Grevin Wax Museum Seoul
What about a dream come true opportunity to meet 80 celebrities including familiar Hallyu stars like Bae Yong Jun, Kim Soo Hyun, G-Dragon, PSY….and many more !
Grevin Museum is a new destination to visit in Seoul !
Grevin Musuem is a world-class wax museum in Paris established in 1882 and has been around for over 133 years.
In France is it one of the most famous tourist attractions along with Louvre Museum, Chateau de Versailles and Eiffel Tower.
Grevin is a prevalent cultural institution that connects the past and present by manufacturing and exhibiting wax figures of world –renowned celebrities and important people.
The wax figures are made exquisitely by hand. Visitors who visit Grevin not only can meet the wax version of the celebrities but also study the history and story behind the fame of each person.
Grevin has expanded worldwide since 2013 and is now present in Montreal, Prague and Switzerland, with plans to open more in the next 2 years.
In July 2015, Grevin opened its first and flagship Asian branch in Seoul at the heart of the city in Myeongdong, close to Lotte Hotel and Department strore, City Hall and the Cheonggyecheon Stream. Just exit from Euljiro-1-ga station Exit 1 and walk 3 minutes.
Grevin’s Seoul branch is unique to include famous Korean celebrities as Seoul is the center of K-pop and K-wave with actors, singers, politicians and athletes that represent Korea.
This is the closest you can get to world-famous people up close which touching them it’s like seeing them in Real-life!
KoreaTravelEasy was cordially invited to attend the 1 year anniversary of the Seoul Grevin Museum anniversary party. The experience was eye-opening.
With more than 14 exhibition halls and more than 80 life-size wax figures you can enjoy close up to Bae Yong Jun, Jang Dong Gun, Kim Soo Hyun, Park Shin Hye, Lee Min Ho, Jang Geuk Seuk, Rain, PSY, G-dragon, and many more!
There are also interactive games to enjoy with the bar-code from the entrance ticket (so don’t lose it !) : casino roulette game with Hollywood superstars George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the movie Oceans Eleven, Quiz time with inventors Steve Jobs and Einstein, a flight landing simulation game and play some basketball with the legendary NBA player Michael Jordan! Also there is an area where you can learn more about the wax making process and try a virtual wax creation of your face!
Something that you might not know is that each wax figure takes over 6 months and costs 80million Korean won to produce!
KoreaTravelEasy’s team had a lot of fun taking pictures and learning about the celebrities!
Grevin Museum also has its own store to sell exclusive items of your famous Korean stars! Grevin Museum does not disappoint no matter you are coming alone or with friends and family!
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** (CLOSED) This museum will be CLOSED on May 31th 2019 due to Grevin's internal reason ** The most entertaining wax museum: World-famous Grevin Wax Museum is now in Seoul ! Meet all your favorit