Romantic Korea (part 2 of the Streets of Seoul)

Posted: September 12, 2010 in holidays
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People queueing up to get to Nami Island - filming spot for Winter Sonata

If any of you were around during the dawn of the domination of Korean tear-jerking drama series on local TV, you’d remember the impossibly popular Bae Yong Jun in Winter Sonata (Bae Yong Jun only cos mostly middle-aged women and their accompanying daughters watched sad Korean drama series and nobody really remembers the lead actress’ name (Choi Ji Woo)). 

Everybody who goes to Nami Island with a friend ends up going back there married and with a happy lil baby girl

Nevermind that everybody in Korean dramas never seem to die from car accidents but only lose their memory or that the one that they love always somehow loses contact with the accident victim and never visits him in hospital or that they always struggle through an awkward phase where they both think they are doing their own brother or sister, all these plot and predictable flaws are glossed over in the charming gaze of curly haired lead actors in well pressed clothes and the niggling secret hope of meeting a memory loss car accident soul mate deep in the bosom of every jaded housewife, bored girlfriend and searching single. 

The earth is strewn in sand hearts in Nami Island

And this is where Nami Island, nestled just a narrow bridge of water away from the main land, comes into the lives of every tourist travelling on package tour.  Who would wanna miss standing between the tall coniferous looking trees pretending to be in the arms of the one you love even if you didn’t bring anyone to pretend with?  Heck they even give you a photo example so you’ll know how to pose when you get there.

My travel companion, looking like the third party in Bae Yong Jun and Choi Ji Woo's lives

Photographer on hand to take Winter Sonata photos of you

Nami island in the early hours of the morning in the late Summer month of September is a sultry unwinter-like temperature of 30 degrees Celsius steaming inside the long-sleeved pullover of the tourist trying to re-enact winter scenes from Winter Sonata.  But the bare earth and the sunlight filtering in through the artistically poised trees are a beckoning sight.

A Pretty Spot on Nami Island

In the heart of Nami Island is a cultural centre complete with a gallery showing the movie scenes from Winter Sonata, a small cafe and soft flute playing in the background emanating from a small table stall where a man was selling his clay flutes and music compositions so soothing that I put the CD on at night to lullaby myself to sleep.  Without the crowds, this would be the place to kick back, look dreamily into the distance, drink coffee and enjoy the soft music.  But unfortunately, crowds are impossible to do without on Nami Island.

Beautiful Hand Made Clay Flutes

 Nami Island is only accessible by boat and on weekends past 10a.m., the queue to get on the boat snakes out of the carpark onto the main road (everybody loves romance!) so if you wanna cosy up to life-size posters of Korean drama stars, make sure you get up early!

Next up, find out why these people in Korea have a habit of looking at the scenery from between their legs:

Mystery Behaviour

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Comments
  1. Nice pictures! Did you stay for long in Korea?

  2. Thanks! I was there for almost 2 weeks. It was really fun but I really wasn’t used to their food at all! 🙂

  3. Wow, am so glad you’re getting out and about, seeing some of the world, and generally seeing the scenery between your legs…wait, that’s not what I meant, is it? No, I’m sure it isn’t. Oh, its knees…whew, that was a close one 🙂

    Like your new theme.

  4. trailblazer1 says:

    Hi Ellen,
    Thanks for the tour, you make an excellent guide. Hope all is well in your life.

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