We had the opportunity to visit The Garden of Morning Calm and Nami Island on a day tour through our sponsorship with Trazy. Trazy is your one-stop website for all your tours, shows and entry tickets in Korea.
Trazy is an English friendly site that is easy to use. It is as simple as deciding what you want to do then book and pay online and get ready to go. Trazy has been a market leader in Korea for the last few years.
We received our confirmation for our day tour email saying to meet at 8 am at the Myeongdong station. When we arrived there we were greeted by the Kstorytour staff who checked our names and our selected tour. We joined our designated group and headed for our bus.
Garden of the Morning Calm
Our first stop, the Garden of the Morning Calm was about a 1 hour and 20-minute drive away from our meeting pint in the city. The Garden of the morning calm is the largest private garden in South Korea.
It was started 20 years ago by a university professor who wanted to make a place of nature for people to enjoy and relax. Today the Garden of the morning calm is an all-encompassing garden and business. It features gift shops, cafe, restaurants and plant selling shops.
The gardens are designed to look amazing in all seasons. Different plants bloom at different times of the year.
Summer – In the summer you will the perennial flowers blooming around the garden and the trees turning greener.
Spring – Melted water from the mountains start flowing and the birds start singing. Plants start blooming under the warm sun with bright colours emerging.
Autumn – Chrysanthemum and maples dominated the gardens. 50 different types of Chrysanthemum bloom along with the yellow and red maples leaves
Winter – As the garden starts to be covered in snow the lights are turned on. You see the garden light up over the cold months in a light spectacular.
The standout areas for us were the English and Korean garden. The English garden features a cottage from the Cotswolds. The Korean garden features lilly pads and waterfalls.
All these amazing gardens attract plenty of bees, butterflies, bugs and insects which are also fascinating to watch especially the butterflies. We spent lots of time watching the bees buzz from flower to flower as well.
The Garden of the Morning Calm is just that, a tranquil, peaceful place to enjoy one man’s passion and one country’s beauty.
The Naminara Republic lies on Nami Island, 63 kilometres from Seoul. The Island is in the middle of Lake Cheongpyeong that the Han River flows into. What a great tourist gimmick making the island its own republic, I love it!
This amazing place has a shoreline of 5 kilometres and a skyline of thousands of trees.
You need to catch a ferry to the island which takes under 5 minutes and runs every 20 minutes from each side.
Alternatively, you can take the zip line down from 80 meters above that takes 90 seconds to arrive on the island (cost 44,000 Korean Won / $53.00 Australian/$37.00 USD/€33.00 Euro)
The nature and the trees are the real stars of the island. You walk down the tree-lined paths or along the island’s edge with water views. Either way, you are in for some magical scenery.
A popular activity is to hire a bike, which we did while we were on the island. We hired one for 30 minutes (4000 Korean Won each ($4.80 Australian/$3.40 USD/€3.00 Euro) This a great way to see the outside of the island and if you have limited time a quick way to get around too.
There are no cars on the island except for maintenance vehicles. We really enjoyed our ride, fresh air, cool breeze and some exercise. Just be careful as there are lots of people walking around and they can sometimes wander in front of you as you are riding.
Nami Island is really hard to explain, besides its natural beauty and tree-lined lanes. It is like they have tried to stick a whole heap of odds and ends attractions together on the island.
You will see lilly pad ponds, artificial waterfalls, ropes courses, Korean gardens, swimming pools, little museums, statues, a mini-train and a monorail.
One of the strangest museums dedicated to the work of Danish writer Hans Christian Anderson. I am not sure it adds or distracts from the charm of Nami Island. You’ll have to be the judge when you visit!
You will find plenty of snack shops and restaurants on the island as well. We had lunch at the Dongmoon Asian restaurant. The food was of good quality and a reasonable price with most dishes around 13,000 Korean Won. There were plenty of families having a ‘bring from home’ picnic in areas around the park if that is what you would prefer.
With tired feet, we made our way back to the ferry. Our Trazy Garden of the Morning Calm and Nami Island Tour was coming to an end. We boarded the bus for the 1.5-hour trip back to Seoul.
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Mark Wyld is a father, husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support .
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