My last day in Seoul is my favorite. We had visited Nami Island, Petite France, and Myeongdong – all while taking our time! Autumn season was just starting but we have a taste of the leaves changing colors and the cool wind. Plus the food trip we had in Myeongdong is definitely one for the book! Ahhh, I just can’t wait to be back in Korea!!! Almost there!!!
(I’m not counting our fifth day as we were just literally in the airport the whole time!)
Despite our completely tiring third day, we woke up refreshed! Three hours of sleep but everyone was up and about and we made it to our 6AM train ride to Gapyeong Station. By the way, to make sure you get seats and know the timeline, you can easily book online. We rode the Yongsan-Gapyeong route as it was nearest to our Airbnb. (You can sign up with my link to get $40 off your first Airbnb booking!)
STORY TIME: we were completely lost on how to take the KTX to Gapyeong Station. It was only about a few minutes before our train was supposed to take off so we were asking strangers. There was this Korean man who didn’t speak English but he literally guided us right into the gate! Talk about going out of your way! Gamsahamnida!
When we arrived in Gapyeong Station, it was really foggy and cold. I can count on one hand how many other people were around. To reach the pier where we’ll be taking the boat to Nami Island, we still need another ride. The best option is via bus but we have to wait another thirty minutes for that so instead, we took a taxi. It was a fifteen-minute ride and if there are four people sharing the taxi, the price is not that bad.
Travel Tip. If you want to go explore all that Nami can offer, you can take the Gapyeong City Bus. Operations start from 9AM to 7PM and you can stop at Nami Island, Petite France, and The Garden of Morning Calm with just one pass! The ticket costs 6000 won and you get unlimited bus ride within the day. There’s also the schedule posted in each bus stop but it generally comes by every 30 minutes.
We then took a short ferry ride to Nami Island after paying the fees. And, oh wow. The place was beautiful. There were only a few people around this time so we really took the time to walk around. The leaves aren’t entirely orange yet as autumn is just starting, but it was still fun to catch a glimpse of it on some part of Nami Island.
We mostly just let our feet take us whereever it wants to go. If I know how to ride a bike, I’d definitely rent one to be able to explore the island better. We also did have a quick snack along the way!
After taking the ferry back to the pier, we went on the Gapyeong City Bus to Petite France. It only took a couple of minutes and you’ll know you’re in the right place as soon as you get off the bus. You’ll have to pay 10000 KRW before stepping foot inside the place.
Petite France really looks like it’ll fit somewhere in France. It’s a small village filled with pastel colored townhouse. It’s also hugely influenced with Little Prince as references to the book is all over the place. There’s also a doll museum inside that was really creepy. Then again, I just can’t stand porcelain dolls.
We also had some snacks in here – sausage, and chicken pops… Frankly, the food was disappointing. I can’t wait to have a full meal by this time.
We were only able to spend around an hour in Petite France as it was starting to rain. We decided to take the bus back to Gapyeong Station and headed to our last stop of the day and our whole Korean trip, Myeongdong!!
We started our Myeongdong adventure with having a legit Korean bbq dinner. We ate at Wangbijib. Service was really fast and everything in the menu looks good. Legit, I still remember the taste of the meal I had. It’s a bit on the pricey side (our total bill was almost 100,000 KRW) but it was worth every penny! I definitely recommend this if you have the change to spare.
After stuffing ourselves full – can’t remember how many times we asked our side dishes to be free – we finally roamed the streets of Myeongdong. We weren’t able to take lots of photos but what we did was:
- ask for samples from various shops #noshame
- ate street foods
- bought a year stock of face masks
- ate street foods
- random make-up items
- cute socks (only 1000KRW each!!!)
- ate street foods (Gyeran-ppang is my fave!)
- bought souvenirs from Lotte Mart
We were even supposed to go to Namsam Tower after Myeongdong but we already have a lot of bags in hand so we decided to go home. Our first and last night in Myeongdong is my definitely favorite out of my entire trip and I just can’t wait to go back.