How to go to Nami Island, Petite France and Garden of the Morning Calm

There are a lot of options to go to Nami Island, Petite France and Garden of the Morning Calm.  From Seoul, you can rent a car or avail of the tourist bus which are two of the most convenient ways to get there but can also be costly. You can also commute via ITX or metro subway.  I usually use the metro subway which only cost ₩4,500 round trip from Myeongdong (where I usually stay) to Gapyeong Station. From Gapyeong Station, you can either hire a taxi to take you there or avail of the Gapyeong City Tour bus for ₩6,000). 

It will be helpful if you will also download the subway application on your mobile phone so you have a detailed guide of the fare, timetable, and options of which route to take (fast or simple). I took the faster route which has 1 hour and 46 minutes travel time.  The simple route has the least transfers and will take 2 hours and 4 minutes.

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Here is the step-by-step guide on how to commute from Myeongdong to Gapyeong to get to Nami Island and Petite France. If you have the subway app, you can just change the place of origin and follow the guide.

1) From Myeongdong station, I took line 4 train heading to Chungmuro station to get to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park station.

2) From Dongdaemun History and Culture Park station, I changed to line 2 and took the train heading to Sindang station to get to Wangsimni station.

3) From Wangsimni station, I changed to Jungang line and took the train heading to Cheongnyangni to get to Mangu station.

4) From Mangu station, I changed to Kyeongchun line and took the train heading to Galmae station to get to Gapyeong station.

5) From Gapyeong station,  I took the Gapyeong City Tour Bus which is a very efficient  and practical option if you want to visit the major tourist attractions around the city for only ₩6000. Gapyeong Tourist Bus Route includes Ehwawon Camping Site, Gapyeong Rail Bike, Nami Island, Petite France and Garden of the Morning Calm. The loading and offloading area of the tour bus is just in front of the Tourist Information Office which you will easily see upon exiting Gapyeong Station.

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Gapyeong Station
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Gapyeong Tourist Information Office
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Shuttle bus fare for adult is W6,000
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Interior of Gapyeong shuttle bus

If you arrived really early in the morning and the bus is not yet available, you can just take a taxi to go to Nami Island. If you are travelling as a group, this can cut down the transportation cost and even save you time since the earliest shuttle service starts at 9 a.m.

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Taxi waiting area is just next to Gapyeong Tourist Information Office

Here is the Gapyeong shuttle bus route and time table during my travel. For updated information, you may visit http://www.gptour.go.kr.

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Nami Island

The bus stop for Nami Island is before the parking lot. You will have to cross the street and walk your way through the parking lot until you reach the entrance to the ferry dock of Nami Island. Look for the Nami Zip Wire and it will lead you there.

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There are two options to get to Nami Island from Gapyeong, the ferry ride is included in the admission fee of W8,000 (discounted rate for foreigners) while you will have to pay W38,000 for the zip wire.
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Entrance to Nami Island’s ferry dock
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The taxi area and shuttle bus stop for Gapyeong Station are on the same side as the parking area and entrance area of Nami Island. Taxi  fare guide from Nami to Gapyeong and Nami to Petite France are also posted there for reference.

If you arrived late afternoon like I did but still wanted to tour around, I suggest you go to Petite France first then Nami Island. That way, even if you will not be able to make it until the last shuttle bus schedule, at least you can take a taxi from Nami Island which would cost only around ₩3,000-₩3,500 because it is very near the subway station, while taxi from Nami Island to Petite France is about ₩17,000 to ₩18,000.

Here is a more detailed guide on how to go to Nami Island from their website: https://namisum.com.

Petite France

The bus stop for Petite France is on the same side as its entrance. You will just have to cross the street to get to the bus stop going back to Nami Island and Gapyeong Station.

Here is a more detailed guide on how to go to Petite France from their website: http://www.pfcamp.com

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Shuttle Bus Stop for Petite France
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There are also a lot of taxis waiting near the entrance of Petite France
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Shuttle bus stop for Gapyeong Station

Garden of the Morning Calm

The last stop of the shuttle bus is the Garden of the Morning Calm.  I was not able to go to Garden of the Morning Calm because I do not have enough time since I arrived late in the afternoon and the travel time by shuttle bus from Gapyeong Station is 45 minutes one way. However, the above steps using the subway as well as shuttle bus or taxi would still be the same if you will go there.

Here is a more detailed guide on how to go to the Garden of the Morning Calm from their website: http://morningcalm.co.kr.

I hope the detailed instructions have been helpful, please feel free to comment and share your experience too! I traveled solo during my first trip to Korea and went to Nami Island and Petite France on my own, I just researched and asked questions. When in doubt, take time to review your map or ask the The Tourist Information Office for assistance.

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50 thoughts on “How to go to Nami Island, Petite France and Garden of the Morning Calm

  1. Hi! Do you have to go back to gapyeong station everytime you go to different places? Like after nami island, do i need to get back at gapyeong then wait there for the shuttle bus bound for petite or is there a shuttle bus waiting right outside nami, la petite and garden?

    Thanks so much!

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  2. Hi! I just want to ask if we need to book in advance the ticket for subway? we are going to gapyeong station from uljiro 3-ga station. I downloaded the subway app but i cant understand it. Huhu. Badly need your help. Thanks!😊

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    1. Hi Raqs! No need to purchase the ticket for the subway. If you will be using T-Money, just make sure you load it with enough money for your travel. There are a lot of loading stations in the subway and you can also reload this in the convenience stores. I recommend you download the subway app by Kakao. You will just have to enter there what subway you are coming from and your subway destination. It will give you the option and instruction which station you will have to change lines. You can do it! That’s part of the thrill of travelling! Fighting! :-)

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  3. Hi Lei, do we need to reserve a seat in advance? Like, is there a limit of tourists per ride/day? Does it get fully booked quick? Reason for the ask is because we might expect we can easily pay for the ride, but then when we get there, it might be sold out already and need to go back the next day. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Elen! No need to reserve for a seat for the tourist bus. However, it is a first come, first serve basis so it is better to be there early so you can plan your tour and manage your time well. :)

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  4. Hi! I am glad I came across your post. We have a trip coming in a few days and haven’t made up our minds on whether to get package tours or to just DIY. I hope you can answer my query… do you think upon arrival at Gapyeong, we start of with The Garden of Morning Calm, then Petit then Nami? What would you suggest the amount of time we spend per location? :) What would be your best suggestion for a group of 4 ?

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    1. Hi Mia! If you will be arriving just in time for the first tourist bus, it might be better to start with the Garden of the Morning Calm, then Petite France then last is Nami Island. That way, even if you miss the last bus from Nami to Gapyeong station, you can still take a cab which will only cost around W3000. Petite France is really small, I was able to see everything in 30 minutes. Spend more time in Nami and Garden of the Morning Calm because they are both really pretty during the autumn season. However, the Garden of the Morning Calm looks gorgeous at night during the winter months because of the lights, so you might as well consider that. However, you might miss the last bus and the cab ride going back to Gapyeong Station will be much pricier.

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    1. Hi Sel! Taxi from Nami Island to Petite France is approximately ₩17,000 to ₩18,000 or maybe higher now. I’ve posted a picture of the taxi rates in this article, you can have that as a reference.

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    1. Hi Grace, I only use T-Money every time I go to Nami Island by subway. I have used this route 3 times already until November 2016 and it has always been the same. Enjoy your trip!

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    1. Hi MC! I apologize for the late reply…I hope you were able to enjoy your trip…well for me, P3400 is quite expensive for Nami Island + Petite France if you will include the subway ride, Gapyeong tourist bus and entrance fees. My estimate if you will plan a DIY tour would be less than P2000.

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  5. Hi there, thanks for your post, it is really helpful. Just a little wonder, did you get the same route on your way back as on your way to get there? Or, did you take train from Cheongpyeong station on your way back from petite france, as it is closer rather than from Gapyeong station? Thank you

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  6. Hi. I just want to ask, is it possible to go to petite france first and then nami island using the shuttle bus? Since everyone will go to nami island first, I want to go to petite france first to avoid the crowd. Hope you can answer me asap. Hihi. Thank you!

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    1. Yes it is possible. You can choose to stay in the bus even if it reaches the Nami Island bus stop and wait until it reaches Petite France. That’s what I did. :)

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  7. Thank you for this post. This really helps! Will be going there together with my friends on end of April this year. I’m also a DIY person and prefer to explore a place on my own in a most cheaper way at my own preferred time. I downloaded the app you have suggested, and it’s really amazing. Will be also using T money card for subways. Can I also use it for the tour bus in Gapyeong?

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    1. Hi Szheryl! Thanks for the feedback! I have not tried using T-Money in purchasing the ticket for the Gapyeong Tourist Bus. You may try to ask the Tourist Information Center if it is possible. I purchased mine using Korean won. Have fun on your trip! :)

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  8. Hi, saw the subway route you’ve took. Would like to ask would it better/faster for me if i were to go by seoul stn -> ichon -> mangu -> Gapyeong? As my hotel’s near seoul stn. Or following the route you’ve taken would be good enough? :)

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    1. Hi, since I was staying in Myeongdong, that was my starting point. However, since you are near Seoul Station, you can also start there so it will be easier for you. You may also download the subway app so it will be easier for you to navigate the subway routes. Take care on your trip! :)

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      1. Thank you for the prompt reply!
        Do you know if i buy the tour bus ticket from the bus driver is it the same as buying the tix at the tourist info counter at gapyeong stn? :)

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      2. Hi again! Yes I think it is just the same. However, speaking from experience, I got mine from the tourist information center outside gapyeong station.

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  9. Hi, Lei. Thank you for sharing this! Your post is really informative. Would also like to ask, is gapyeong station to wharf walking distance? For in case that we would be taking a cab, how long is the travel time? Thanks in advance. :)

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    1. Hi Pepey, I would suggest you take a cab. Travel time will be about 5 minutes. I’ve posted the taxi fare on the blog for your reference. Enjoy your trip! :)

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  10. hi lei, were planning to go this April;
    Nami Island, Garden of the Morning Calm, Petite France and Gapyeong Rail Park
    – Myeongdong Station to Yongsan Station ITX
    – Yongsan Station to Gapyeong Station (but the only available morning schedule Depart 6:55am – Arrival 7:54am)
    Direct 2003 ITX-Cheongchun Yongsan Gapyeong 06:55 07:54
    is it okay for us to arrive that early? does any of the park open that early?
    what should we visit first? (Nami Island, Garden of the Morning Calm, Petite France and Gapyeong Rail Park)
    how many hours will it takes to visit all? (so we can book in advance ITX Gapyeong Station to Yongsan Station)

    Thank you in advance.

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    1. Hello Glennr! Nami Island is open as early as 7:30 a.m., I suggest you go there first so it is less crowded. Just take a cab going there from Gapyeong station since the shuttle bus is usually available 9 am onwards. Your itinerary is feasible, however, you will have to manage your time well and start really early since you will be visiting 4 places in one day. I suggest you spend more time in Nami Island and Garden of the Morning Calm, lesser time in Petite France. I have not tried the rail park yet but my friend enjoyed it a lot. Enjoy your trip! :)

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      1. Hi Lei,

        Thank you for quick reply!
        Were going this last week of April, what clothes should we bring? is it cold or hot? is it okay to wear shorts?
        How much should we load T money card?
        Do they currency exchange Philippine Peso or should we buy US Dollar?

        Thank you very much!

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      2. Hi again!

        I suggest you check accuweather so you can assess the temperature and weather during your travel dates and decide on what to wear. Springtime is usually sunny during daytime and colder at night.

        To get a more accurate subway fare, I suggest you download the subway app by Kakao. This will serve as your guide in navigating the subway in Korea. Reloading can be done in subway stations or even at convenience stores like 711 and GS25.

        Whenever I go out of the country, I usually have US Dollars.

        Enjoy your trip! :-)

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    1. Hi Eve! Here is the breakdown of my expenses excluding the Garden of the Morning Calm and Rail Park because I have not been there yet: Entrance Fees to Nami Island (KRW8000) and Petite France KRW10000, Gapyeong Tourist Bus KRW 6000, Subway from Myeongdong to Gapyeong Station roundtrip KRW 4500.

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