Nami Island best known for Winter Sonata. I still remember my first trip there solely due to Winter Sonata influenced. And once I asking myself either this small island can still be in tourism map after years to come and when the generation who never know about Winter Sonata taking over. But I guess i found my answer as the island is still there welcoming many tourists for other reason than Winter Sonata only. And peoples behind the existing of the island is the answers.
Nami Island or Namisum is located 3.8 km from Gapyeong County, but belongs to Chuncheon in Gangwon-do. It is 430,000 square meters in area and approximately 4 km in diameter. In 1965, Min Byungdo (former South Korea Governor) purchased and started to reforest the island. In 1966, he founded Gyeongchun Tourism Development Inc. and developed it into a resort town. He changed the firm name to Namisum Inc. in 2000. In 2001, the new CEO Mr Kang Woo-hyon which used to be graphic designer and an environmentalist and civil activist turned Nami Island as Naminara republic and what we see in Nami Island now.
In Nami Island, you can experience nature, culture, arts, literature and entertainment. You can find books at every corner of the island where you can read and return back. Every year a big summer festival will held here. Arts gallery and museum is everywhere and of course the breathtaking view of Metasequoia Lane.
As Nami Island been described by his CEO ” Naminara Republic is a fairytale nation of the imagination where our hopes and dreams can become reality”. I’m sharing my memories with whomever yet to reach there.