Situated 63km from Seoul, Nami Island or Namiseom Island (남이섬 종합휴양지) is half-moon shaped isle in Cheongpyeong Lake, Gangwon Province. With the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam in 1944, the river water rose and as a result, this island was formed.
Nami Island was named after General Nami, a notable figure in Korean history who served during the reign of King Sejo (1455-1468) and courageously fought in battles but died at the age of 28 after being falsely accused of treason.
In 1965, Mr. Byeong-Do Minn aka “Tree-grandfather” used his retirement pension to purchase Nami Island and started to plant thousands of trees.
In 2006, Nami Island declared its cultural independence from the Republic of Korea and became the Naminara Republic. This micro-nation has its own diplomatic and cultural policies including having its own national flag, passport, currency, and stamp.
Nature & Gardens:
– Eco Farm Yeonryeonji Pond
– Iseul Recycling Garden
– Baekpungmilwon Maple Garden
– Metasequoia Lane – Popularized by Korean Drama “Winter Sonata”
– Water Garden Swimming Pool
– Gingko Tree Lane
– Jeonggwan Baekryeonji Pond
– Bungalow Row Riverside Path
Recording Date: September 2017
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