Namhae Island Adventures
This month we went to Namhae Island over the long weekend, and we had a blast. Namhae is an island along the south coast. We’re actually only about an hour, hour and a half away from the island. It’s the 5th largest island in Korea, and the whole island is pretty traditional. There are nice beaches, and is a very popular tourist destination for Koreans, with all the pensions and minbaks (guest houses) on the island. We were lucky enough to get to go with Adventure Korea, an English speaking tour group that does trips all over the place. Most of their departures are from Seoul, but once in a while they do pickups in other places around the country on the way to their destination. We were lucky enough to go, because their website said there were no more seats left, but actually two people had cancelled so we got on the bus! We went with Callum and Alice, and I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend the long weekend.
The group walking down the massive hill on the way to the traditional farming village. The hills in the background are the fields in which they farm on. This village is a very popular tourist destination, but only in the past 10 years. 10 years ago, the village was trained to host people in their houses so that they could have income from the tourists. And it worked. There are so many people who visit the village now, it can get crowded.
Alice and Callum, with the paper lanterns we were going to fly. We wrote wishes on them, and the wishes are supposed to come true when the lanterns lose their fire and come down. We didn’t get our wish (a pancake breakfast).
I would definitely travel with Adventure Korea again – Seokjin , our tour guide, really put on a good tour. Going with friends was good, meeting new people was awesome. Great trip overall! 🙂