Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Asian Eyes' Korea - Nami Island Unicef

          Day 4: Nov/20/2012, 3 pm: We arrived Nami Island at last. Our ferry docked at the pier and everyone disembarked. As it was quite chilly, the island management had prepared a huge fire place for tourist to warm themselves. For the next 2 hours we were allowed to roam the island on our free time. We took some time reading about the dead General Nami at it's supposedly "grave" site, marked by a pile of stones where his body was supposed to be buried. Again we were reminded by Kent should we try to take even one stone back from there, it would bring misfortune to their house. We ooh and ahh and then just wandered on.
         The island is the site of Nami Island International Children's Book Festival (NAMBOOK) and other cultural events that take place every weekend, making Nami one of the main cultural and artistic tourist attractions in Korea. The island declared its cultural and artistic tourist attractions in Korea, and declared it's cultural independence and was reborn as Naminara Republic. It has it's own national flag, anthem, currency, passport and phone cards, stamps, orthography and even a certification of citizenship. Nami is home to several galleries and is the site of the Song Museum, which housed a collection of international ethnic musical instruments. There are indoor and outdoor stages - facility for seminars and workshops in addition to a hotel and several cottages. Nami Island is dedicated to improvethe mental and physical well being of children throughout the world. As such, it serves as the main sponsor of the Hans Christian Andersen Award and contributes regularly to UNICEF. Nami Island had been supporting various events ranging from paintings to applied art in cooperation with writers and international organizations such as UNICEF and UNESCO. Many countries display their tourist attraction here, creating an atmosphere of a country within a country.  Many exhibitions on landscape can be found along the way as we goes further towards center of Nami Island
        Here are the pictures I took as I wander around Nami island: 
Nami Island location: 1024, Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
Coordinates: 37.79154°N 127.525435°
Tel: +82-31-580-8114, +82-31-580-8008

As our ferry nears the pier, a signed stated "Welcome to Naminara Republic" welcome us.
Stone structures greeted us as soon as we disembarked from the ferry. 
"Smile "- CCTV straddled a tree "shooting" us as we make our way around the island. 
Beautiful stone statue on Korean folklore Arirang found on the island.
More stone statues adorned the park.
Kent explained about the half moon island before releasing us for a two hour self guided tour around the island.
Writing on stone remembering the dead General Nami which lend it's name to this island.
The story of the dead General Name retold.
Lovers strolling in the park in a crisp afternoon. Nami Island is also called as the Romantic Island for obvious reason.
Tall trees flanked along the way as we pushed intp the interior part of the island.
The island also played host for many artists all over the world to display their artworks here.
Many countries displayed their king's portraits as travel advertisement.
Many landscape portraits complete with their country flags indicating where they came from, lined along the way.
Miniature train for the young and old alike. It's a theme park after all.
Tandem bike for rent for the love bird or those still young at heart.
Kids feeding ducks in the compound. The ducks actually follow this family around the island for some time.
Tourists passed by portraits of some of the most famous landscape found in South Korea.
A competition of the best portraits going on in. We have a great time looking at those breath taking photos.
The island is also a location where Unicef did its propaganda. Here Unicef build a structure that  housed Imagine - featuring eco-friendly theme.

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