Namhae is a beautiful island off the southern coast of Korea. It is known as the Treasure Island of Korea and is famous for farming so don’t be surprised if you get stuck driving behind a tractor or two.
Here are a few of my tips on what to do if you spend a weekend in Namhae.
1. Forget about the Hilton. Stay in one of the many seaside pensions and enjoy the gorgeous views.
We stayed at the Hi Class Pension, but there are loads of other [more affordable] pensions on the island. If you want to do some research, try searching 남해 펜션 on Naver and browsing through the results or have a Korean friend help you.
2. Visit the Art Village in Namhae
This isn’t a proper tourist attraction in Namhae, but I found it so charming. It’s tucked away in the middle of a farming area and the art is really lovely.
3. Take a drive along the coastal road
The views along Namhae’s winding coastal road are really amazing. If you’re prone to motion sickness, it’s not a bad idea to take some medication before driving around Namhae.
4. Garlic Land of Treasure Island (보물섬마늘나라)
Korea is the world’s largest consumer of garlic and Namhae is famous for growing garlic. We meant to stop by Garlic Land, but missed it. If you want to learn more about the significance of garlic in Korea, check it out.
Address: Gyeongsangnam-do Namhae-gun I-dong-myeon Dajeong-ri 971
This spot is on CNN Travel’s list of 50 Beautiful Places to Visit in Korea. It was a little baren when we went, but it looks like a fun place to visit when they are planting the rice. Check out my post on the Darangee Village for more information.
6. German Village
During tough times in the 60’s & 70’s, Korea sent nurses and miners to Germany in exchange for relief funds. The village, containing German style homes, was built to welcome these people back to Korea.
The American Village was built to lure Korean-Americans back to their homeland with its beautiful surroundings and American suburbia style homes.
8. Go to the beach!
Namhae has two really nice beaches, Songjeong Beach and Sangju Beach. Both are located on the south eastern side of the island.
9. Play Golf
I know I said to forget about the Hilton, but if you’re into golf, you might want to play a round at their 18-hole coastal course. If you want to play during the weekend, be sure to call ahead to make a reservation.
Address: San 35-5, Doekwol-ri, Nam-Myeon, Namhae-gun, 668-862, South Korea
Phone: 82-55-860 0100