Korea Travelogue: Hanwah Hotspring Resort, Waterpia & Nami Island

This is our 5th day in Korea, and our stay for the night was Hanwah Resort. Although this apartment is half the size of Greenpia Service Apartment, it was more than adequate for the both of us, plus the furnishings were better. But alas, no bath towels AGAIN.

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The first room on the left is an ondol room; beddings are stored in the cupboard. There is a kitchenette for guest to whip up their own meals. I forgot to take a picture of the bathroom, which was of 5 star hotel standards. If you wish to do some laundry, this is the place to do it! In the small balcony, there is a foldable rack hang your wet clothes.

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Waterpia spa is just a 5 minute walk away from the resort. Seorak Waterpia is a huge indoor and outdoor water theme park, separated into the Spa Zone and Aqua Zone. The spa valley uses 100% all-natural hot spring water from Seoraksan Mountain while the Aqua Zone offers wave pools children will love. But because my skin was already quite dry, I skipped this activity be soaking in hot water is not advisable for dry skin. I had geleto and coffee while waiting for Hubby, who returned with red, patchy and itchy skin.

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The guide brought us to a seafood restaurant for dinner, you can choose to top up about SGD 50 for a seafood feast, or just stick to the steamboat included in the tour. Hubby and about 60% my tour mates opted for the seafood feast and none of them regretted it. I will feature pictures of the fancy seafood adventure first.

You will get to try Live Octopus; known as sannakji in Korea .Take a bite of the live octopus, and the lady boss will cut off its tentacles. Chew it first, before swallowing to avoid choking. Hubby shared that the meat was extremely fresh and he could feel the suction cups on the octopus tentacles on his tongue. I resolved not to kiss him that night.

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Fresh from the sea- assorted sashimi, grumpy- looking crab, sea urchins, Korean abalone, sea snails and a mountain of side dishes.

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The rest of us had steaming pot of dumpling and mushroom steamboat.

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Playing with fire sparkles by the sea!

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Waking up early for breakfast at Hanwah Resort is worth it. One of the better buffet spreads we had in this tour.

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On the way to Nami Island, named after General Nami , whose grave resides on this tiny island. Nami Island is also famous for being one of the filming locations of Winter Sonata.

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A poem by General Nami and his tomb. He was falsely denounced as a traitor and executed.

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Squirrel spotted!

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Care for lunch in a charming cottage?

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The metasequoia footpath of Nami Island. Can you imagine how beautiful it will be in autumn? The tour guide kept refering to this place as “liang bo shu” (2 rows of trees). Mind you, it’s very crowded here, so take your obligatory touristy photos as fast as you can and there is no way you can get strangers out of your picture.

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Well, we obvious were not ready. Hubby wanted to make a heart sign with me, but….bwahahahah!

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Take 2!

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We wandered around the island for another 25 minutes…

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Spotted another cute squirrel and managed to get quite close to it.

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Get lost, human!

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We left the island to have lunch, which was traditional farm-style chicken with rice cakes topped with seaweed.

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Till next time! Hope you week has been great so far 🙂

4 thoughts on “Korea Travelogue: Hanwah Hotspring Resort, Waterpia & Nami Island

    1. Madame Chewy Post author

      Yeah, agree with the ewww and Nami Island being rather boring.
      Fortunately we didnt spend a long time there….

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