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Korean name
Revised RomanizationNamiseom

Namiseom or Nami Island (Korean: 남이섬) is a half-moon shaped island located in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, South Korea, formed as the land around it was inundated by the rising water of the North Han River as the result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam in 1944. Its name originates from General Nami, who died at the age of 28 after being falsely accused of treason during the reign of King Sejo, the seventh king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. Although his grave was not discovered, there were a pile of stones where his body was supposed to be buried. It was believed that if someone took even one stone from there, it would bring misfortune to their house. A tour company arranged the grave with soil and then developed Namiseom into an amusement park[1].


Namiseom is located 3.8 km from Gapyeong County, but belongs to Chuncheon in Gangwon Province. It is 430,000 square meters in area and approximately 4 km in diameter.


Naminara (lit. "Nami Country") is a micronation, and the "visa" issued by Naminara is required in order to enter Namiseom. It declared itself a self-governing country in 2006 as acceding to General Nami's natural greatness of soul and appointed Ryu Hongjun as the 1st head of culture and Suzanna Samstag Oh as a foreign head. In addition, it has invented its own passport, currency, stamp and telephone card, and has promoted the establishment of Naminara in other countries[1].[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b "춘천 남이섬" [Namiseom]. (in Korean). Retrieved 24 May 2019.

Coordinates: 37°47′30″N 127°31′32″E / 37.79154°N 127.525435°E / 37.79154; 127.525435