The Origin of Namiseom, Nami Island
In the past, Nami Island was called ‘Namseom(南島),’ which literally translates to an island in the front. The name ‘Namiseom’ originates from General Nam I, whose body is believed to be buried in the pile of stones on the northern hill of Nami Island. Dasan Jeong Yakyong wrote about this myth about General Nam I and recorded Nami Island as ‘Namiseom(南怡苫)’ and ‘Namiseo(南怡嶼)’ in his books, Cheonwugihang(穿牛紀行) and Sansoosimwongi(汕水尋源記). ‘Seom(苫)’ means an island, ‘Do(島)’ refers to a larger island, and ‘Seo(嶼)’ is an island too small for people to inhabit. In 1965, Sujae Minn Byeong Do, the founder of Nami Island, erected a monument to honor General Nam I along with an epitaph written by Nosan Lee Eun-sang and inscribed by Iljung Kim Chung-hyeon. Meanwhile, the actual grave of General Nam I is known to be located in Namjeon-ro, Bibong-myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do.
UNICEF Child-Friendly Theme Park
In December 2010 Naminara Republic, Nami Island was designated a UNICEF Child Friendly Park. This was a first for Korea and only the 14th park in the world to receive such a designation. Nami was selected for this honor as a result of our ongoing financial support of UNICEF and cultural activities for children such as the Nami Island International Children’s Book Festival (Nambook). Nami Island has also been designated an “Easy Place” by The Human Rights Forum of Persons with Disabilities in Korea (PWDK) due to the ease of access we offer to all visitors.