As I wrote before, Gyeonggi province has so many wonderful theme-villages, after Edelweiss Swiss Theme Park, I also got chance to visit another theme-village named Petite France, which judging from the name, it was inspired by french culture. To be more exact, Petite France‘s concept was inspired by French author Saint Exupary who wrote novel ‘Le Petit Prince’. Eventhough this place also famous as of My Love from Another Stars, Secret Garden or Running Man’s shooting location, I didn’t watch those Kdramas and variety shows, and just came here bcos is well-known tourist attractions.
In my opinion, Petite France is bigger than Edelweiss Swiss but it’s more crowded. Meanwhile at Edelweiss Swiss, I could enjoy those small museum houses more comfortable. Petite France is also consists of some small houses with french decoration, paintings or cute bedrooms but it didn’t have any information boards about the meaning or the histories of those houses. After having such a good experience at Edelweiss Swiss which not only overload with cuteness but also very informative, It’s hard not to make comparison with Petite French.
But at least, I could spotted some beautiful things around Petite French, a street guy musician who giving us a great melody during our visit, the rare poster of Breathless movie, a french new wave movie during 60’s, and who doesn’t love the everlasting character Pinochhio? During my trip, I just need around 90 minutes for strolling around and I think that’s enough to feel french vibes at South Korea.
1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Opening hours and entrance fee:
Sunday to Thursday 9 am until 6 pm
Friday to Saturday 9 am until 8 pm
Entrance fee 6,000 won (adult); 5,000 won (youth and children). For foreigners, I recommend for using discount coupons where you could have discount around 2,000 won from the original entrance fee.
How to go there:
By Subway and continue by Gapyeong City Bus Tour. From Seoul, take subway to Gyeongchun Line and get off at Gapyeong Station Exit 1. Gapyeong City Bus Tour cost 6,000 won for one day pass. To check bus time-schedule and its route, please click here. Gapyeong City Bus Tour come ontime and will pick you up at the bus shelter in front of Gapyeong Station.
Level of love:
♥♥ (For me, Petite French is a lil bit overrated tourist location. It was a cute place but it didn’t maintain very well since some french-theme houses don’t have any proper information)