South Korea in the Perspective of a Filipino Expatriate

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Little Visit to Petite France in Korea

Petite France Korea
Entrance to Petite France

The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre Museum, The Cathedral of Notre Dame, Chanel, Dior, and the world’s most-loved novel The Little Prince, all these and more are the contribution of France to the world. No wonder why France is one of the most interesting places to visit.

Most of us are still dreaming to go to France, but for those who are here in Korea, don’t worry because France came to Korea to meet you. Yes, it’s true. There’s a place in Gapyeong in the province of Gyeongido  called “Petite France”, it is a French cultural village that displays statues, infrastructures, fictional characters and anything related to France.

One of the most remarkable displays in the place is the statue of Little Prince. Who doesn’t love the adorable Little Prince? He is a character in the famous novel who apparently loved by the Koreans. You can see a lot of things connected to The Little Prince.

Human size statue of Little Prince in Petite France
Human size statue of Little Prince in Petite France


I have visited several Traditional French houses, you can see dolls and figurines everywhere. There are scary dolls, there are cute ones and of course there are adorable ones that entertained us with a short marionette show. I enjoyed that show.

The marionette show at Petite France
The marionette show at Petite France

The odd looking and colorful buildings are also pleasing to the eyes. It made me feel that I was really in France.

buildings in Petite France
buildings in Petite France

Of course the Eiffel Tower can’t be taken out of the equation when we talk about France. The famous infrastructure is there too, well at least for a photo opp.

eiffel tower petite france
eiffel tower petite france


There’s antique house too where you can see French style plates on display and other items like figurines and whatnot. All of these are very France.

French items on display
French items on display

Because of its unique appearance, Petite France was also a shooting location of some famous Korean drama series such as Beethoven Virus, Secret Garden, Running Man and You Who Came from the Star.



How to go to Petite France in Korea?

Petite France is located at this address:

1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 가평군 청평면 호반로 1063

But if you go there via public transportation, get off at Gapyeong Station (Gyeongchun Line). When you exit the station, you can buy a ticket for Gapyeong City Bus Tour for only 5,000 won. This City Bus Tour will take you to Gapyeong’s tourist destinations like Nami Island, The Garden of Morning Calm and Petite France. You can choose to get off at Petite France. If you have ample time, you can actually visit all other places available in the city tour.

Entrance Fee at Petite France is 8,000 won.

10 comments:

  1. I can imagine taking a picture in front of that tower and manipulating the picture to make it look like I was at the real one lol. Love the photos and the taste of Korea

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  2. How cool! I never would have guessed that such a place existed in Korea - it really does look very realistically like a French place! I love seeing all the colorful buildings, especially. I live in the United States but have never been to France, and seeing your pictures does make me think of the actual country!

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  3. This is such a lovely place and one that I would enjoy visiting often. It think it is great that they even have the antique place that shows the types of dishes and statues that are French. Who wouldn't want a photo opt with the Eiffel Tower?

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  4. I really miss living in Korea, and when I get back to the country in a couple of months for a visit, I will make it a point to visit the Petite France. I first heard about this place last year when I was in Seoul for a visit but I did not have a chance to stop by, on the next trip though, I will definitely do it! :D

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  5. That's a really neat way to experience France without actually going. France is on my list of places to visit one day but for now, I'll have to settle with places that recreate French attractions!

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  6. It looks like quite an incredible adventure! I would love to visit. The food and culture look incredible.

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  7. What a wonderful place to visit. I've been to Korea before, but it was a long time ago. I would love to come back, though. I miss the food and I will definitely see this when I come back.

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  8. I always enjoy looking at the buildings in towns I visit. This sounds like a neat place to visit. I doubt I go there any time soon, if ever. Share more pics if you have them!

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  9. Wow, this looks like a super fun place to visit! I love seeing pictures of places to visit. I will not be traveling any time soon but I have friends who travel all over, I will share with them! Maybe they will add it to their list!

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  10. Please advise me a travel agent. I will travelling with my son in December coming from Qatar and will be passing by Seoul for 5 days on my way home to Philippine. I would also like to book for hotel.. I don't need a five star.. a three star will be fine with me. Looking forward to any advise. Thanks.

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