TRAVEL KOREA: PETITE FRANCE in Gapyeong


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

As much as I would want to blog about the cool spots, food, and experiences I've had in my recent travel to Korea-- life just keeps getting in the way, but in the good way of course (like marrying my bestfriend, duh.).

Apologies for the long hiatus, but I am back guys and I wanted to share with you the amazing Petite France in Gapyeong, around 20 mins from NAMI ISLAND.

How to get there: We took a train (ITX) going to Yongsan Station, upon arriving-- look for the KORAIL counter and purchase an ITX ticket going to Gapyeong Station, but remember to ride the ITX-Cheongchun, you could pretty much ask around if feeling lost, which we totally did. haha!

The ride is about an hour from Yongsan, and it costs around Php250. From Gapyeong, you could see a lot of buses offering a "City tour" ticket, grab it and keep the ticket, you'll need it for the rest of the ride. The city tour is about Php300 or 6,000 won, not bad considering you could practically ride their bus going to Nami Island, Petite France, or Garden of Morning Calm unlimited, you just have to show it to the driver upon stepping inside the bus, and remember the look of your bus, driver, and tour guide, at all times!

Upon arriving at the Petite France, you'd be greeted with this amazing huge Little Prince statue. Yes, we went here first eventhough Nami Island is pretty much the first stop of the tour. 
ENTRANCE TICKET: 8,000 won or Php388. 
The reason behind this amazing little French Village is that the owner apparently traveled to France and really fell in love with it and decided to create his little own village in Korea.
I honestly wasn't able to take so many pictures, mainly because I was vlogging the whole time. If you would like to see more and the insides of these cute little houses, then you may visit my youtube channel or watch the vlog below:

We went there on November 28, 2017, it was a Tuesday, and for some reason, there wasn't a lot of people/tourists there. Hence, I was able to really rome around and vlog comfortably. 
It was super peaceful and quiet, and I did find myself stopping and just really trying to get the taste of the place.
You can definitely lurk around and if you are interested about the "Little Prince" well the place is pretty much bombarded with it, from the original pages and drawings, you name it, they have it.
The weather in Korea is somewhat bi-polar, we went inside and it was freezing cold but few moments later, the sun was really high and the weather was rather tolerable.
some of their buildings and rooms were meant for the guests who wanted to stay for a night or two so we weren't really allowed to go inside, but for rooms like "maison de marie" and "maison de jean", anyone can access it, the rooms were dressed up very medieval and European-style.
So whilst waiting for our bus to go to Nami Island, we went to this convenience store which was just right outside the Petite France and had a little munching.
That's about it guys, see you in NAMI ISLAND. x

PETITE FRANCE
Address: 1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Contact No.: +82-31-584-8200


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