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South Korea Diaries: A Taste of France in Le Petite France in Gapyeong

le petite france in gapyeong

Welcome back to my blog! This is part of our South Korea diaries, and today I will be talking about our trip to Le Petite France in Gapyeong. Gapyeong offers quite a few attractions such as Le Petite France, Nami Island and Garden of the Morning Calm. However, due to time constraints, we weren’t able to visit the last one. Before we headed to Nami Island which was our main destination, we made a side trip first to Le Petite France, a French-themed cultural vilage along the country side of South Korea. When you visit South Korea soon, you should not miss this place.

Introduction: Le Petite France in Gapyeong

Le Petite France in Gapyeong is a French-themed village consisting of 16 various French-styled and colorful buildings. When you go here, you have the option to enjoy French cuisine, learn and understand French clothing and see various collections at the museum.

Are you fond of literature? Perhaps, you have heard about the story of “The Little Prince” or “Le Petit Prince” in French. It was a story of a small boy from a very small planet who traveled his way to Earth. The journey is all about gaining wisdom. It was even paralleled to the life of the narrator who experienced the turmoil of WWII while in France. If you wish to read more of the story of the Le Petit Prince, see here.

When you go over the romantic village full of French elements, you will see that some of the drawings there are after the story mentioned.

How to go to Gapyeong from Myeongdong

  1. From Myeongdong Station, we took the train in Line 4 heading to Chungmuro Station and got down to Dongdaemun Station.
  2. Then, we transferred to Line 1 and ride a train heading to Cheongnyangni Station.
  3. We got off in Hoegi Station and transferred to Kyeongchun Line. Then, we rode the train going to Cheongnyangni Station and got off in Gapyeong Station.

Complicated? Yes. But, it’s the cheapest way to go there (haha). I tell you we got lost while transferring stations. But, it’s the price we pay.

When you reached the Gapyeong Station, you can ride on the Gapyeong City Tour Bus stops. The Gapyeong City Tour Bus stops at the Gapyeong Rail Bike, Nami Island, Petite France, and the Garden of the Morning Calm. From the station, you can purchase the unlimited ticket for 6,000 KRW. You can just hop on and off the bus. We first went to Petite France before we headed to Nami Island.

Gallery: Le Petite France in Gapyeong

Although the whole place is small, Le Petite France has quite a few interesting spots such as museum about the Saint-Exupery, the author of The Little Prince; a couple of souvenir shops and antique shops selling various items.

These colorful houses are nearly stacked right on top of one another. They also have narrow and winding stairs.

The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)

The B-612 in the picture refers to the name of the planet where the little prince came from in the story.

Overlooking the snow mountains

Le Petite France in Gapyeong is such a small village, and it was smaller than I expected. So, when you go here, you need to really stretch your time to maximize your visit. If you’re also a K-drama fan (which I am not), this place might have more appeal to you since this place was used by lot of K-drama series which I know you already know of (if you’re fan, of course).

After visiting Le Petite France, we hopped on the bus then went to the ferry station to head to Nami Island. Watch out for the next blog post. Thanks for reading!

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Bailey Deziel
May 26, 2020 9:05 pm

This is a great guide for South Korea! I really hope i’ll be able to travel there someday.

Nilakshi
May 26, 2020 5:12 pm

I am absolutely loving this place. Since the very beginning, I have loved the countryside.

Ashley J Newton
May 26, 2020 1:35 pm

Always wanted to travel here. Looks like such simple living!

Shannon Gurnee
May 26, 2020 12:21 pm

That looks like a great place. Sounds like a place many like!

Knycx Journeying
May 26, 2020 11:06 am

Le Petit France is a famous attraction with lots of mainland Chinese visitors and appeared on many TV Show – thanks for showing what it looks like in Winter I think this is my first time seeing so! – Knycx Journeying

emman damian
May 26, 2020 10:10 am

I haven’t been to Le Petite France In Gapyeong! I hope to visit it soon! Looks wonderful!

Lavern Moore
Lavern Moore
May 26, 2020 9:19 am

This seems like an exciting place to discover a little France in South Korea. I would like to see the sights and landmarks here!

Kathy Kenny Ngo
May 26, 2020 12:45 am

I first saw this place in My Love from the Stars and instantly fell in love with it.

Neil Alvin
Neil Alvin
May 25, 2020 11:25 pm

Yum! I do hope tp try that place out when I visit SK after thid pandemic

Elizabeth O
Elizabeth O
May 25, 2020 11:16 pm

While I’m watching Korean drama movies. Its teasing me to go asap to Korea. I love how beautiful Nami Island is. Should put this on my next travel lists. and its seems like you had an amazing time there with your friends.

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