Petite France : The Little France in Korea

By Local Unnie

 

Continuing from the Nami Island Tour, your local unnie moved to “Petite France”.

When I was a kid, the book entitled “The Little Prince” was just a book full of texts with little pictures. However, as I get older and older, I realized the meaning behind this book. Since then, your local unnie became a big fan of the Little Prince so this French style theme-park featuring the Little Prince was a big excitement.

 

How to get there?

From Nami Island, take the “Gapyeong Tourism Attraction Circulation Bus”. Get off from the bus when you see the below pictures because you have arrived in Petite France!DSC01215DSC01218Petite France consists of 16 French-style buildings composed of restaurants, guesthouse, memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943) and other more which will give you a French culture experience.DSC01220Walking on the up hill, you will see this. This shows that Petite France has been continuously featured on many dramas and variety shows such as My Love from Another Star, Secret Garden, Beethoven Virus, and Running man.DSC01221

Tickets are available on door and details of the admission fees are as follows :

  • Adults: 8,000 won
  • Teenagers (Middle & High School Students): 6,000 won
  • Children (ages 3-Elementary School Students): 5,000 won
  •  Seniors (ages 65 & above) / People with Disabilities: 6,000 won (proof of identification required)

* For groups of 20 people or more, please make a reservation by phone (+82-31-584-8200) at least 7 days in advance before the intended visit date.

Despite it is open all year round, take note of its operating hours.

  • Sun-Thu 9:00-18:00
  • Fri-Sat 9:00-20:00

* Last admission: 1 hour before closing.

Here are some pictures from my trip.

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Be “Do, Minjun” and “Cheon, Songyi” for a day!

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If there is a pad lock of love in N Seoul Tower,there is a bell of love in Petite France.

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Stamping mission : Purchase a clothe at the entrance and look for the stamps. Once you get to complete them, you get a prize!

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What to do in Petite France?

  1. Saint-Exupery Memorial Hall: You will be able to see the life of Saint-Exupery, who was a noted author in France, and the writing process of novel entitled The Little Prince.
  2. Orgel House: You will be able to see the orgels (musicbox) from all over European countries.
  3. France Traditional House Exhibition Hall: Experience the 19 century’s French culture inside France Traditional House.
  4. Antique Exhibit Hall: Shopping Time!!! Enjoy and purchase antique items, puppets and porcelain from Europe.
  5. Marionette Dance Performance: You will see the dance performance of marionette of the Czech Republic.
  6. Puppet play: A European play for children, comprised of a Guignol and marionette, French and Czech traditional puppets, respectively.
  7. Appreciating an orgel: You will get to know about the history of orgels.
  8. Plaster art exhibition

For the what to eat, your local unnie has no strong recommendation that you must eat while in Petite France. Everything is just so usual.

If you have inquiries leave me your e-mail address.

Your local unnie will get back to you as soon as possible.

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