Petite France, South Korea, travel, photography, TS76

Petite France, South Korea

The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched,  

they must be felt with the heart. 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The most beautfelt with the heart. Quote from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

I heard and read that there is a French cultural village in Gapyeong, South Korea called Petite France which is located about an hour away from Seoul. It is a recreation of a typical village in Provence and it is entirely dedicated to Antoine de Saint -Exupéry‘s famous character ”Le Petit Prince”.

Being a curious and restless person, I decided to take a day off from my busy schedule and go on a little adventure away from the city.

Come along as we head to Petite France, South Korea.

There is a small, charming village in South Korea dedicated to Antoine De Saint-Exupéry's famous character The Little Prince. Come along on an adventure and see why it is one of the best day trips from Seoul, South Korea.

My first stop? Cheongnyangni station to catch a train heading to Gapyeong Station (which is on the Gyeongchun Line).

Cheongnyangni Station, Seoul, train station, South Korea

Korail, train, Seoul, train station, Cheongnyangni station, South Korea

I arrived at Gapyeong station only to find that I had just missed the free shuttle bus to the village!

Korail, Gapyeong station, Gyeonggi-Do, train station, South Korea

Luckily, the nice lady at the Tourist Information Desk gave me all the information I needed. She even took me to the taxi stand where she gave directions to the driver and before I knew it we were on the way.

taxi, Korean taxi, Gapyeong, South Korea, driving, driving in Korea, taxi interior

He spoke a bit of English and wanted to speak as much as he could! The road to the village is quite impressive and the view? Spectacular. He made an unscheduled stop to show me one of the best photo spots. Was it worth it? Oh definitely! See for yourself.

Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea, view, mountains

Talk about having a taxi driver and tour guide at once. It was my lucky day indeed 😉

After driving for 15 minutes and countless turns through the mountain, he stopped one more time to take a look of La Petite France from up the hill before arriving at the final destination.

Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

The very first thing I did upon getting there was to ask the clerk at the entrance how to get back Seoul. She said that there was a local bus running every hour or so. I had to keep that in mind, so I set off to explore the premises.

I will let the pictures walk you through the little village.

Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Le Petit Prince, Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Le Petit Prince, Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Le Petit Prince, Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Le Petit Prince, Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Le Petit Prince, Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Le Petit Prince, Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Le Petit Prince, Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Bistro, Le Petit Prince, Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Le Petit Prince, Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Le Petit Prince, Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Le Petit Prince, Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

There is even an observatory from where you can admire the village and also Mt Homyeongsan and Lake Cheongpyeong.

Le Petit Prince, Petite France, Village, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

I must say that I was surprised to see that such a place exists in Korea. If you are really interested in French literature, movies and culture, like I am (I’m a French translator by profession and have studied for many years) and if like the Little Prince, you will find it quite interesting! I think an hour or two is enough to visit most of it.

Sadly, I had to leave and make my way back home. So I got on the local bus, arrived at the bus terminal and hopped on an express bus to Seoul. I was also in for a rare treat. From my bus seat I could admire the sunset. Have a look at this priceless image!

Sunset, Seoul, South Korea, view, travel

I certainly had a great time and I cannot wait for the next adventure which should be this coming week-end.

I think I just set my own personal record of the number of photos in one single post. Is there such thing as too many pics? Not for a photographer like me 🙂

Until then, take good care and hope to read from you!

Lots of ♥ always,

Kay

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47 thoughts on “Petite France, South Korea

    • travellersoul76 says:

      Thanks for stopping by bella! Yes it was quite a nice discovery and I am glad I got the chance to travel there. For a moment I forgot I was in Korea but really in some little French village 😉

      Talk to you soon! *hugs*

    • travellersoul76 says:

      Thank you Pola! Glad you liked it!

      Living there for 2 years I would have never guess it either!

      But yes it does exist and I am so glad I went on quite an adventure that day.

      My cab driver was just awesome, I think he was God-sent because he was all happy to have a foreign passenger (only a crazy adventurer who is willing to go out there and explore!)

      I had so much fun stopping in certain areas where the views were spectacular and once we got there I was kind of sad to say good bye!

      Silly me, I didn’t even ask his name but then again the memories will stay with me forever 😉

    • travellersoul76 says:

      Thank you! That’s too bad you didn’t know about it.

      It is not that far from Seoul and is a fun day trip 😉 I loved it!

      I’m a big believer in synchronicities, so I think that everything lined up just nicely for me.

      It was like going to another continent 😉

      Hope you enjoyed your stay in Korea.

      Whereabouts are you now?

      Thank you for stopping by. Happy travels!

      K 😉

    • travellersoul76 says:

      I’m glad you liked it!

      I actually read about it on the Korean Tourism Organization book they gave me when I arrived at my new school and I planned my weekly trips based on their recommendations 😉

      It is only an hour away from Seoul and quite worth the trip!

      Thanks for stopping by 😉

  1. fgassette says:

    Thanks for taking us on your trip. Your photos are very inspiring of this wonderful village.

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

    • travellersoul76 says:

      Ha ha yes it’s almost a secret location 😉

      I’m quite adventurous, so I am always on the lookout for a challenge!

      This was so beautiful that I kept snapping away even if it was about to pour down.

      Thank you for your visit 😉

  2. turnipseedtravel says:

    This place kind of reminds me of MontTremblant for some reason! It’s always nice to have a cultural departure when you’re traveling. I had some amazing Chinese food in Africa- I’m guessing if I were to eat it again today, I’d just find it average, but at the time it was such a welcome departure from the usual chicken, fish, and rice I was eating everyday. Lemon! Ginger! Soy Sauce! I was in heaven!

    • traveller soul says:

      Wow sounds like quite an experience 😉

      Yes sometimes when you are in a certain place you have cravings and if you satisfy your hunger, you’re more than happy!

      Thank you for visiting 😉

    • traveller soul says:

      Thank you so much!

      I’m happy you liked it.

      Indeed I totally agree with you. The best adventures happen when you least expect it and they turn out much better than you could ever think of 😉

  3. Yenny Lee says:

    Taking so many photos when you’re in South Korea is totally understandable! It’s impossible to get contented with just one shot when you’re in such beautiful area!

    I’m glad that you visited La Petite France in Gapyeong! If you watched A Gentleman’s Dignity, this is where they shoot one scene! It’s one of the prides of Gyeonggi Province, and looks best during Springtime because the nature is in full bloom! The colors of the flowers will really remind you of Provence. If only there’s a lavender field there…

    And I wish you stayed there at night. When the skies turn dark, colorful lights lit up the whole place, and there’s even this area there where couples can walk through a shaped-heart tunnel lit with pink lights.

    If you’re going back to Gapyeong, I suggest that you take the chance to go around the province. La Petite France is just one place you’ll appreciate. There are lots of Botanical Gardens there, which will surely impress you. I suggest the Plantation and the BCJ Garden. You may also want to visit the English Village in Yangpyeong, the setting of Boys Over Flowers. ^^

    I said too much! :))

    • traveller soul says:

      Kamsa Hamnida for all the advice Yenny!

      Wow, looks like I only saw a fraction of the area right?

      I would have loved staying longer and overnight as you suggested but I was limited with my time.

      At least I had the courage to go on an adventure 😉

      I can’t wait to return to Korea and explore some more.

      Thank you for taking the time to write and for your visit!

      Kay

  4. lesle says:

    Hi, Karla,
    I’m in the US and watch kdramas. I’ve seen what I now know is Petite France in “Beethoven Virus” and in “My Love From The Star.” I ended up finding your post about it. Thank you for the information and the photos.

    In My Love From The Star you can see Petit France on Viki beginning at 42:53 here:
    http://www.viki.com/videos/1031154v-my-love-from-the-star-episode-15
    FYI: http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/02/06/2014020600585.html

    Petit France is in multiple episodes of Beethoven Virus.

    • traveller soul says:

      Hi Lesle!

      Thank you for stopping by.

      That is great to read that you love watching Kdramas, i did watch a few while I was there even though I understood just a bit 😉

      Oh I just watched the 1st link & yes indeed they filmed it at Petite France.

      It really is charming and beautiful setting for a movie, photo shot or just spend the day. I am so happy I found it!

      Thank you for sharing that with us.

      All the best

      K 🙂

    • traveller soul says:

      That was completely unexpected and LOVED going on a little adventure from the train station all the way to the village 🙂

      Yes, I have also heard about that one in Strasbourg but I am not sure if they highlight The Little Prince as they do in Korea. It is gorgeous nevertheless!

      I did not go into the bistro as it was closed but I did get the chance to sit down at a charming little café on site, ordered waffles and of course un café au lait 😉

      That was one of the most fun day trips I took during the year I lived and work there 🙂

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