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Friday, 4 April 2014

Petite France, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province: A small French Village which is located near to Namiseom


After travelling 10 km along the lakeside road from Cheongpyeong Dam, in the direction of Namiseom Island, Chuncheon City, Gangwon Province, you will come across a cluster of white, exotic buildings on the left-hand hillside. From its outward appearance, it would appear to be a village that belongs on the Mediterranean coast or in a pastoral area of the Piedmont Alps. 

This is Petite France, a French cultural village set in the Korean countryside! Located at 1063 Hoban-ro, Goseong-ri 616-2 beonji, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong County, Gyeonggi Province - Petite France serves as both a French cultural village and a youth training facility (Goseong Youth Training Center), and consists of 16 French-style buildings where visitors can lodge and experience French food, clothing, and household culture. 

The concept of Petite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’ The village contains a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943) and as such it is called the Little Prince theme park. It also has a gallery displaying sculptures and paintings of Le Coq Gaulois (the Gallic rooster), the national symbol of France; Orgel House where a 200-year-old music box plays a sweet melody; a shop that sells herbal and aromatic products; a souvenir shop; and many other locales where you can experience French culture. The village can accommodate up to 200 visitors with 34 guest rooms that hold four to ten people each. 

Enjoy the marionette experience and hear percussion instruments from around the world, and also enjoy soap bubble experience. You can visit this place after having your excursions in Namiseom.


P/S: Petite France in Gapyeong suits with four seasons climate in France and Korea. Do you say this place is more colder than Colmar Tropicale at Bukit Tinggi in the Malaysian State of Pahang Darul Makmur? You bet it.