Petite France is a French cultural village set in the country side province of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. It is one of the main attractions you can side trip when you visit Nami Island. It exhibits France Traditional Houses, a memorial hall, sculptures, paintings, porcelains, antiques, puppets, an Eiffel tower replica and many more. They also have performances in the mini plaza like the puppet show and Marionette Dance performance.
But the very reason we went here is due to my wife’s fangirlism of the hit Korean TV series “My Love from the Star” which starred Kim Soo-hyun and Jun Ji-hyun. Petite France is one of the shooting locations of this hit TV series.
Read on for our experience and guide to get there!
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Directions / How to get there / Ticket Fees:
You can also check our Nami Island trip here. It is our first stop in the Gapyeong circle tour bus.
- Take the subway and alight either at Yongsan station or Cheonggyanni station whichever is nearer to you.
- Once in Yongsan/Cheonggyani station, go to the ITX Cheongchun line and buy your tickets going to Gapyeong Terminal. You can either buy at the vending machine or at the ticket counter. This is what we did and there was no hassle. Just check the time of the train departure as you need to be at the train platform on the dot, else, the train will leave without you. So walk a little bit faster and don’t linger around. Lucky for us too that we were all given seats. I think it is because we went on a weekday.
As an alternative, you can also buy your tickets online at letskorail.com. We didn’t do this but let me guide you a bit. See below in italics.
Select English language, then click ‘Rail Tickets’ in the menu, then click ‘Booking Online’. Select Yongsan or Cheonggyanni in the Departure, then Gapyeong in the Arrival. For the Train, select ITX-Cheongchun.
Ticket fare from Yongsan to Gapyeong – 4800 KRW one way
Travel time from Yongsan to Gapyeong – 55 minutes
- Upon arrival in the Gapyeong Terminal, you can grab a brochure of the Gapyeong Circle tour bus at the Tourist Information Center or in the actual tour bus instead (wait for its arrival in the bus stop). The Gapyeong tour bus will take you to Petite France and other attractions as well. Click here for the timetable. A little outdated but still similar.
- Once aboard the bus, you can buy your tickets from the driver.
If you don’t want to commute and have a convenient service and tour guide with you, you can book a tour via Klook. See links below:
Petite France Entrance Fee:
8000 KRW each… But since we have discount coupons, we just paid 6000 KRW each.
Around Petite France
My wife and I have never been to France before, but our couple friends who joined us already had. We know little of French culture so what we saw was really all new to us.
The houses are really cute with beautiful pastel colors. But since the place is really just small, you will see the same houses all over again while walking around.
I think you can also stay in one of these guesthouses. Better contact someone from the Petite France administration if you’re planning to.
Arts and Antiques
You will find lots of fascinating items here in Petite France. If you love Art, old school stuffs and of course French culture, then you’ll definitely enjoy your time here.
Even though we know little of French culture, we genuinely liked the items displayed.
Here are some of them:
As a war history lover, this must be my favorite of them all.
My love from the star
As mentioned earlier, Petite France is one of the shooting locations of this hit Korean TV series. There’s no way wifey would let it pass without taking pictures.
Overall, our experience in Petite France was just ok to say the least. You can spend a minimum of 30 minutes to a maximum of 2 hours here depending on how you enjoyed the place. I think you’ll appreciate more if you love Art and French culture. We haven’t gone to the Garden of Morning Calm, but if we will choose between Petite France and the former, I think we’ll go to the Garden instead.
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