Petite France in Korea: Travel Guide

Petite France in Korea: Travel Guide

30 Jun 2020

Posted by Mikaela

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Petite France is a French Culture Village (theme park) in South Korea, often visited alongside Nami Island and Garden of the Morning Calm. Enjoy The Little Prince (written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) themed village, where you could relive your childhood memories and forget about adulthood for a day.

It is at Gapyeong County where you’ll experience a European vibe in the countryside of South Korea while enjoying the mountainous view as you walk around the village.

Take a glimpse of Europe with every nook of this colorful village through antiques, traditional French houses, European dolls, museums, marionette plays, and more. Here’s a travel guide to exploring Petite France as a day trip from Seoul.

Gapyeong County

Colorful French houses in Petite France in Korea

Gapyeong County is 55 kilometers from Seoul, and is at Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. The county offers a nature-filled environment, a pleasant view of the mountainous province of Gangwon, and the Han River.

Petite France in Korea

Petite France (쁘띠프랑스) is a good stop-over attraction when visiting the Chuncheon area and Gangwon Province. It is a common day trip destination when visiting the Nami Island, Garden of the Morning Calm, Gapyeong Rail Park, Cheongpyeong Lake, and Edelweiss Park.

The mini French culture village features a child-like environment that will make you reminiscent of your favorite storybooks like The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

View of the mouontains and Petite France in Korea

Facts

  • It is located at Gapyeong County, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • 55 kilometers away from Seoul and 30 min drive from Nami Island
  • Petite France is the only organization that earned an international license agreement with Saint Exupery Foundation in France
  • It takes one to two hours to see the whole park
  • Offers a Marionette dance performance and Orgel music demonstration that originated 200 years ago

Transportation

The following are modes of transportation when visiting Petite France in Korea.

Address: 1063 Hoban-ro, Gapyeong-gu, Gyeonggi-do (616-2 Gosung-ri)

Subway

There are three methods you can choose from when taking the subway to Petite France.

  1. Take the subway and get off at Cheongpyeong Station or Gapyeong Station (Gongchun Subway Line)
  2. Ride the shuttle bus for Gapyeong Tourist Attraction
  1. Take the subway and get off at Cheongpyeong Station (Gongchun Subway Line)
  2. Walk towards Cheongpyeong Terminal (10 min. on foot)
  3. Take the inter-city bus to Gosung-ri
  1. Take the ITX and get off at Cheongpyeong Station
  2. Ride the shuttle bus for Gapyeong Tourist Attraction

Gapyeong Tourist Attraction Shuttle Bus

Gapyeong County has designated shuttle busses for tourists visiting the area.

Fare: ₩6,000 (adult) / ₩4,000 (child, discounted, seniors)

          Free (child below 3 years old)

Click here for the schedule, route and other information.

Bus

  • Take the bus to Cheongpyeong Terminal from Dongseoul Terminal or Sangbong Terminal.
  • Get off at Cheongpyeong Terminal and get on the intercity bus to Goseong-ri.

Car

  • Use the navigation system

Search name: Petite France (616-2 Gosung-ri)

Location: 1063 Hoban-ro, Gapyeong-gu, Gyeonggi-do

  • From Seoul

Seoul-Chuncheon Highway

Seoul Olympic Road (to Misari) » Seoul-Chuncheon Highway » Hwado IC » To Chuncheon/Cheongpyeong » Daeseong-ri » Petit France, 10km from the entrance of Cheongpyeong Dam to Goseong-ri and Homyeong-ri (50 minutes from Seoul).

Klook Tour Package

Enjoy a hassle-free experience by availing Petite France and the Nami Island package.

Pickup points:

  • Hongik University Station, Exit 4
  • Myeongdong Station
  • Dongdaemun Culture and History Plaza

For expenses and other Klook details and itinerary, please read my comprehensive travel guide in Seoul, South Korea.

READ MORESEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: COMPLETE TRAVEL GUIDE & ITINERARY

For day trips from Seoul, you may visit the Nami Island located at Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, South Korea (30 min from Petite France.)

READ MORE: NAMI ISLAND (NAMINARA REPUBLIC) TRAVEL GUIDE

General Information

Picture of The Little Prince in Petite France, South Korea

Operation hours: 9 am – 6 pm (no holidays)

Last admission will be one hour before closing. It is open all year.

Admission Fee: ₩10,000 (adults) / ₩8,000 (teens & discounts) / ₩6,000 (children)

Parking: Free. There is a parking lot at the rear entrance area.

Contact: 031-584-8200 or visit pfcamp.com

Activities

Petite France focuses on giving their visitors a cultural experience. They have a decent amount of activities you could try during your visit on the theme park. This includes museums, traditional French houses, and French performance.

Saint Exupery’s Memorial Hall

Antoine de Saint Exupery memorial hall

“Antika” Antiques Flea Market

Antique Flea Market in Petite France Korea

Maison d’Orgel

Maison de Orgel in Petite France

Marionette Performance

Marionette performance in Petite France, South Korea

Visiting Petite France in Korea is a good stop-over attraction when exploring the Chuncheon area and Gangwon Province. It’s a delightful combination with Nami Island as both attractions focuses on fantasy, nature, and channeling your inner child for a day.

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24 responses to “Petite France in Korea: Travel Guide”

  1. Kelly says:

    The Klook Tour Package sounds great to see 2 places. I would love wandering around Petit France and checking out the little shops and especially seeing the colorful buildings.

  2. Amber says:

    Beautiful and fascinating! Can’t believe this place is in S. Korea!

  3. Karen says:

    Oh my gosh, I love the Little Prince! It would be amazing to relive the book in Korea of all places. Thanks for a wonderful guide to a beautiful and whimsical place.

  4. Josy A says:

    I love seeing this kind of thing. It is always really interesting to see a country with a totally different culture create a version of another country! I visited an “England” in Japan, and it was lovely (although not that similar to England!!)

    This petite France looks really cute. 🙂

  5. Suvarna Arora says:

    Oh, it’s very pretty and fascinating that You can find a corner of France in Korea.

  6. Parita says:

    Damn the photos are so beautiful! They make me want to visit S.Korea now!

  7. Cosette says:

    Oh, I would like to visit the Petit Prince village. It looks lovely.

  8. Kelli says:

    Sounds like a unique location! We will definitely add this to our list for South Korea!

  9. Alex says:

    I had never heard of Petit France before but this place looks so intriguing! The more I hear about South Korea, the more I want to visit 😍

  10. Anna says:

    Wow, I’d never heard of Petite France in Korea before, how amazing!!

  11. Jiayi Wang says:

    This place looks so colorful and charming, I never even knew it existed despite going to Korea twice! Will definitely need to stop by next time 🙂

    • Mikaela says:

      I agree! Wow, you’ve been to South Korea twice. This proves that this country has a lot to offer and every visit will give you lots of memorable experience 🙂 I wanna hear your travel stories too!

  12. Léa says:

    I had absolutely no idea this place existed, thanks for sharing Mikaela! It is such a charming one, and I always love to see my country represented abroad ahah. Definitely saving this for later xx

  13. OMG I literally thought this was in France at first! What a pastel paradise! Thank you for putting it on my radar 🙂

  14. Jasmina says:

    This place looks so pretty and charming!

  15. Lauren says:

    This place looks so cute! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Loise says:

    We actually planned to visit this last march 2020, but because of the pandemic our vacation to south korea was cancelled. Petite France is one of list to visit once I got to Korea. This place is definitely beautiful!

    • Mikaela says:

      Let’s hope that we could travel soon, so you could visit South Korea! You’ll love it there, plus going on a day trip from Seoul is a must. Can’t wait to hear your travel story soon.

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