All You Need To Know About Petite France in South Korea

By Hooria Tahir | 28, Oct, 2022
All You Need To Know About Petite France in South Korea

As the world resumes traveling after the misfortune that was COVID-19, South Korea has been one of the most popular destinations for visiting. Petite France has become a fast and furiously enticing attraction in the country. It features unique and beautiful French-inspired buildings and artistic shows. 

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The creator of Petite France was heavily inspired by the country's historical architecture and rich culture. Hence its entire concept is dedicated to the country. If you know anything about K-dramas or are a fan, you will enjoy visiting this place.

real petite france

Inspired by La Petite France, StrasbourgImage Credit: Stefan K on Unsplash

It is no wonder that Petite France has become one of the most significant places in Korea. It is also known for being an Instragrammable hotspot, and most people who visit here plan a whole day dedicated to it. The village is colorful and extremely popular amongst locals as well as tourists.

The tiny village, located in the Gapyeong mountains, is a simple visit along with other exciting must-see locations like Nami Island or Garden Of The Morning Calm. 

petite france overlooking the mountain

Image Credit: The Soul of Seoul

You could even stop here if you want to take a break from the drive to Alpaca World. It's utterly cute, a little odd, and a lot romantic. So, if you’re a honeymoon couple looking for romantic spots, this village is the one for you!

This location was used in many famous shows, including: 

  • Beethoven Virus (2008) 
  • Secret Garden (2010) 
  • My Love From the Star (2013) 
  • Variety show - Running Man 

my love from the star

A popular scene from My Love From the Star (2013); Image Credit: Petit France Korea

Some additional attractions in Petite France village include a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the famous French novel Le Petite Prince (1943.) It also has Orgel House, which displays a 200-year-old music box playing a sweet melody for the nearby crowd. 

A French housing exhibition to showcase beautiful and historical French architecture. A gallery of sculptures and paintings of Le Coq Gaulois (Gallic rooster), which is the national symbol of France, among a variety of other galleries that give you the ultimate French experience. 


How you can get there

petit france korea

Image Credit: Visit Korea

Location: 1063 Hoban‐ro, Cheongpyeong‐myeon, Gapyeong‐gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 가평군 청평면 호반로 1063) 

Train/Bus: Take the subway or ITX to Cheongpyeong Station from Seoul. From there, exit two will lead you to a bus stop that is close by. You can board the neighborhood Gapyeong Circle Bus and travel to Petite, France. It will take the bus between 30 and 40 minutes. 

The adult fare for the Gapyeong Circle Bus is W6,000, while the kid fare is W3,000. You are free to board and exit as frequently as you like throughout the day. The bus stops at Nami Island, Jaraseom Island, Gapyeong Rail Bike, and the Garden of the Morning Calm.

Or you can take a tour. 

Take A Tour: Considering how long it takes to get from home to the station and then aboard the bus, many people choose to go on a day tour. Many businesses provide them, and you can easily combine Petite France with some stops nearby. Here are a few possibilities to consider: 

  • With only Petite France and Nami Island, Klook provides a fantastic option. But if you want to make the tour a great day out in the neighborhood, you can also choose to include Garden of the Morning Calm and Gangchon Rail Bike. View the tour schedule here.
  • Garden Of The Morning Calm in Nami Island and Petite France Get Your Guide: Visit three of Gapyeong's must-see locations in ONE day. Get Your Guide is a fantastic tour company that offers easy-going trips to get you out and about. View the Gapyeong tour details here.



There you go, folks. If you're spending time in South Korea, then go visit Petite France. We guarantee it will be a time well spent. 

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