Petite France – A French Village In Korean Peninsula
–First thing to see at Petite France from the Entrance
–Petite France village
–Petite France village
Petite France was the another drama site that we visited. I heard the name of the drama but I haven’t watched it. The drama title in English is “My Love From Another Star” and as per my sister it was a love story of an alien and human (with that idea we can think of the story that it is fantasy drama, right?). The Korean actors who played in the drama, I am not yet familiar as well. In my country, the drama was quite famous specially for the teens and young adult. My youngest sister was the one forced me to convince to visit the place since she’s watching the drama and the site was near in Nami Island.
Since we were in the area of Gapyeong after we visited Nami Island, I agreed to visit Petite France. The name is interesting and the brochure of photo regarding the small French village seems to be unique and beautiful. From Gapyeong Wharf after we crossed the river when we left Nami island, we took a cab straight to Petite France. We took this path as we need to be back in Seoul before or exactly 7PM that day. The travel time from the wharf to the village was estimated of 30 minutes drive.
We arrived at the village and my first impression, the location has french ambiance as it showcase its colourful buildings which stand out in the area as Petite France is located at the hill-side near in Hoban-ro road at Cheongpyeong-myeon in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do province. My sister was really excited and I felt the same thing as I was in a place which first time and unique for me.
We walked to the ticket booth at the entrance and we bought tickets so we can enter the village. After we enter Petite France my sister first thing to notice is the human like stand which shows the two main character of the drama “My Love From Another Star” with the hole on its face as it serve as photo booth to replace the face of the main character(s) by the person that will stand at the back and post their face for photo shots.
As we have limited time, we tried our best that at least within an hour we see as much as we can.
Here are the following buildings and other areas we saw inside Petite France
A. Ticket Booth (Entrance)
–Snapshot from Outside of the Village
–Snapshot from Inside of the Village
The entrance of Petite France is colorful and with lively colorful, I felt that it invites people outside to come in and discover the village.
B. Europe Puppet House
C. Fountain Square
D. Orgel House
E. Puppet House
–Scenery captured at the Butterfly Park near the Accommodation Vicinity (top most area in the village)
The scenery above at the Butterfly Park was one of my favorite part in the village because I found a scenic view which is the natural beauty of Gapyeong River that made me stood there for sometime appreciating its was wonderful vista.
G. Outdoor Theatre
H. Kang MA-E Cafe
I. Beethoven Virus Film Location
–Inside Beethoven Virus Film Location
J. France Traditional Playroom
K. France Traditional House Exhibit Hall
–Inside France Traditional Exhibit Hall
M. Beethoven Virus Film Location, Outdoor Cafe and Waterworks / Medieval Costume Experience
The scenery from the Observatory was next of my favorite because of the overlooking view I had while I was there which allowed me to peek the whole village itself.
N. Petite France (Some parts of the village)
O. Antique Exhibit Hall
Q. Petit Prince Road
We did walked around the village because we wanted to see as much as we can with so little time that we had, we still bought the ticket even we knew most of the shows were finished.
Before reaching the top most area of Observatory, we have to climb a little so we got a chance to observed what the village look like from the top.
In summary, all of us enjoyed the village because of its colorful place that offered visitors with great atmosphere, fun and exciting experience. We were aware that other buildings offers a lot of things that we still haven’t seen yet but because the village is closing, we never witness other exciting stuff. As for what we had seen so far, we were already satisfied in the village. If I will be given another chance to come back to this village I will spend one day of it so I can watch other shows and see other exhibits available in the place.