Although Petite France Village and Nami Island are known as some of the most popular travel destinations in Korea, it’s not easy to get around these places when you actually want to visit, especially if you are a foreign traveler without a vehicle to move around freely.
One of the best and the most convenient ways to reach these places is to sign up for a tour available out there. These tours include a round-trip transportation and admission tickets together, which makes your trip easy and hassle-free.Read this travel review written by one of Trazy’s fans who visited Petite France and Nami Island through our awesome tour!
I joined this one-day tour on Trazy.com to visit two of my favorite destinations in Korea, Nami Island and Petite France.
There are 3 different options for departure: Hongik University Station, Myeongdong station and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station.
It took me about 90 mins from Seoul to Petite France Village with the shuttle bus.On the way to the main gate of the Petite France, I could see the map of the whole village.You can get a map (Korean, English, Chinese and Taiwanese) here at the ticket booth. It’s better to get this map to look around the village more efficiently.Like its name, Petite France is a small but exotic French-themed village. You can see both the small Tower Eiffel and lots of French style houses (you can also book one of the houses on the website of the Petite France to stay overnight).
And there is a nice view of Lake Cheongpyeong when you reach the right side of the village where the restaurant and cafe are located.
The main theme of Petite France comes from the famous French novel “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint Exupery. So you can see many things related to the little prince. There is also a Memorial Hall for him.
And if you like Korean drama, then it must be very interesting to look around here. Lots of famous dramas were filmed here (Beethoven Virus, Secret Garden, and My Love from the Star). There are a lot of props that were used in the dramas and also you can see real autographs of the actors and actresses.
There is also a photo zone where you can take pictures becoming Kim Su-hyun and Jeon Ji-hyun.
There are a variety of places to visit inside the village including their own exclusive theater for marionette, cafes, restaurant and outdoor places to have a cup of coffee, eat and take a rest. You can buy souvenirs related to the little prince like postcards, orgel at the gift shops.
After spending some time at Petite France, our tour group headed to Nami Island, which took about 20 minutes. When we arrived at Gapyeong Wharf, the staff gave me the ticket for the ferry.Around the wharf, there so many ‘Dakgalbi (Chicken Barbecue which is famous in Chuncheon)’ restaurants that you can try like below. On Nami Island, there are many restaurants and cafes but it’s a bit more pricey.All of us took the ferry to Nami Island which takes about 5 minutes. But you can also go to Nami Island by a zip-wire (It costs around $40).
When you get off the ferry, you can find a supermarket near the gate where you can purchase snacks and drinks.When walked a little bit more from the gate, I reached the Unicef Child-friendly Park. People were preparing for singing performance. There were rest areas so I took a seat and listened to the live performance.There are also many leisure activities like riding a bike or you can also take a small train where you can easily look around Nami Island. So I could see lots of families and couples who were enjoying the ride together.And pets are allowed on Nami Island so you can see and bring pets also. (But in the case of Petite France, pets not allowed.)Nami Island first became popular because of the famous Korean drama, “Winter Sonata (겨울연가, 2002)”. You can see the bench where Bae Yong-Joon and Choi Ji-Woo played with a snowman.
And nearby the Winter Sonata scene spot, there is a field where you can meet the famous ostrich named Ggangta.Nami Island is also known for the beautiful Metasequoia Road. You can just walk here releasing stress. Also, there are many small and big museums so you can wander around wherever you want. There’s also a camping site and shower facility.Overall, I think this is a great tour for people who want to escape from the busy city life for a day and take a rest in the suburb of Seoul.
The most convenient part was the fact that I did not have to think about the transportation to get to Petite France and Nami Island and go through a hassle of buying the tickets at every point!
And you can also freely talk and make new friends with other participants on board and enjoy the tour together as well. 😉
Travel review written by Yoonhee C.