Visit Nami Island and Petite France, Korea’s popular attractions near Seoul!

Explore Nami Island and Petite France, which are some of the most popular destinations in Korea.

And what’s best, they are close enough for a day trip or weekend getaway from Seoul!

If you want to visit these places while in Korea, read on to find out what you can expect at each destination.

1. Nami Island (Namiseom)

Nami Island, a small crescent-shaped island, is a famous tourist spot near Seoul located in the city of Chuncheon.

Situated 63 km from Seoul, it takes around an hour and a half by drive from Seoul to Nami Island.

From picture-perfect tree lanes to woodlands, every spot on Nami Island serves as a fabulous backdrop for photos!

In fact, Nami Island is the setting of the hit Korean drama called “Winter Sonata.” You can find a statue depicting the characters and the iconic snowmen from “Winter Sonata” on the island. Even if you are not a K-drama fan, the island is still worth visiting. 🙂

See how beautiful Nami Island is in winter! ♥♥♥

Seriously, don’t miss the beauty of winter in Nami Island!!

The scenery of Nami Island is not only stunning in the winter, but all year round.

What to Expect in Nami Island

In spring,  the island offers gorgeous cherry blossoms throughout April.

In summer, you can enjoy taking a stroll through thick forests with lush greenery.

In the autumn, you can experience the spectacular fall foliage in Nami Island!

In winter, the white birch trees in Nami Island are absolutely stunning.

If you are visiting Nami Island, explore a few other popular spots nearby such as Gangchon Rail Park, Gapyeong Rail Bike, and the Garden of Morning Calm.

2. Petite France

Petite France is a picturesque French-themed cultural village located in Gapyeong County next to Cheongpyeong Lake. It takes about 20 minutes by car from Nami Island to Petite France. With pastel-colored French-style buildings set against beautiful mountains and a lake, Petite France gives you plenty of photo opportunities.

Famous for its stunning scenery, the village was featured in many Korean dramas, such as “Beethoven Virus,” “Personal Taste,” “Secret Garden” and “My Love from the Stars.” The popular Korean variety show, “Running Man” was filmed here as well. If you are a K-Drama fan, Petite France is a must-visit!

What to Expect in Petite France

Within Petite France, you can find galleries displaying cute marionettes, antique furniture, and more props that will please your eyes.

While in Petite France, try and drop by the Saint-Exupery Memorial Hall.

Inside the hall, you can find an exhibition dedicated to Saint-Exupery, a French author of “Le Petite Prince (The Little Prince)” and “Night Flight.”

Or watch the performance with the beautifully hand-carved marionettes and the traditional orgel (music box) demonstration.

If you truly want to soak up the French culture, get your hands on fun activities like plaster craft and traditional French games.

How to go to Nami Island and Petite France from Seoul

Since there are no direct subway or bus connections from Seoul to Nami Island or Petite France, you will have to use multiple modes of transit and make several transfers.

Even if you reach one of these spots, it can be quite difficult for you to get to the next destination without a car.

For those who wish to take all the hassle out of their trip, booking a tour can be a good option. offers various tours to Nami Island Petite France, covering your transportation and entrance fees. 😉

For those who want to make a day trip to Nami Island and Petite France, you can pre-book your tour below:

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