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

South Korea is a country brimming with natural beauty, vibrant culture, and unique attractions. Among these, Nami Island and Petite France stand out as must-visit destinations for tourists and locals alike. This insider’s guide will take you through everything you need to know to make the most of your visit to these enchanting spots.

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Nami Island

  1. Best Time to Visit
  2. What to Expect in Nami Island in Each Season

Petite France

  1. Best Time to Visit
  2. Must-Visit Spots in Petite France
  3. Italian Village: A Must-Go Attraction with Petite France

How to Get to Petite France from Nami Island


Nami Island (Namiseom)

  • Address: 1 Namiseom-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (Kakao Map)


Nami Island, or Namiseom, is a crescent-shaped island located in the city of Chuncheon. It’s famous for its picturesque tree-lined avenues, beautiful landscapes, and cultural attractions. Known for its appearance in the popular Korean drama “Winter Sonata,” the island offers a romantic and serene getaway.

1. Best Time to Visit

Nami Island is beautiful year-round. Visit in spring for cherry blossoms, summer for lush greenery, autumn for colorful foliage, and winter for a snowy wonderland.

2. What to Expect in Nami Island in Each Season

Spring on Nami Island is a time of renewal and vibrant colors. The island comes alive with blooming flowers, making it one of the most popular seasons to visit. The island is adorned with cherry blossoms, especially along the cherry tree lanes, creating a magical pink canopy! The weather is pleasantly mild, perfect for strolling and outdoor activities.

Summer on Nami Island is lush and green, with the island covered in lush greenery. It’s a great time for outdoor activities and enjoying the natural beauty! The island’s forests and gardens are at their greenest, providing a cool and refreshing environment. Warm weather makes it ideal for water activities and exploring the island’s natural features.

Autumn is perhaps the most beautiful season on Nami Island. The foliage transforms into a stunning array of reds, oranges, and yellows. The island’s trees, including the famous Metasequoia Lane and Ginkgo Tree Lane, turn vibrant colors, offering breathtaking views. The weather is cool and crisp, ideal for long walks and outdoor activities!

Winter on Nami Island is a serene and magical time, especially when the island is blanketed in snow. The landscape transforms into a winter wonderland, offering a tranquil retreat. The island’s trees and paths are often covered in snow, creating a picturesque winter scene. Engage in activities like sledding or simply enjoy the winter scenery!


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Petite France

  • Address: 1063 Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, Goseong-ri, Petite France (Kakao Map)


Located a short drive from Nami Island, Petite France is a French cultural village inspired by “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Located in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province, this quaint village offers a charming blend of French culture, architecture, and art.

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!

1. Best Time to Visit

Petite France is picturesque in all seasons. Spring and summer offer the best weather for exploring, while winter provides a cozy, festive atmosphere with holiday decorations.

2. Must-Visit Spots in Petite France

1) Orgel House

The Orgel House showcases a fascinating collection of antique music boxes from around the world. Visitors can admire the intricate designs and listen to the melodious tunes of these timeless pieces. The music boxes range from small, delicate ones to large, elaborately decorated versions, each with its own unique charm.

2) French Traditional House Exhibition Hall

The French Traditional House Exhibition Hall offers a glimpse into traditional French architecture and lifestyle. The hall features a variety of exhibits that display the interior and exterior designs of French homes, complete with period furniture, decor, and household items. It’s an educational and aesthetically pleasing experience that transports visitors to a quaint French village.

3) Antique Flea Market

The Antique Flea Market is a treasure trove of vintage and antique items from France. Visitors can browse through a variety of collectibles, including old books, postcards, trinkets, and furniture. It’s an ideal spot for those who enjoy hunting for unique souvenirs and experiencing a bit of French history.

4) Maison de Marie

Maison de Marie is a beautiful gallery that displays contemporary French art and photography. The gallery hosts rotating exhibits, so there’s always something new to see. It’s a great place for art enthusiasts to appreciate French artistic expressions in a serene and intimate setting.

5) Saint-Exupéry Memorial Hall

The Saint-Exupéry Memorial Hall is dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of “The Little Prince.” It features exhibits about his life, works, and the inspirations behind his famous novella. Visitors can learn more about the author’s background and his contributions to literature and aviation.

6) Marionette Theater

The Marionette Theater hosts puppet shows featuring traditional French marionettes. These performances are entertaining for both children and adults, showcasing the art of puppetry in a fun and engaging way. The shows are scheduled throughout the day, so check the timetable upon arrival.

7) Beethoven Virus Filming Location

This spot at Petite France served as the filming location for the popular MBC drama “Beethoven Virus”. The studio where the charismatic orchestra conductor, Maestro Kang, worked on music remains unchanged from the time of filming. The production team instantly fell in love with Petite France and decided to use it as the main filming location for “Beethoven Virus” without hesitation.

8) Fountain Square

Fountain Square is a square designed with the charm of a real French street. As you ascend the narrow alley, you’ll come across this spacious square, and in the center, there’s a refreshing fountain. Around the first floor, you’ll find charmingly decorated convenience facilities, including a souvenir shop and a café.

9) Pond de Fabre

Pont de Fabre is a scenic promenade bridge spanning 130 meters, linking the Butterfly Park to the observatory. It offers a stunning vantage point where you can enjoy sweeping views of Petite France and the azure waters of Cheongpyeong Lake.

10) Etoile Park

Don’t forget to visit the Etoile Park and take in the panoramic view of Petite France along with Cheongpyeong Lake. This outdoor park features an observatory, sculptures, and shelters, all set against a backdrop of vibrant wildflowers, creating a truly picturesque landscape.

11) Outdoor Stage

 

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The outdoor stage at Petite France is one of the highlights of this charming French cultural village, offering visitors a unique experience of live performances in a picturesque setting. Located amidst the beautiful French-style architecture and lush greenery, the outdoor stage is a central hub for cultural and entertainment activities.

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3. Italian Village: Must-Go Attraction with Petite France 

  • Address: 073-56, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (Kakao Map)

 

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The Italian Village, also known as Pinocchio and Da Vinci Italian Village, is a delightful cultural theme park located in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province, Korea. It offers visitors a taste of Italy with its vibrant architecture, art, and thematic attractions inspired by Italian culture and the famous stories of Pinocchio and Leonardo da Vinci.

The Italian Village is located near other popular destinations like Petite France and Nami Island. Consider combining these attractions into a day trip for a full and enriching experience. Check out our hassle-free day trips from Seoul as below:

*Check out the Italian Village Guide Map here!


How to Get to Petite France from Nami Island


  1. Taxi: Taxis are available at Nami Island’s ferry terminal. You can ask the taxi driver to take you directly to Petite France. This is the most convenient but also the most expensive option.
  2. Bus: Board Gapyeong City Tour Bus (Gapyeong Shuttle Bus) at Gapyeong Bus Terminal. There are several courses where you can explore various attractions in Gapyeong, and you can choose a course that includes Nami Island and Petite France. The bus typically departs from Gapyeong Station. You can check the bus schedules and routes beforehand for better planning.
  3. Tours: The most hassle-free way to explore Nami Island and Petite France is by joining our 1-day tours, departing from Seoul, with an English-speaking tour guide. All entrance fees are included.

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


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  • Petite France Official Website

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