During my most recent trip to Seoul with my family, I suggested we visit Petite France. I thought it was a little village that happened to resemble French villages but nope, it was actually a theme park!
So first things first, let’s talk about how to get there:
Sidenote: I’m heavily relying on Google and the photos I have for reference since I didn’t take notes
(which I probably should’ve done) during our transit…
OK here we go.
- Our starting point was at Gangnam Station. So from there, purchase a ticket for Gapyeong Station.
- Right across the Gapyeong Station is the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal / East Seoul Bus Terminal.
- Purchase a bus ticket heading to Cheongpyeong Terminal.
- From Cheongpyeong Terminal, get on the the local bus bound for Goseong-ri to arrive at Petite France.
- The bus stops directly at Petite France.
That’s the route we took! It was a pretty long commute but it was worth it. 😉
Let’s go back in time, pretend it’s October 30th, 2017, and I’m writing about my day in Petite France.
As per usual, my 7-hour slumber was still not enough, and the fact that it was so gloomy that morning in Seoul made it even harder to get moving. Still, I forced myself to get in the shower and start getting ready for the day.
My sisters and I headed out of the hotel at 11AM to meet up with the rest of our family in Starbucks. They had been enjoying their coffees and pastries for the past hour, and we decided to purchase a quick breakfast to fuel us for the day, before beginning our transit to Petite France.
The entire trip to the place was comfortable. We had nice seats on the subway and on the bus, and in addition to that, we were always greeted by picturesque landscapes showcasing autumn colours.
It was already late in the afternoon when we got to the theme park, and purchasing tickets was hassle-free. (KRW 6,000 for adults; KRW 4,000 for teenagers and children). Arriving at that time had a huge con to it — we weren’t able to take our time with each attraction, since closing time was approaching fast.
Petite France is pretty much based on The Little Prince and features French villages. It also showcases a few other European cities.
Flea market — officially for display purposes only
Petite France wouldn’t be complete without the Tour Eiffel
After 10 minutes of walking around the park, (and after our transit…) we got hungry. We quickly found the restaurant.
It was actually just a food stall and there were picnic tables right outside. The best part of it all was the view.
The cold was pretty bearable, thanks to the afternoon sun.
A small museum featuring The Little Prince and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Sunset and the autumn colours while waiting for the bus. SO BEAUTIFUL.
We spent a total of 3-4 hours at the theme park, and yes it was still worth it! (Though it would’ve been much better if we had arrived earlier). The only downside though is the long commute but since Seoul’s public transportation is basically A+, it was not a problem at all. Anyway, I honestly enjoyed visiting Petite France, and I’m thinking about visiting again to see the place without rushing.