Monday, January 9, 2017

Bon Petite France

Good morning!!!

I'm back with another tale from our next stop of our day two South Korea tour, the magnifique Petite France.

Petite France is a French culture village that was constructed in July 2008 at Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. It is actually a gallery that features 16 French-style buildings, exhibits and perfomances where you can experience the breath of Europe.

The little France in Korea is also a well-know location for top-rating Korean dramas like Secret Garden and the recently shown My Love From Another Star and some other variety shows so it became more popular over the years.

Upon paying for the tickets, maps are handed out and you can explore the exquisite village at your own convenience in a given period of time. The exteriors of the village are sooo "marveilleux" that tourists immediately snapped photos of everything. One location topped the most of pictures taken; the spot where My Love From Another Star, Do Min Joon confessed his love for Cheon Song-yi.

The exact place where Cheon Song-Yi flew to Do Min Joon's arms for their first kiss has a glass ledge where tourists can simulate the famous scene hahaha.

As soon as people cleared out the spot, I took the ledge and had a few snaps of myself  of course hihihi and proceeded to check out the rest of the place after.

We only looked into the highlights and a few attractions though since it was already gettin dark, really really chilly and some shops or buildings were closed.  Yep, it was already snowing in the place and the cold weather was too much to handle outdoor especially in the late afternoon.

Lol my first and I'm thrilled
Let me just do a quick run down of the things that could be seen inside Petite France coz there are a lot to explore.  

So let's begin...
1. Entrance - ticket office

2. European Doll House
It is decorated with 300 dolls from European Medieval times. 

3. Fountain Square

4. Store

5. Gift Shop

6. Saint Exupery Memorial Hall
This hall is dedicated to Saint Exupery , his life and his various works.

7. Art Experience Room

8. Propose Room / The bell tower of love

9. Marionette House

10. Antiques Flea Market "Antika"
Saint Quen flea market is patterned under the top 3 flea markets in France where various antiques are displayed and sold.

11. Amphitheater
This is where Marionette Dance performances are being held.

12. Petite Event Hall

13. Traditional French Game House 1

14. Traditional French Gamehouse 2

15. Beethoven Virus Filmig Site

16. Maestro Gang Cafe

17. Outdoor Cafe

18. Petite Terrace
You can have a view of the picturesque river and snow-kissed mountains!

19. Observatory

20. Band of Fabre

21. Pond De Fabre
It is a bridge that connects Butterfly Park and an observatory which is 130 meters apart.  The beautiful scenery of the village and Cheongpyeongho Lake is overwhelmingly enchanting in this area.

22. Butterfly Park

23. Petite France Public Information Hall

24. Maison De Marie
Original upscale furnitures used by French nobles and upper class are displayed in this room.

25. Maison de Jean
Masterpieces of famous artists, porcelain dolls made by Meissen are also showcased here.

26. Petit Prince Street

27. Gallery "Quatre Saisons"

28. The experience of fairy tale dress

29. Mont Blanc Express

30. "Theatre de l'etoile"
This is a theater where local artists perform Guinol (hand puppets) and Marionettes (string puppet).

31. Maison d'Orgel
Collections of beautiful old orgels from Europe are displayed in this house.

32. Exhibition of antique porcelain

33. European style living room
This room is styled as if you are in a summer house in Europe.

34. Gallery "Coted'Azur"
Works of local artists are exhibited here with the atmosphere of southern region of France.

35. Petit Multimedia Hall

36. Etoile Park

37. Back gate

BTW, if you are an art and antique enthusiast, I suggest you skip the guided tour where schedules are very strict and limited and go freelance so you can linger and appreciate every detail of the village. 

We had some coffee and snacks at the cafe over the Petite Terrace to get warm and as much as we wanna sit at the outdoor cafe where we can get a picturesque view of the Gapyeong River, the freezing feeling was really really bothering me hahaha. My bad for not putting on some additional warm underclothing!!!

Lastly, French experience is not complete though without a picture at the replica of the famous Eiffel Tower.

I think the best time to visit the village is during spring or early autumn coz it can be quite chilly and dark on winter.  Some shops are closed during our tour and as I write this post I felt a bit of regret for immersing too much on the My Love from Another Star scene location that I took for granted some of the lovely places that I could  have explored. hahaha Oh wells, I'm planning to re-visit with family the soonest, so next time I'll have to check all the workshops and exhibits in the place.

Petite France is a haven for the enthusiasts of European culture and way of living.  
My experience was surreal that for a moment I wondered how come places so lovely like this existed. Honestly, I envy the locals for having such a beautiful country which they can enjoy any moment they want.

Till my next post again ladies... aja aja fighting!!!

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