Sunday, January 12, 2014

Korea Travelogue Day 2: Petite France

A few kilometers from Cheongpyeong Dam in the direction of Nami Island, you'll come across a beautiful French-inspired village known as Petite France. Inspired by the novella "The Little Prince" written by French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Saint-Exupery, this quaint village contains a [licensed] memorial hall dedicated to the famous author with lots of "Little Prince" sculptures and paintings scattered throughout.

map of Petite France
It also has a gallery displaying sculptures and paintings of le coq gaulois (the Gallic rooster), the national symbol of France; Orgel House where a 200-year-old music box plays a sweet melody; a shop that sells herbal and aromatic products; a souvenir shop; and many other locales where you can experience French culture. The village can accommodate up to 200 visitors with 34 guest rooms that hold four to ten people each. (source)

Look closely! Aside from the Little Prince, can you spot the boa constrictor who swallowed the elephant? Look for that passage in the book!

the fox!
Petite France is located on the hilltop overlooking the beautiful mountain scenery of Mt. Homyeongsan. It was very windy and mighty cold! Once again, my activities were restricted because the wind was just making it so difficult to take my hands out of my pockets and snap photos. Darn.

First stop, the quaint French house:

antique Foozball!
love the headboard

The scent of churros, coffee and freshly baked bread wafted from Aunt Stella. I took shelter from the cold wind in that glass divider, and eventually purchased a one huge piece of churros for 1,500 KRW I think. This is also where I got my Little Prince coffee sleeve :)

Dad enjoying the cold and the lovely scenery :)

My sister has this unique fascination with foxes, and took snaps of everything fox-like. She says foxes remind her of her Chihuahua, Sparky (P-nut's brother). There is sort of a similarity, fur-wise.

Another area left us speechless -- an entire house filled with antique toys and collectibles!

scary marionettes
a huge clown marionette
going uphill
lovely French countryside

We were given almost 2 hours to explore Petite France and we enjoyed every bit of it. To fans of the "Little Prince", this is a must-see and you will remember certain snippets of the novella while going around the village. Remember to dress warm as it gets very, very cold and windy up here!

Related posts:

Korea Travelogue Day 1: Jogyesa Temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Insadong, and Namdaemun Ginseng Market

Korea Travelogue Day 2: Shopping at Innisfree
Korea Travelogue Day 2: Namiseom Island
Korea Travelogue Day 2: Gangnam Underground Shopping Mall
Korea Travelogue Day 3: Bau House Dog Cafe


  1. wow!!:) this is amazing and beautiful! hope i get the chance to see this like you did, Kira!:)

  2. jakieandthebeadstalkFebruary 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Never did like marionettes. They creep me out. Nice naman yung sa little prince pati yung boa constrictor! Love love the French countryside!