After travelling 10 km along the lakeside road from Cheongpyeong Dam, in the direction of Namiseom Island, you will come across a cluster of white, exotic buildings on the left-hand hillside. From its outward appearance, it would appear to be a village that belongs on the Mediterranean coast or in a pastoral area of the Piedmont Alps. This is Petite France, a French cultural village set in the Korean countryside! Petite France serves as both a French cultural village and a youth training facility (Goseong Youth Training Center), and consists of 16 French-style buildings where visitors can lodge and experience French food, clothing, and household culture.
The concept of Petite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’ The village contains a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943) and as such it is called the Little Prince theme park. 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.
Enjoy the marionette experience and hear percussion instruments from around the world, and also enjoy soap bubble experience.
Petite France, a French village where the Little Prince lives
Situated on a low hill overlooking the Cheongpyeong Lake, Petite France’s small and pretty buildings of pastel colors resemble a peaceful village in the Alps. Themed exhibition halls and Little Prince decorations warmly greet visitors. After enjoying fun mime performances, traditional French marionette plays, and a music box that is more than a hundred years old, you will soon feel like the protagonist in a romantic fairy tale.
The Housing Exhibition Hall is a relocated French residence that is between 150 years and 200 years old. Antique wooden furniture and living wares are on display to help visitors better understand French culture. To the right of the hall is a gallery with European ceramic dolls, antique goods, and marionettes. The Saint-Exupéry Memorial Hall highlights the life, works, and characters of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of The Little Prince. The filming location of the Korean drama Beethoven Virus is also located at Petite France.
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Some of the places showed in this tv show have become very famous. This phenomenon is not happening for the first time in Korea, since there were a lot of super popular Korean Drama tv shows before. It seems the next hot tourist attraction for a huge fan of this show is Petite France. It’s the spot main characters could make sure of love to each other. The beautiful scene they made here couldn’t have made without these unbelievably beautiful French village in Korea.