Gapyeong, South Korea —
The Little Prince is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve read many years ago. I didn’t get the chance to grab a hard copy (until now) but, I was fortunate enough to borrow it from our school library when I was in high school.
The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart. —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Danny and I visited Petite France, a small French village in Gapyeong one Sunday afternoon. The image of the Little Prince is all over the place. Even Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author behind the top-selling book, has a gallery. So, if I could rename the place I’d maybe call it “The Little Prince-inspired Village”. hehe
Here are my photos: Enjoy!
For those unfamiliar with Koreans, a part of them adore the French culture so much. Whatever art, design or jewelry, there is always Eiffel tower and Bonjour present. There are even “French” bakery chains all over the country famous for their pretty and tasty cakes and baguettes.
We expected light snow that evening but suddenly, there was a heavy snowfall after awhile of roaming around the village. It was beautiful. I’ve never seen so much snow until that day. We couldn’t wait for nightfall to see the lighting festival. But fortunately, we were able to watch the traditional Czech string puppet show before leaving.
TIP: If you are planning to visit and stay for the whole day, make sure to eat a heavy meal ahead of time. There are no restaurants in the compound. Though there are a couple of small snack stores.
Address: 1063 Hoban-ro, Gapyeong-Gun, Kyunggi-do (616-2 Gosung-Ri)
Operating Hours: Daily 9:00-18:00
- Adults – ₩8,000
- Children – ₩5,000
Website: www.pfcamp.com [Korean, English, Chinese]
- Get off at Cheongpyeong Station/ Gapyeong Station (Gyeongchun Subway Line). Get on the shuttle bus for Gapyeong Tourist Attraction.
- Get off at Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeongchun Subway Line). Go to Cheongpyeong Terminal (10 minutes on foot). Get on the bus to Goseong-ri.
- Get on the bus to Cheongpyeong Terminal from Dongseoul Terminal or Sangbong Terminal. Get off at Cheongpyeong Terminal and get on the intercity bus to Goseong-ri.