Petit France (쁘띠 프랑스)

Randomly in the middle of the gorgeous nowhere of Korea is a homage to one of my favorite books: Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince).

The view of Petit France from the observation deck. 

It took about two hours to get to this little kitschy town, but the view was absolutely gorgeous. I would just take the train again to see how far into the lush green mountains it goes.

But when I got to Petit France, I felt a little underwhelmed. There was cool stuff there but you could tell the creators were scrambling for stuff to fill the space. And it has a massive Epcot feel. It really is Korea’s version of Epcot France.

There is a marionett theater, traditional French residence, an orgel house (an orgel is a music box), a set from a Korean drama called Beethoven Virus and the Saint-Exupery Memorial Hall among restaurants, shops and guesthouses.

The Saint-Exupery Memorial Hall is the only thing that has anything to do with the famous children’s book. The bottom floor tells about the author,  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, but it’s completely in Korean. The top second floor shows sketches and notes from Le Petit Prince. The info on this stuff is also in Korean (and the actual writing is in French), but it was cool to see all the different characters in the phases of Saint-Exupéry’s mindset.

The second floor of the Saint-Exupery Memorial Hall. 

I had fun but the odds of me going back or recommending this as place to go is slim to none.

First, it is a bit of a pain to get to. There is a bus posted that goes to Petit France, but that bus doesn’t seem to exist anymore. So you have to walk into the town of Cheongpyeong and find the bus stop (I followed a Korean couple like some stray dog) to get to Petit France.

Then, unless you are a die-hard fan of the book (like me) or France, there isn’t a lot to captivate interest. And there are a lot of kids running amok.

But for about $8 bucks, you might still want to check it out — even just for the amazing view.

Cheers!

— Sara

More photos on my facebook page later today!

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About Sara Pintilie

A journalist being curious in her own state of Texas. Huzzah!
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