As you drive along the quiet drive course bordering the Bukhangang River, it is easy to forget the stress of daily life. The river sparkles and shines in the bright sunlight, and all your worries seem far away.
Gapyeong is located in the border of Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do Provinces. Along the river in Gapyeong is Petite France, a theme park reminiscent of a pastoral village in the southeast of France. It is located against the backdrop of beautiful Mount Homyeongsan and Cheongpyeong Lake. After visiting Petite France, go to The Garden of the Morning Calm. The garden is an arboretum of about 5,000 species of plants. Replenish your mind and body while you enjoy beautiful flowers and trees, bird song, and seasonal flower festivals.
Gapyeong Recommended Course
Seoul → Petite France →
→ The Garden of Morning Calm
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.
Regular performances Petite France organizes regular performances every season. These include the Magic Mime performance and the Marionette performances held at the outdoor amphitheater, the French puppet show Guignol held at the Small Theater, and the performance of a music box that is more than a hundred years old at the Orgel House. The French Film Festival organized every year features unique French movies.
Exhibitions 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.
Rest areas and accommodation Petite France features a cafe, Korean restaurant, and Western restaurant with views. There is also a snack shop for visitors’ convenience. Accommodation is available at the guesthouse, which looks like it just waltzed out of a fairy tale.
Address: Gyeonggi-do Gapyeong-gun Cheongpyeong-myeon Goseong-ri 616-2
Hours: 09:00 – 18:00, admission is available until 17:00 (Open 365 days a year)
Fees: Adults (ages over 19) 8,000 won, Youths (ages 13-19) 6,000won, Children (ages 36 months – 13 years) 5,000 won
Transportation: Seoul → Petite France
1) Subway: take the Gyeongchun Line Subway from Sangbong Station to Cheongpyeong Station → 10 min walk to Cheongpyeong Terminal →
take a city bus headed for Goseong-ri (고성리) and get off at Petite France Bus Stop.
2) Intercity Bus: take a bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Cheongpyeong Terminal
→ take a city bus headed for Goseong-ri (고성리) and get off at Petite France Bus Stop.
Tel: +82-31-584-8200 (Korean)
Nearby attractions: Namiseom Island,
Cheongpyeong Lake bustles with people enjoying water sports in the summer and those viewing the beautiful autumnal leaves of Mount Homyeongsan in the fall. The driving course along the lake is a popular dating attraction enjoyed by young couples. The restaurants by the lake offer hot and spicy stews of freshwater fish as well as chewy eel dishes.
Address: Gyeonggi-do Gapyeong-gun Seorak-myeon Yumyeong-ro 1906-15
Transportation: Seoul → Cheongpyeong Lake
1) Subway: take the Gyeongchun Line Subway from Sangbong Station to Cheongpyeong Station → 10 min walk to Cheongpyeong Terminal → take a city bus headed for Goseong-ri (고성리) and get off at Yangjin Village (양진마을) bus stop.
2) Intercity Bus: take a bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Cheongpyeong Terminal → take a city bus headed for Goseong-ri (고성리) and get off at Yangjin Village (양진마을) bus stop.
The Garden of Morning Calm
The Garden of Morning Calm is an attractive arboretum situated on Mount Chungnyeongsan. It features approximately 5,000 species of flower and trees.
Recommended gardens The Hometown Garden next to the entrance contains a replica of a thatched-roofed house and ceramic jars used by commoners in the past. Past the Morning Plaza’s open views and green grass, one comes to Hagyeong Garden, which offers a unique beauty in every season. Also recommended are the Korean Garden and the Sky Road, lined with tulips and other flowers.
Rest areas The Garden of Morning Calm features a Korean restaurant and a number of other restaurants, snack shops, and stores selling herbs and jasmine plants. Also available are rentals of baby carriages for infants 36 months or less, and a nursing room. The wild flower exhibition hall and photo exhibition hall are great for observing plants up close.
Festivals The Garden of Morning Calm hosts festivals every season. The Spring Garden Festival highlights daffodils and other spring flowers. The summer festival celebrates roses, hydrangea, and the rose of Sharon. In the fall, the festival focuses on the national flower and autumnal leaves. The winter Lighting Festival features three million lights decorating the winter garden.
The Garden of Morning Calm
Address: Gyeonggi-do Gapyeong-gun Sang-myeon Haenghyeon-ri San 255
Hours: 08:30 - Sunset (Open 365 days a year)
Fees: (April - November)
Adults (ages over 19) 7,000 won, Youths (ages 13-19) 5,000 won, Children (ages 4-13) 4,000 won
* Adult admission fee is 8,000 won from Friday to Sunday and national holidays.
* 1,000 won discount during the winter season (December – March)
Transportation: Seoul → The Garden of Morning Calm
1) Subway: take the Gyeongchun Line Subway from Sangbong Station to Cheongpyeong Station → 10 min walk to Cheongpyeong Terminal → take a city bus headed for The Garden of Morning Calm and get off at The Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원).
2) Intercity Bus: take a bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Cheongpyeong Terminal → take a city bus headed for The Garden of Morning Calm and get off at The Garden of Morning Calm (아침고요수목원) bus stop.
Tel: +82-1544-6703 (Korean)
Homepage: www.morningcalm.co.kr (Korean, English）
Nearby attractions: Cheongpyeong Recreational Forest,
Bears Town Resort
☞ Gapyeong Attractions: www.gptour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Accommodations: www.gptour.go.kr
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Gapyeong Attractions Circle Bus (8 times a day)
Gapyeong Terminal (가평터미널)
↔ Jaraseom Island (자라섬)
↔ Gapyeong Station (가평역) ↔ Namiseom Island (남이섬) ↔
Petite France (쁘띠프랑스) ↔
Cheongpyeong Terminal (청평터미널)
↔ Cheongpyeong Station (청평역) ↔ The Garden of Morning Calm
☞ Fare: Adults (ages over 19) 5,000 won, Children (ages 3-19) 3,000 won
* Buy the bus ticket from bus driver. Visitor can freely get on and off the bus as many times as they want by showing their ticket.
* Take a bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Gapyeong Bus Terminal.
☞ See the time table here
☞ 1330 tt call center: +82-31-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
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