Last weekend our visit to Petite France was successful and the beauty of the place helped to forget our 2.30 hours journey by bus while pushing the traffic all the time. In fact we liked the place Gyeonggi-do,Gapyeong-gun so much that we could not wait to go back to green mountains once again this weekend. But with our new strategy to avoid traffic 1. we picked sunday (also last day of Summer & vacation) 2. Leave early! and we got on the bus right on time from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. In less then an hour we it made to Cheongpyeong! Well it was a good thing, but the sun was high in the sky and I barely got any sky included in the shots!
From Cheongpyeong bus terminal we took the bus for Garden of Morning Calm for 30 mins and we have finally seen the most beautiful Garden/park in Korea. May be because of the location, may be because of the green mountain surrounding the whole place it really seemed like a picture, a fairly tale. The Garden of Morning Calm is located in the mountains of Chungnyeong-san in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi Province. The landscape of the privately owned garden was planned by a professor of floriculture and looks like a picture out of a fairytale. In 1996 it was voted as one of the top 50 tourist attractions of Korea by CNN. The 8.5-acre (35, 000 sq. m.) garden was planned in detail to cater to over 5, 000 species of plants and flowers that are grown locally in the Chungnyeong-san mountains as well as experimental plants and flowers, preserved rare plants, and introduction plants. All the plants and flowers form over 20 different gardens with different themes that lead to various hiking trails.
Now the Garden has its own look in different season and month during the whole year, I have seen and showing you a summer view but in autumn the colors of this place will drag me there for sure and also in winter specially for lighting festival garden is expecting a lot of visitors. The Garden is equipped with Korea Restaurant, Coffee shop, Convenient store etc.
* Spring: Spring Garden Festival
* Summer: Festival of Roses, Hydrangea and Roses of Sharon
* Autumn: Festival of Chrysanthemums and Autumnal Tints
* Winter: Lighting Festival
Adults: 9000won ($9)
Children: 6000won ($6)
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal or Sangbong Bus Terminal. Take an intercity bus to Cheongpyeong (청평).From Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal, take a local bus bound for Garden of Morning Calm. (The Bus has specific times to start) Taxi will cost you 16000won to 18000won($16~$18).
Home of Le Petit Prince in Gapyeong-gun, (Gyeonggi-do, Korea) is another amazing place to visit in weekend as its just 1 hour drive from Seoul. Because the place is so popular mainly because of Korean drama’s location, traffic in weekends can easily add 1 more extra hour.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 place is amazingly beautiful and the architecture will take you to a land of fairytale ofPetite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’ With good enough transportation its ok to spend a half a day there and return home, also they have pensions and hotels inside Petite France and you can spend the night over there with a real French environment.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal or Sangbong Bus Terminal. Take an intercity bus to Cheongpyeong (청평).From Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal, take a local bus bound for Petite France. (The Bus has specific times to start) Taxi will cost you 16000won to 18000won($16~$18).
By subway: Go to Cheongpyeong Station (청평) either itx/normal subway. From there take Bus to Petite France.
Cheongpyeong (청평) is a popular place just outside Seoul because its connecting a lot of destination like Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, Namisom etc. also hundreds of water resorts and parks. Hotels and Korean restaurants are available near bus terminal.
Watch my Seoul Timelapse (Splendid Korea)!
I took a break not only from my blog, but from my life in Korea as well and went off to see new culture, people, country. Though went for break it was never one, because in 11 days Visited 2 new countries and seen a lot new places and tried amazing new foods! I do love to travel without a great planning, contract and all these, I just blend in to local transportation system and love to walk around for hours. Here I am sharing some pictures I took of my Favorite place in #KualaLumpur #Malaysia.