Beyond Seoul (Part 1): Petite France & Edelweiss Swiss Theme Park

I recently mentioned in one of my previous posts that I wanted to focus more on places other than Seoul so I decided to create a 5-part series featuring must see areas beyond Korea’s capital.

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For the first part of this series, I’ll be featuring Petite France and Edelweiss Swiss Theme Park both located in Gapyeong which is about an hour drive from Seoul. The two villages are just about 20 minutes away from each other so visiting both in 1 day is very possible.

If you didn’t know, there are a lot of cultural themed villages scattered all over South Korea. From Greece, France, Switzerland, Germany and there’s even a fairytale themed one! I’ll be featuring all of these villages in my future posts.

If you haven’t already, you can read my post about the Greece-themed village in Asan HERE

Petite France

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Address: Hoban-ro, Oeseo-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (Click HERE to navigate w/ WAZE)

Fees: The admission fees varies depending on age. We paid 20,000 KRW for 2 adults. They do take foreign cards though I still recommend paying in cash.

Parking: Free parking available. Although most visitors come in tour buses, there are still plenty of *tiny* parking spaces available.

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This is probably one of the most popular themed villages in Korea since it’s gotten featured on Korean TV shows and movies a lot. I first learned about this place through one of my favorite Korean game shows back in 2014 and it’s been in my bucket list since then.

Inside, there are little houses and mini-museums you get to visit which will really make you feel like you’re in France.

A little side note, if you’re someone who’s deathly afraid of clowns, puppets and/or dolls, then this little village might just be a little too much for you. I freaked out a little when we were there but I do know some people who can’t stand them.

We only spent about an hour and a half here then made our way to Edelweiss.

Edelweiss Swiss Theme Park

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Address: 226-57 Darakjae-ro, Seorak-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (Click HERE to navigate w/ NAVER)

Fees: Admission fee also varies. But prices are similar to Petite France’s. They accept foreign cards. You also get a free drink voucher with your ticket so be sure to use it!

Parking: Free parking space available. There are plenty. Since this village isn’t as popular compared to Petite France there’s lots of space (*ahem)

The less popular sibling of Petite France since it’s not as advertised is the Swiss-themed village. Though just like Petite France, there’s mini museums all throughout the village but this one has a garden and a mini-zoo. Though I got to admit I was a little underwhelmed since there’s not much to do here except take pictures. Though I do love the fact that there’s less crowd than little France! We went on a Saturday afternoon and it was pretty empty.

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I suggest following this map to see all of the little village.

As you walk around the village, there will be houses scattered around but not necessarily for visitors to walk into since most of them are private residences!

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Grabbed our free drink on our way out.

Don’t forget to use your free drink voucher! You get 1 for every ticket you buy and all you do is walk to the coffee restaurant and show them your voucher. I got an iced americano though I probably should’ve added sugar before we left…

All in all we only spent about less than 4 hours combining the two villages and we still had plenty of time to spend for the rest of the day. We drove back to Seoul and stopped over at a mall to cool off a little and grab lunch since we were craving for an actual meal not necessarily desserts from coffee shops.

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