For the second part of the Beyond Seoul series, I wanted to feature Paju, a city just about an hour drive away from Seoul. This place is for you if you’re wanting to get away from the busy streets of Seoul. Since there’s quite a lot of things you can do here, I’ll be dividing this post into 2 parts.
If you’re looking to see all the themed villages here in South Korea like I am, I suggest reading my previous posts here:
We decided to take a day trip to Paju and was only able to check out 2 places since the weather did not really work in our favor. If you’re coming from Pyeongtaek like we are, the drive is about 2 hours. I would make time for traffic depending on what time you plan on starting your drive since you will drive past Seoul.
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Another French themed village just like Petite France in Gapyeong, is Provence Village. I recommend visiting both since the two are a lot different from each other. Provence Village is more of a French-themed shopping center lined with small clothing stores, cafes, flower shops and restaurants while Petite France is more of a museum type with lots of displays.
Address: 82-1 Seongdong-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (Click HERE to navigate with WAZE)
Admission Fees: FREE!
Parking: There are a lot of parking spaces available. 2,000KRW for the first hour. If you don’t have a Korean debit card, I highly suggest paying with cash instead.
We didn’t get here until 2 to 3 in the afternoon thinking we were too late to do anything but it worked out just fine. We only stayed for about an hour or so just to see what’s out here but if you’re thinking of eating at one of the cafes or restaurants expect to be spending more.
Right by the parking lot is this store carrying various items such as flowers, home decorations, and specialty soaps. I recommend checking this place out and getting a few souvenirs to take home!
Seeing all the lights decorated throughout this village, I kinda wished we would’ve arrived a little later in the afternoon just before sunset to see how amazing it would’ve looked like when lights are on!
Right on the opposite side of the parking lot just above the waterfalls is this little garden. I recommend checking this area last. There’s restaurants here too if you choose to grab lunch or dinner. The village itself doesn’t close until 10PM though I’m not too sure about the stores and restaurants individually.
Paju Premium Outlets
Address: Click HERE to navigate with WAZE
Parking: Free parking available.
Just 30 minutes away from Provence Village is Paju Premium Outlets. We decided to grab an early dinner here and walk around a little and check out the stores. This place is pretty much the same as the outlets we have back in the states. If you’re looking for a specific brand, I suggest checking their website out first.
There are also a couple of small local food vendors and food trucks lined up at the center if you’re looking to try some famous Korean snacks like ddukbokki!
If you don’t have a picture with this infamous LINE Friend character named “Ryan” yet, now’s your chance! Although he is pretty much on every LINE Friend store everywhere. If you’re looking to buy some cute stuff and souvenirs before you leave the country, this is the store for you. The store itself, though pretty small, also has a cafe if you’re looking to try it out. I personally have never tried the food but it’s definitely on my list next time I go cafe-hopping.
Part 2 in the making!
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