2 Popular Weekend Getaways Near Seoul To Visit Right Now

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winter_04“Take vacations. Go as many as places as you can. You can always make money. You can’t always make memories.”

Every season is a fabulous time for adventure when it comes to 2 popular travel destinations near Seoul, Nami Island and Petite France. So, with your beloved ones go on an excursion to these wonderful places during weekend! Takes around an hour and half by drive, FYI. ;)

1. Nami Island

남이섬 (76)Situated 63 km from Seoul in the middle of the North Han River, appears the Nami Island, or Namisum, which resembles a half-moon in shape. For more details and directions, click here.남이섬 (3)Best known as a filming location of the popular K-drama ‘Winter Sonata,’ you can understand why this island was chosen for the setting, right? :)남이섬(1)See how beautiful the island is in winter. It’s truly a winter wonderland!

But not just the winter, but every season offers a reason to visit to Nami Island.

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Along with its beautiful natural scenery that changes in colors by season, Nami Island also provides various cultural facilities and leisure activities that anybody can enjoy.남이섬 (73)So, when you’re in Nami Island, either rent a bicycle or a cart. They are the best way to enjoy the nature of the island to the fullest! ;)

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allowto_freedownload_landscape_1470Near Nami Island, there are various attractions and activities like you may want to check out as well, such as Gangchon Rail Bike, the Garden of Morning Calm, Elysian Ski Resort, and  a strawberry-picking experience at a local farm.

2. Petite France

쁘띠프랑스 (15)Near Seoul, in Gapyeong, there’s a charming little French theme cultural village called Petite France, where you can spend a great time taking photos, watch marionette and puppet performances, and many more!

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This place is also well known as the filming location of popular Korean dramas: ‘Beethoven Virus (2008)’, ‘Secret Garden (2011)’ and ‘My Love from the Stars (2014)’. Plus, a popular Korean entertainment show called ‘Running Man’ was also filmed here. For directions, click here. :)

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From Orgel House, European Doll House, Marionette Museum, Antiques Museum, to Traditional French House, there are plenty of exhibitions halls and facilities where you can feel and explore about the culture of France!

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At Petite France, you may want to step inside the ‘Saint-Exupery Memorial Hall’. This is where you can appreciate the works of Saint Exubery, the French writer of “Petite Prince” and “Night Flight”.

쁘띠프랑스 (8)Boasting beautiful scenes all year round, every season is a fabulous time for a visit!
쁘띠프랑스 (14)In winter season, you will be able to see the starry lights all around the place! So, take your lover to Petite France this weekend, it’ll be absolutely romantic! ;)marionette_4.jpgFYI, here are what you can enjoy at Petite France: Guignol Puppet Performance, Marionette Performance, Orgel Demonstration & Explanation, Supernatural Power Time of Do Minjun, and Street Musician.photo_1And various cultural experience programs as well! Ex. Plaster Art & Powder Painting, Stamp Event, Petite Photo Zone, Traditional French Games, Caricature, Petite Cloche, and Instant Digital Oil Painting. For details, click here.

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Now, here’s the easiest way for travelers to go on an excursion to Nami Island and Petite France in one day. There’s a shuttle bus package that takes you to these two places all in one day. For more details, click here. Without having to worry about transportation you can enjoy both of the most popular suburbs destinations in South Korea!

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