Nami Island & Petite France
Namiseom Island was formed as a result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam. It is a half moon-shaped isle, and on it is the grave of General Nami, who led a great victory against the rebels in the 13th year of the 7th king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Sejo (reign 1455-1468).
Namiseom Island is 63 km away from Seoul in the direction of Chuncheon, and is famous for its beautiful tree lined roads. The island is 30 minutes away from Chuncheon and an hour away from the suburbs of Seoul. Since it is not far from Seoul, many couples and families come to visit.
A special feature of Namiseom Island is that there are no telephone poles. This is because all electric wires were built underground to keep the natural feeling of the landscape. The island is 553,560 square yards with chestnut trees and poplar trees throughout.
In the middle of the isle, there is a grass field about 316,320 square yards. It is composed of education and training facilities and camping sites. The island also has a swimming pool and water-sports facilities for motorboats and water skiing, as well as a theme park with a merry-go-round, shooting range, roller skating rink. Lodging facilities such as resort villas and bungalows are available for visitors to stay on the island.
Dak galbi, also romanized dalk galbi, is a popular Korean dish generally made by stir-frying marinated diced chicken in a gochujang (chili pepper paste) based sauce, and sliced cabbage, sweet potato, scallions, onions, perilla leaves, and tteok (rice cake) together on a hot plate. It is a local specialty food for the city of Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, where dak galbi originates. Because of its origin, the dish is also called Chunchŏn dak galbi.
It is said that dak galbi appeared after the late 1960s as an inexpensive anju (food that is eaten while drinking) in small taverns, on the outskirts of the city to replace the comparatively expensive gui dishes which are grilled over charcoal. The dish has spread to Chunchŏn's main districts, where the livestock industry thrives and offers fresh ingredients with no need for refrigeration. There is a street known as dak galbi golmok (dak galbi alley) which has a high concentration of dak galbi restaurants. Due to the city's northern location, it is a common destination for conscripted soldiers on leave.
It is also a popular dish for university students who are on a low budget, as dak galbi is relatively cheap and served in abundance. It earned the nickname "commoners' galbi" or "university student's galbi" back in the 1970s.
Despite the fact that its name means chicken ribs, there is no rib meat in dak galbi.
The city of Chunchŏn has held an annual autumn festival dedicated to dak galbi since 2005. Because of its origin, the dish is also called Chunchŏn dak galbi.
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 concept of Petite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’ The village contains a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943) and as such it is called the Little Prince theme park. It also has a gallery displaying sculptures and paintings of le coq gaulois (the Gallic rooster), the national symbol of France; Orgel House where a 200-year-old music box plays a sweet melody; a shop that sells herbal and aromatic products; a souvenir shop; and many other locales where you can experience French culture.
The village can accommodate up to 200 visitors with 34 guest rooms that hold four to ten people each. Enjoy the marionette experience and hear percussion instruments from around the world, and also enjoy soap bubble experience.
Marionettes, the traditional Czech dolls, come close and talk to you.
Be a friend of these exquisitely-made marionettes, which seem to be alive, and enjoy an exciting dance with them.
Orgel Demonstration & Explanation
See the history of Orgel from the Orgel made hundreds years ago to Orgel recently made.
Enjoy a very special music tour by appreciating Orgel with an explanation of its principles and history.
Guignol Puppet Performance
‘Guignol’, the traditional French hand puppet performance, started in the 1800s.
Be the hero in the stories presented by these cute hand puppets.
Plaster Art & Powder Painting
Make your own Petite Prince.
Make the Petite prince, the mascot of Petite France, just in the way you want and take it home with you.
Filming locations for famous Korean Soap Opera
The famous Korean Soap Opera and entertainment programs including “Beethoven Virus” and “Personal Taste” of MBC, “My Love from the Star”, “Secret Garden”, “Great Friend Note – Girls Generation Episode” and “Running Man” of SBS, as well as a number of films and TV commercials have been filmed here in Petite France. Petite France is a special space where you can feel those scenes and impressions again.