[Korean self-help] One-day trip to the suburbs of Seoul! Net beauty Little France Village + classic Korean drama Nami Island + Gangchon Railroad bicycle summary.

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This place in Seoul can be said to include all kinds of tourist attractions. There are major business districts that have broken their legs, ski resorts that have to stand up after rolling for several laps, or visit a historic site. If you want to go to a more special attraction, you must definitely not miss the niche attractions in the suburbs of Seoul: Petite France Village + Nami Island + Gangchon Rail Bike. Most of our self-service in Korea this time chose a one-day itinerary, including transportation to and from Seoul and a tour guide. It can be said that it is very convenient and does not need to do too much homework by ourselves. It is very suitable for us traveling with the family.

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Day trip itineraryrecommend

Downtown Seoul → Petite France Village → Nami Island → Gangchon Rail Bike → Back to downtown Seoul

We participated in a packaged one-day itinerary from a travel agency. After meeting in Myeongdong in the morning (you can also choose to pick up at Dongdaemun and Hongdae), take a tour bus to the famous Korean drama from the stars. Yi Island, enjoy lunch on the island freely, then go to Gangchon Rail Bike, and then take a tour bus back to downtown Seoul.

Famous Korean drama "You from the Stars" romantic location: Little France Village

Little France Village is located in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, about an hour and a half drive from downtown Seoul. If you are a fan of Korean dramas, be sure to check it out. Some well-known Korean dramas (such as Running man, Secret Garden, You from the Stars) are all shot here! And if you have ever read the little prince, you will feel even more about the layout and furnishings here. This place is built on the theme of the little prince. Surrounded by so many dreamy buildings, it's perfect for taking beautiful photos online!

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▲There are many souvenir shops under the stairs
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There are several well-known scenic spots in the small park inside. You can get a Chinese guide map at the entrance. In addition, there are many souvenir shops where you can stroll around. Don't watch the shops are closed. In fact, all the cute shops can be visited. The park is leaning against the forest. You can go to the forest park on the side from the little prince wooden plank road. Go up to the highest point and you can see the lake below. When we go in winter, we also see the frozen lake. The scenery is very beautiful.

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▲The little prince's wooden boardwalk leads to the forest
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▲The beautiful scenery of distant mountains and lakes can be seen above the forest
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With so many fairy-tale buildings, Jeffy and Allie originally wanted to use the aerial camera to record, but after asking the tour guide and the service staff in the park, they were sure there was no way, even the guide heard that we wanted to use the aerial camera. One reaction jokingly asked: Are you a spy? (Are you a spy?)

Because Gyeonggi Province is only about an hour's drive from North Korea, flying to high altitude may capture some important military bases in South Korea. In addition, the situation between the two countries is tense, so aerial cameras are not allowed for military considerations! But even if you can’t fly into the air to take pictures, there are so many lovely decorations along the way that you can’t finish taking pictures, but the size of the park is not too big, you can go shopping in one hour, and you can take two hours to take pictures.

We entered the park at about nine in the morning. There were not too many tourists when we were walking around. When we left, we found that there were long queues outside. Fortunately, we entered the venue earlier, otherwise it might be difficult to take pictures. If you are self-help this attraction, it is recommended to come early to avoid the crowds.

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▲Long queue of tourists outside the park

Little France Village

  • Address: 경기도가평군청평면호반로 1063 (1063, Lakeside-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do)
  • Business hours: Sunday~Thu 09:00~18:00/Friday~Saturday 09:00~20:00
  • Ticket price: Adults 10,000 won / Teenagers 8,000 won / Children 6,000 won

Winter Sonata Half-moon Island: Nami Island

After finishing the trip to Petite France Village, about half an hour's drive, we came to Nami Island. Before taking the boat to Nami Island, because the tour guide said restaurants on Nami Island are more expensive, we ate lunch at a restaurant near the pier.

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▲Nami Island Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken Chop is also famous
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▲Entrance of Nami Island
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▲The map of Nami Island is a half-moon-shaped island.
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▲The small train in Nami Island

Nami Island is located at the junction of Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do. It was a half-moon-shaped island formed by the inundation of the river when the Cheongpyeong Reservoir was built in 1944. The tour guide said that the island is semi-manmade and semi-natural because of the classic Winter Sonata. Korean dramas became popular overnight, and tourists from all over the world went there. Those of us who haven't watched Korean TV dramas are still attracted by its winter scenery. We originally thought we could see snow. Unfortunately, it was not cold in South Korea this year and we were not able to see snow. But there is also a lot of artificial snow on the island. Even if it doesn't snow, you can take photos of ice sculptures, sit on sleds, make snowmen, and feel Korea in winter.

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▲Free snow sled ride experience in Nami Island
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▲There are many heaters in the park for tourists to keep warm

Because the island is in the middle of the lake, it cannot be reached by land. Most people go there by boat, there are many boat trips, and the boat trip takes about 15-20 minutes. If it is colder, you can still see the boat breaking ice. Unfortunately, it was a warm winter when we went, and the lake did not freeze much. In addition to taking a boat, it can also be reached by zip line. It costs 44,000 won from the ticket office to the island. On that day, each of us was as cold as meat dumplings. It is hard to imagine how cold it would be if the wind blows through the air. But if you are not afraid of heights or cold, you can still experience it. On the same day, you still saw tourists flying in the sky.

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There are various exhibition halls, art galleries, animal ecology gardens, etc. in Nami Island, and the most famous is its spectacular Cedar Avenue, which is also a popular spot for Korean dramas. The park even set up a winter love song board, where visitors can imitate the actions and scenes of the heroes and heroines to take romantic photos. We visited Nami Island during the Lunar New Year. Since it is the biggest festival in Korea, there will be more tourists, but we can still find some beautiful and unpopular backgrounds! The entire Nami Island will take about two and a half hours to play, but if you have enough time and want to walk more leisurely, you can stay here for about three hours or more. It is a slow and leisurely attraction!

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▲Due to winter, part of the lake surface is frozen.
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▲Nami Island is popular because of Winter Sonata, and there are many Korean drama billboards on the island.
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▲The classic Korean drama Winter Sonata
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▲There are many ostriches in Nami Island
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▲The famous cedar forest road

Nami Island

  • Address: 강원도춘천시남산면남이섬길 1 (1 Namido Street, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon City, Gangwon-do)
  • Business hours and ferry travel time: 07:30~09:00 (timing every 30 minutes) / 09:00-18:00 (every time every 10-20 minutes) / 18:00-21:40 (every 30 minutes Timed driving)
  • Ticket price: 13,000 won 

Gangchon Railway Bicycle

When Jeffy first heard about this attraction, he wanted to say that it should be similar to the Houfeng Railway Horse Road in Taiwan. It was very painful to think of riding a bicycle at temperatures close to zero. However, after participating in the entire event, I feel very satisfied, and I highly recommend this attraction!

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The track under the Gangchon Railway used to be the Infinity Flower on the Gyeongchun Line that connected Seoul and Chuncheon. However, the service ceased after the two-line subway on the Gyeongchun Line was opened. However, this track was not idle. Continue to operate. Tourists can ride along the Bukhan River and enjoy the scenery along the road (Jeffy and Allie went there in winter, so there are dense miscanthus on the side of the road, super beautiful!)

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▲Landscape scenery encountered along the way
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▲ Miscanthus on both sides of the bike

In addition, there will be several tunnels on the way, and each tunnel has a different theme. For example, there is a happy bubble, which will play the sound effect of the bubble wave, and the whole person will be happy for a while, and the other tunnel is the nightclub effect. In addition to the moving music, it is also matched with flashing lights and vibrations. Effect. Before entering every tunnel, I was full of expectations, not knowing what surprises I would meet.

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▲Bicycles will pass through a variety of different characteristic tunnels
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When riding a bicycle, you need to pay attention to the distance between the vehicle ahead and the vehicle behind. If the vehicle speed is accidentally stepped on too fast, you can lower the vehicle speed by pressing the brake. In addition, if there is no zipper in the pocket on your body, be very, very careful about the valuables on your body, because when riding, your feet are constantly stepping on, and if the item slips off due to exercise, it will not be picked up! ! (The tour guide said Aifeng who had a guest once fell into the river)

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▲The brake between the two can control the speed.
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▲Finally take another section of open-air train back to the tour bus connection point

Gangchon Railway Bicycle

  • Address: 강원도춘천시신동면김유정로 1383 (신동면) (1383, Jinyujeong-ro, Sindong-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do (Sindong-myeon))
  • Business hours and ferry travel time: Summer (03.01~10.31) 9 times a day / Winter (11.01~02.28) 8 times a day
  • Ticket price: 30,000 won for 2 people / 40,000 won for 4 people

The above is our one-day trip to the suburbs of South Korea. The whole experience is very comfortable. During the day, we will go to the suburbs to see the scenery. In the evening, we will go back to Seoul to continue shopping and shopping. It is recommended to everyone who wants to arrange a day trip.

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