I don’t normally take a packaged tour like this but as Hubbie only have 1 free day I bought this trip as transportation wise if we go by ourselves we won’t be able to visit all 3 places in one day.
I bought the trip from Trazy.com They didn’t offer hotel pick up so we went to one of their meeting point in Dongdaemun. There is a clear instruction about the meeting point so it is hard to missed.
Soon we are picked up by mini Bus and ready to go. Our guide, Kelly is a cheerful and communicative girl. She told us the information about the places we are going and told us to wear safety belt because the road was going to be winding.
We were soon snoozing until Kelly woke us up and told us we are approaching Petite France. She briefed us the layout of Petite France and where are the instagrammable photospot before leaving us to explore for 1.5-2 hours.
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.
We took many cute pictures in there
From Petite France it is a 10 minutes drive to Nami island. We stopped for lunch in one of the restaurant before crossing to Nami using a ferry. To my delight the restaurant have one halal dish: Chicken BBQ
Crossing to Nami only takes 5 minutes but boarding the ferry requires more time. So total time needed is almost 20 minutes
Nami island we have 3 hours to explore Nami island including ferry in and out.
About Nami island from the official website:
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 kilometers 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 features 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, and roller skating rink. Lodging facilities such as resort villas and bungalows are available for visitors to stay on the island.
3 hours is about enough for us. But if we’re bringing Achita we will probably need the whole day because she will want to play in the playground and the play area. There is also Halal Restaurant in the island and a moslem praying area, next to the kids club.
I can inagine Nami island will be the most pretty in autumn and winter.
From Nami island, the bus drove us to Gangchon rail bike. This is another fun activity for the family. Kids will be most excited with the prospect of biking in a railway. I really like the concept and the Korean people made it entertaining witt music and various themed tunnel we had to bike thru. We biked for 30 minutes is a quad bike or a double while enjoying the view and then we took the train to the finish point.
We arrived back in Seoul around 8pm as the traffic coming back to Seoul was bad. We asked to be dropped of in Hongik uni station as we want to explore Hongdae, known for its urban arts and indie music culture, clubs and entertainments. The area is located in Mapo-gu in the western end of Seoul, stretching from Seogyo-dong to Hapjeong-dong. The vibe is similar to Harajuku. We were there until amost midnight and the restaurant and shop is still open. There is also halal retaurant in the area.
A night in Hongdae finally end our last night in Seoul.