So after Urban Elite visited Korea another set of friends came to visit Korea. This is a smaller crowd composed of Lady Ira, Nelsa, and Xylene (whom I have never met before). Lady Ira and Nelsa are both officemates of my good friend Shortstride. It was not Lady Ira’s first time in the country as we have travelled to Korea together sometime two years ago(?). However, it was Nelsa’s and Xylene’s first time, and it was actually the latter’s first time to go abroad.
They came when I was already back in Ulsan for my Spring semester so I was only able to meet them on a weekend.
Our first itinerary that cold March Saturday was Nami Island (or Namiseom, or Naminara Republic).
I did not have a lot of pictures because I arrived in the island late (they have already done their “photo-shoot”). So most of these photos I just grabbed from Lady Ira’s Facebook account. Lol.
Anyway, Nami is still nice. And it remains one of my favorite places in Korea (regardless of it being now too overcrowded).
Next stop is…
PETITE FRANCE (쁘띠프랑스)
It is also in Gapyeong County, where the takeoff port to Nami Island is located, but one would need to take a bus ride because it is hidden in the mountainside.
I believe there is a bus right by Nami Island (port) and you can purchase a ticket good for a roundtrip ride already. A roundtrip “roller-coaster” ride, I mean — Lol, the trip to Petite France was via a winding mountainside road, and we weren’t able to get seats really (standing position it was – lakas maka-EDSA), so when we arrived at Petite France we felt like we just took the T-Express rollercoaster in Everland.
As you might have guessed, Petite France is a small (petite) village with French-style architecture and design (I don’t know if I’m using these words right) with some elements in it that allude to the French popular culture, e.g. Amelie, The Little Prince, etc.
If I am not mistaken, Petite France was also used as a setting for some of Korea’s most popular TV shows like My Love From the Star (별에서 온 그대) and Running Man (런닝맨).