LADY IRA IN KOREA – GAPYEONG ADVENTURES (PETITE FRANCE and NAMI ISLAND)

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.

NAMI ISLAND

Our first itinerary that cold March Saturday was Nami Island (or Namiseom, or Naminara Republic).

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Lonewulf, Xylene, Nelsa, and Lady Ira (taking the group photo)

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Another shot by my favorite spot in the entire island. (Mental note to self: aim to have a photo here when it’s covered in snow)

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Hahaha the Korean-style couple shot (this is an updated version of the one we took about two years prior)

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This is the old photo I was talking about.

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Lady Ira even made a collage. Haha

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A shot with the (faux) Filipino snowman

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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.

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The entrance

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.

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This is what greets you upon entering. Really really nice view.

 

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).

 

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The Little Prince, with the snake, the dog, and the fox.

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This has got to be one of my favorite books of all time

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Lol – a bit distorted Amelie (also one of my all-time favorite movies; quirky and pleasant)

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Montevista

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About lonewulf

I am a self-confessed 'jologs', a country boy who now works in the big city. I studied Applied Math, and am now completing Finance while working as a risk analyst. I feel extremely happy whenever I dance, draw/sketch, and write. I also like to read books, eat (not fruits, or vegetables), sleep, and travel.

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