This is probably the most memorable part of my tour in Seoul this time around. Though I was excited to go shopping - like always - and I have always admired their palaces, Nami Island and Petite France are just two different places that exude a different aura. I have seen them multiple times in Korean dramas and movies but to see its very existence is surreal. I wish to see both places again during Spring. The cherry blossoms would surely add more romance and sensation to my visit.
Nami Island - it is a small moon-shaped island located in Chuncheon, South Korea (Gangwon Province northeast of Seoul). The island used to disappear during high tide. But with the construction of Cheongpyeong dam, it became a permanent island (as far as I remember, this is what I heard during the short introduction of the tour. Correct me if I am wrong). Since then, it was developed to become a natural amusement park. Trees were planted and telephone/electricity lines were hidden established underground. The island is also named after General Nami who was falsely lead to death due to treason. Though his body was never found, a memorial tomb was built in the island to recognize his contribution to the history of the country.
This is the epitome of how beautiful mother nature is. There are various species of trees that tower over walkways creating a romantic atmosphere. It was a bit gloomy and dark when we went there, but that sad and depressed aura makes it even more romantic - cuddle-weather as what we call it. It makes you want to stroll around hand-in-hand with your loved one.
Petite France - this is a small area about 40 minutes away from Nami wharf dedicate to Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince. Pardon me for I have not read the book - seriously. I tried reading it before but I couldn't get past the first few pages as the version I was reading was from back in the 1970's. It was different from the English I am familiar with making it difficult to comprehend for a 14-year-old non-native-English-speaker like me. Moving forward, I guess I should start reading more classic novels than contemporary ones.
I am not sure who the owner, how it was established, and why it was established. I tried searching online for the history of this place but to no avail. All I could find was that this place is dedicated to the Little Prince, which palpably is hence the name. But what I can tell you is that this has also been a famous shooting location for various Korean dramas. Even a cardboard of Do Min Joon and Cheon Song Yi was there (from the drama My Love from the Star which I became really addicted to.) It has such a cute vibe that suits adults and children alike. There are various galleries scattered all over the little theme park featuring puppets, dolls, and pottery. There are also areas where shows are held but we weren't able to see them due to time constraints. Maybe next time, I will get to watch them.