A Little Bit of France in Seoul: Seorae Village

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’d know that France (and more specifically, Paris), is EVERYTHING to me. Johnny and I still can’t stop talking about our time there. So we were pleasantly surprised (and shocked) to find out that there is actually a small French village in Seoul called Seorae Village. This weekend, Johnny and I ventured out of Yongin to check it out.

According to Wikipedia, Seorae Village is home to about 560 French people, or roughly 40% of the French population in Seoul. It’s located on top of a hill, so the village is appropriately nicknamed Montmartre.

Upon first glance, Seorae Village may not seem terribly French, but there are a few French wine bars, bakeries, restaurants and stores. Paris Croissant (not to be confused with Paris Baguette), is a French style bakery that serves pretty authentic French baguettes and pastries. I was told that the owner imports his flour from France, so it’s pretty legit! I even heard a few people speaking French, which was pretty fucking awesome.

Gotta love the Konglish!

Seorae Village is full of little markers letting you know you’re in the French village. Even the sidewalks are tri–color like the French flag!

Glorious, glorious cheese. In the land of basically NO cheese, I almost cried at the sight of brie, camembert, and even goat cheese! It’s obviously trés expensive, but I think I just may have to splurge one of these days.

There was even a Cajun restaurant!
Apparently many people are hesitant about the jambalaya.

Seorae Village is also home to the only French international school in Seoul.

After walking around for an hour or so, Johnny and I decided to stop inside one of the really cute themed cafes to rest our feet and get a drink. I’ll seriously never get over how adorable the cafes are here.

In the end, Johnny and I decided to go to the above cafe because it looked really cool. I was not disappointed!

My cherry limeade was to die for, especially on the unusually warm spring day on Saturday. They were also playing Karate Kid on the TV, so Johnny and I got sucked into the story line for a minute. It was such a lovely ending to a pretty awesome Saturday afternoon.

To get to Seorae Village, take line 3 to the Express Bus Terminal. Take Exit 5 out of the station (very important!) Once you’ve left the subway station, walk down a street (path) that looks like this….:

…towards the walking overpass. Once you near the overpass, you’ll see the big signs for Seorae Village to the left.

Seorae Village is pretty small, and is easily manageable to check out in a few hours. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re looking for a cheese, wine and baguette fix!

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