Seorae Village is located in between Banpo4-dong and Bangbaebun-dong in Seochu-gu, Seoul. Past the Banpo Bridge of Sapyeong-ro road and Palace Hotel along Seorae-ro road and you can see a cluster of luxurious villas.
There are many attractions to look around in Seorae Village. This was the former location of Ecole Francaise de Seoul, a French school for the France residents who resided here in 1985. The French School of Seoul is located in the heart of Seoul’s French community in Banpo. Has a kindergarten, elementary school and junior and high school It is Seoul’s only government-established French-language school. There are about 1,000 French citizens residing in Korea (as of 2008 statistics) and about half of them are living in this area. Thus, Seorae Village naturally became a global village much thanks to the strong presence of French citizens in this area. Furthermore, situated geographically near Gangnam and the central business district area, along with natural sites including Yangjae stream and Hangang River Park, makes it a pleasant environment space for all.
The traditional French bakery makes bread from ingredients that are directly imported from France and thus been a favorite to any French residents living in Korea. Because the community is slightly out-of-the-way, a majority of consumers are residents, but the inflow of new customers has been growing, which has, in turn, aided the expansion of commercial zones within the area.
The shops in Seorae Village shops are modest and charming. The street is lined with shops and small restaurants, seeming to have been lifted straight out of Europe. In recent year, Seorae Village has undergone several changes. In every other street found here, a luxurious café and wine bar can be found and if you like to enjoy your meal outdoors, several cafes or restaurants with balcony seats are also available. This is currently one of the most popular areas among the locals and it has a nickname of ‘Little France’.
The Cafe Street has many traditional French restaurants that serve traditional French foods. Most of the restaurants have a French chef. Additionally, the restaurants here all stay closed until 3 PM. In the morning, the street is full of people waiting in very long lines to buy freshly baked bread. Another feature of Seorae Village is the harmony that can be found between Korean and foreign residents. On Korean holidays such as Chuseok and the Lunar New Year, foreign residents can often be found dressing up in traditional Korean clothes to celebrate the holidays. The foreign residents' center here, in joint co-operation with the Seoul Global Center, also teaches Korean embroidery and hanji crafts classes. The French School of Seoul also teaches Korean as a second language, beginning in the second year of middle school, so as to enable the children to adapt to Korean society. Seorae Village's Cafe Street is located roughly 500 meters from the subway station. Seorae Village feels quite secluded and you can even imagine you're in Europe. Even on the weekends, the area isn't crowded like Myeong-dong or Gangnam. Regardless of what day or what time you visit Seorae Village, it's truly a place where you can feel like you're in Europe.
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