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Writer신철희Date09/18/2019

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Seoul, head over to Gwanggyo, which is just an hour of Seoul

Gwanggyo Avenue France & Gwanggyo Lake Park – Shopping


Weekend Getaway to Gwanggyo

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Seoul, head over to Gwanggyo, which is just an hour of Seoul from Gangnam. Start off your day in Gwanggyo’s Avenue France with some shopping and delicious food and wrap up your day with some fun-in-the-sun in Gwanggyo Lake Park. Both of these places are only a 15-minute drive away from each other so it’s perfect for a day trip!

Avenue France – The shopping place everyone is going to

Unsure what to eat? Doesn’t matter!

If you don’t know what type of cuisine to have, just take a walk around Avenue France. Many of Korea’s famous and well-known franchises are located here all in one area. You can be sure that there will be something that you will like. Choose from a wide selection of French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, American or even some places with fusion recipes.


If you’re still unsure of what to eat, head to one of Korea’s most highly-rated restaurants on TripAdvisor, Tokkijeong (토끼정) for some fusion cuisine. The dish that they’re most well-known for is the cream-based udon. It’s a fusion recipe of Japanese noodles with pasta-style cream sauce. I had it when I was there and to be very honest it was very delicious and unique.


Shopping! Shopping! Shopping!

Other than food, this mall boasts a lot of fashionable clothing stores as well as pop-up stores selling various accessories and collectables. The famous furniture store, Casamia has also had its grand opening on August 2, 2019.


The Central Square in this area is also built to greatly resemble France and give a feeling of relaxation and freedom. It’s a very scenic with a lot of natural light from the glass ceiling which is connected into some sort of pillar in the middle of the square. Around the area sits many bean bag chairs, swings and seats for people to lounge in and just enjoy the peace and quiet.



Child-friendly services, fun for the whole family

Avenue France has a lot of space for children to run around freely, resting areas for tired parents and also a very well-maintained nursery for parents and mothers with infants in tow. Inside, there are changing tables, kitchen facilities such as sinks, a microwave, and private booths for breast-feeding your child. It’s a huge hassle for families to go out with their young ones if there weren’t private facilities available.


The nursery is located in Basement 1, next to My Little Tiger.

Address: Gwanggyo Avenue France, 1332 Iui-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

Directions (97 minutes): From Seoul Station, take bus M5121, get off at Gwanggyo Jungang Station and walk 415 m to Avenue France.

Website: You can access their website through this link: https://www.avenuefrance.co.kr/gwanggyo/main

Operating Hours: The place is open 11:00 – 22:00 daily but the shops/restaurants within the premises are subject to their own operating hours.

Best Time to Visit: Although it is indoors, the central square’s glass ceiling allows a lot of natural light in, being a great place to spend the day with your family in the afternoon. At night, the decorative lights provide a different experience altogether so it would be great to spend the whole day there. Spring, summer and autumn would be perfect seasons to visit this shopping mall.

People to go with: Although a great place to go with your partner, there were many families with children spending their time there as well.


Gwanggyo Lake Park – Fun in the sun

Explore nature, exercise, enjoy the sun!

The park is built around the lake, which provides the citizens of the city and visitors with a walking trail around the lake, surrounded by lush greenery as well as a lovely lake. You can spend the day taking a walk around the lake, enjoying the fresh air, stretching out your legs and maybe even have a picnic when the weather is nice.

Bird’s eye view of the lake!

Near the car park, there is an observatory that has an amazing view of the entire lake and the park surroundings. Head up to the 4th floor for the observatory, take some scenic photos of the lake, and head down to the 2nd floor for a photo exhibition of the lake during various seasons. You get a lovely view of Gwanggyo on the other side of the lake on a clear, sunny day.


Spectacular night view of the buildings across the lake

Go again at night for a different experience. Along the edge of the lake there is a boardwalk that has railings that light up. It changes color as time passes and is a great place to snap photos of the night view across the lake. On a night where the waters are still, you can capture an almost perfect mirror image of the buildings on the lake’s surface.

Address: 75 Gwanggyohosu-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

Directions (107 minutes): Walk to the Seoul Bus Transfer Terminal #5 from Seoul Station and take bus 5007 for 20 stops. Get off at Gwanggyo Hoban Maeul 21 Danji and walk for 12 minutes till you get to the Observatory.

Operating Hours: The lake has no operating hours but the observatory is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Best Time to Visit: Spring and autumn would be the best times to visit this place. You get lovely blossoming flowers in the springtime and the red falling leaves during autumn.

People to go with: Head to this area together with your friends, family or with your partner. Anyone whom you enjoy taking long walks, picnics in the park, be able to spend a long time with would be a great candidate for this trip.