Seorae Village

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Seorae Village
Hanja 西마을
Revised Romanization Seorae Ma-eul
McCune–Reischauer Sŏrae Maŭl

Seorae Village, sometimes nicknamed "Montmartre" due to its hilltop location, is a small French enclave in Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea.[1][2] It is home to about 560 French people, roughly 40% of the French community in South Korea. Most of them are employees of French corporations doing business in the country.[1] The majority (370) of the French population is actually children.[2]

The village began to form there in 1985, with the movement of Lycée Français de Séoul to the area.[1] The school, the city's only French international school, had formerly been located just north of the Han River in Hannam-dong, a large international neighborhood. French people with children followed, as did bakeries and wine shops.

The village is the site of a 20,000 m² park, "Montmartre Park",[2] which is often the site of public events for foreigners. It is near Express Bus Terminal Station on Seoul Subway Line 3.

The area has a large concentration of European-style restaurants and dessert cafes, as well as wineries and cafes stand along its main street.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Kyung Taek Lee. "French Village in Banpo-dong". KBS. 
  2. ^ a b c "Little France on the Han River". Chosun Ilbo. April 11, 2006. 
  3. ^ Cho Jae-eun; Junghee Lee; Chang Hae-won (27 April 2011). "Amuse-bouches in Seoul’s French Quarter". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 27 January 2013.