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Ganghwado : The Island Getaway From Seoul

South Korea’s fifth-largest island, Ganghwado (강화도) is worth a side trip for its hilltop temples and other low-key attractions, as well as its fascinating history. For a brief period in the mid-13th century, when the Mongols were rampaging through the mainland, the island became the location of Korea’s capital. Situated at the mouth of the Han River, Ganghwado continued to have strategic importance – it was the scene of bloody skirmishes with French and US forces in the 19th century as colonial powers tried to muscle in on the ‘hermit kingdom’.

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Duration

7 hours

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  • What's included :
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Ganghwa Peace Observatory
    • Entry/Admission - Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites
    • Entry/Admission - Ganghwa Anglican Cathedral
    • Entry/Admission - Goryeogung Palace Site
    • Entry/Admission - Jeondeungsa Temple
    What's excluded :
    • This is a typical itinerary for this product

      Stop At: Ganghwa Peace Observatory, 797 Jeonmangdae-ro, Yangsa-myeon Ganghwa-gun, Incheon 23012 South Korea

      Ganghwa Peace Observatory, which is located the northernmost point of Ganghwa district, was opened in Sep, 2008 to see and understand North Korea. The observatory was established to promote mutual understanding between the two Koreas and built unified Korea which will be peaceful and prosperous. It is composed of a 4-story building and 1-basement. There are an outdoor observatory, an Observation room, a room to wish for unification, and an exhibition hall etc. Observation room: It is briefing room. You can see a model for North Korea topography and understand their life. Outdoor observatory: There are high-quality telescopes with which you can see North Korean land and life.

      Duration: 50 minutes

      Stop At: Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do South Korea

      ‘Dolmens’ are stone graves/tombs which date back to the pre-historic era. Dolmens are largely concentrated in Northeast Asia with Korea alone being home to a total of around 30,000 dolmens.

      The Ganghwa Dolmen Heritage Site, in Bugeun-ri, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon, encompasses roughly 120 dolmens, most of which are Northern-style dolmen that are made of large pieces of stone 7.1m in length and 2.6m in height. The dolmens in this region are found in unusual altitudes of 100-200m above sea level and reveal important information about the prehistoric period.

      The Ganghwa Dolmen site was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage in Nov. 29th, 2000 along with Gochang Dolmen and Hwasun Dolmen sites. You may enjoy the best view of this historic site around sunset.

      Duration: 30 minutes

      Stop At: Ganghwa Anglican Cathedral, 336, Gwancheong-ri, Ganghwa-eup, Ganhwa-gun, Incheon South Korea

      Ganghwa Anglican Church was consecrated in 1900 by Charies Jone Corfe, the First Bishop of the Church as the St. Peter and St.Paul’s Church. The church has since undergone several restorations, but the design remains true to the original.

      Duration: 45 minutes

      Stop At: Goryeogung Palace Site, 394, Ganghwa-daero, Ganghwa-eup Ganghwa-gun, Incheon 23031 South Korea

      Goryeogung Palace Site on Ganghwado Island is the site of the royal palace where the people of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) resisted the Mongolian invasion for 39 years. In the 19th year of his reign, King Gojong moved the capital to Ganghwa on account of its natural and strategic advantages. During the Byeongjahoran (Chinese invasion of Korea) in 1637, the palace was lost by force to the Qing dynasty of China. Later, Joseon Dynasty palace building and Ganghwa Yusubu (Ganghwa governor’s office) buildings existed in the Goryeo palace site but were destroyed by the French army during the Byeonginyangyo (French Campaign against Korea). Nowadays, the only structures that remain are the Dongheon main office (built in 1638) and Ibangcheong administration office (built in 1654). The palace and its subsidiary buildings were restored in 1977. It has historical lessons of the spirit of independence and overcoming national crisis.

      Duration: 50 minutes

      Stop At: Jeondeungsa Temple, 37-41, Jeondeungsa-ro, Gilsang-myeon, Ganghwa-gun Ganghwado Island, Incheon 23050 South Korea

      Jeondeungsa Temple was originally called Jinjongsa during the Goryeo dynasty. It was used as a sanctuary that enshrined family ancestors. Jeondeungsa Temple is located in Samrangseong Fortress, which is said to have been built by the three sons of Dangun, the founder of Korea.

      Jeondeungsa Temple contains significant architectural works, including the main building Daeungbojeon Hall. Decorated with delicate carvings, it is a superlative example of the architecture of the mid-Joseon dynasty. The canopy situated above the Buddha statue inside Daeungbojeon Hall showcases masterful workmanship. On the walls and columns of Daeungbojeon Hall, visitors can see names of soldiers written on the walls. These soldiers fought against the French Navy and wrote their names in Jeondeungsa to pray to Buddha for good luck in war.

      There are ten other structures of historical significance at the temple including Yaksajeon (Treasure No. 179), Beomjong Bell (Treasure No. 393, constructed in the 11th century), and Yangheonsu Victory Monument (Tangible Cultural Treasure No. 26). The compound is also home to many ancient trees.

      Duration: 50 minutes

    • Departure Point :
      Traveler pickup is offered
      Please advise us your own pickup location. :-) Airports
      • Incheon Intl Airport, 272 Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon South Korea
      • Gimpo Intl Airport, 112 Haneul-gil, Gangseo-gu, Seoul South Korea
      Ports
      • INCHEON
      Departure Time :
      8:30 AM
      Return Detail :
      -
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
      • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    Language

    English - Guide

    Age Req.

    -

    Fitness Req.

    None

    Group Size

    15

    Organised by Dahae Creative

    Activity ID: V-130727P15

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