Ganghwado Island Private Day Tour with Peace Observatory+Joyang Bangjik Cafe
Make your own customized private tour and use your time efficiently in limited time in Gwanghwado Island! Ganghwado Island off the west coast is the fifth largest island in Korea and was connected with Ganghwadaegyo Bridge,making it easier than ever to travel to Ganghwado Island from Seoul. Our local tour guide will take you to some places that you want to visit!There are many places though, you can discuss where to go and how much you want to spend time at the site! Itinerary is flexible! Plus you will have authentic local food in Ganghwado like locals! Tour guide will introduce local restaurants! In this tour program, you will visit major Ganghwado Peace Observatory, Jeongdeungsa Temple, Gwangseongbo Fortress, Joyang Bangjik Cafe(an old textile factory that has been turned into a very cool cafe complex), Dongmak Beach ! But this is just a suggestion plan for you. If there's other place you want to visit, you can change the itinerary! Since it is a private tour only for your group.
per adult from
8 to 10 hours
Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- Air conditioned Private transportation : a van or a mini bus
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees on the itinerary only
- Pickup & Dropoff at Hotel in Seoul
- Customized private tour program
- All Fees and Taxes
- Entry/Admission - Ganghwa Peace Observatory
- Entry/Admission - Gwangseongbo Fortress
- Entry/Admission - Jeondeungsa Temple
What's excluded :
- Food and drinks(unless specified)
- Personal Expenses
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Ganghwa Peace Observatory, 797 Jeonmangdae-ro, Yangsa-myeon Ganghwa-gun, Incheon 23012 South Korea
Ganghwado Jejeokbong Peak Peace Observatory shows images related to the Korean War (1950-1953).
The observatory houses shops selling Ganghwa specialty food and North Korea's specialty food, a management office, wishing wall for unification, and a rest area on the first floor, an exhibition hall to see the traces of war as well as high-technology binoculars on the second floor, and the observing facility to see the area of North Korea on the thrid floor, and a screen facility to show the entire view on cloudy days. The exhibition hall on the second floor presents Ganghwa’s military experience, North Korea’s provocation, comparison of military powers between South and North Korea, unification policy, and other war-related exhibitions.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Ganghwado, Buleun-myeon, Incheon
Joyang Bangjik is an old textile factory that has been turned into a very cool cafe complex. Walk through the front gate and you’re welcomed into the cafe on your right where you can buy a coffee or juice and then head into the main building to find a seat among the numerous options.
Take a seat at the long benches in the center or spread out at the tables that are along the walls. There is seating upstairs, around corners and head outside to find ever more.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Gwangseongbo Fortress, 27, Haeandong-ro 466beon-gil, Bureun-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon South Korea
Gwangseongbo Fortress’s outer wall from the Goryeo era was mended in 1618. The fortress was built in 1656 and the outpost was constructed in 1679. It was completely remodeled into a masonry castle with gates in 1745. During Sinmiyangyo (the American invasion in 1871), Gwangseongbo was the fiercest battle ground in Ganghwa. On April 24, 1871, a fleet with 1,230 American naval forces led by Rear Admiral John Rodgers landed on Ganghwado Island to demand the opening of Korea's ports and commerce. The armed forces attacked Chojijin Fortress and Deokjinjin Camp, then marched to Gwangseongbo Fortress, where they engaged in close combat with the warriors of Joseon. Although General Eo Jae-yeon and the other warriors were poorly equipped with far inferior weapons, they bravely fought to the death against the invading forces.
Duration: 30 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.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Dongmak Beach, Hwado-myeon, Incheon South Korea
The primary attraction on the coastal road is the shore line of Dongmak Beach connecting Janghwa-ri in the town of Hwado-myeon (located south of Ganghwado Island) with Dongmak-ri. Visitors can comfortably enjoy the sunset after parking their cars on the roadside or in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant. Another great spot to enjoy the sunset is the high ground of Buno-ri. In Seokmodo Island, the best spots to enjoy the sunset are Minmeoru Beach and Janggu Neomeo Port. The beach of the island has a bow-like shape, and when the tide ebbs, a vast foreshore appears with all kinds of sea animals such as clams, crabs, trumpet shells, corb shells and more, making the island an excellent spot for children.
Duration: 1 hour
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
Please let us know your hotel name & address detail to pick up in Seoul .
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infants must sit on laps
- Near public transportation
- Stroller accessible
- Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Wheelchair accessible
- You don't have to follow suggested Itinerary above. Just let me know where you want to visit and explore.
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Please add country code to your phone number at time of booking
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- 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.