The theme of this tour is "Famous + Beautiful".
Ganghwa island is the fifth largest island in Korea and is located in the West Sea which is also called Yellow Sea. It is composed of 11 inhabited islands and 17 uninhabited islands and its beaches are 99 km long. With the creation of the Ganghwa Bridge and Choji Daegyo Bridge, the island has become more like the mainland. There are many ancient artifacts in this island, because there were people living in here from the prehistoric times. The most famous of these are the Goindol Rocks (Dolmen) those are designated as World's Cultural Treasure. The Goindol graves are where the rulers of the Ganghwa island in the Bronze Age are buried. There are about 80 of these stone graves spread out in Ganghwa island.
There is also evidence of the Dangunwanggeom, the progenitor of Korea whose life marks the beginning of Korean history from 2333 BCE. If you walk up the many steps of Chamseongdan in Mani Mountain, you will come to a peak where you can see the West Sea and the inland. This is where Dangunwanggeom is said to have offered sacrificial rites to the heavens.
This Island has many famous local products, including the medicinally effective Ganghwa Ginseng, Ganghwa turnip with its peculiar taste and purple color and Hwamunseok which is a mat woven with flower patterns. Hwamunseok is also famous as a representative traditional Korean product with its intricate handwork and designs.
Our guide will meet pick you up in the lobby (on the 1st floor if lobby is not on the first floor) of your hotel in Seoul.
According to the schedule and itinerary you will be transferred for one and half hours to Ganghwa island. By starting the tour with authentic local scenery of Ganghwa island, you are expected to see Dondae (old military observatory and small fortress) , Jeondeungsa Buddhist temple, local port, dolmen (UNESCO Cultural Heritage) and traditional market.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel or agreed place.
Gapgot Dondae Fortress - old military observatory and small fortress
Dondae is fortified hill. This Gapgot Dondae has been important part of military strategy, because it is located at the very entrance to Seoul. Especially during Goryeo dynasty (CE 918 - 1392), there was war against Mongolia(CE 1232 - 1270). At that time, the Mongolian troops tried to cross the sea and come here in vain. During Joseon dynasty, many western countries tried to invade here to go to Seoul.
It is kind of 'bridge between the pas and the present' like wise nowadays connection function of real bridge right at this Dondae.
Now history embarrassed the Dondae. It has small but beautiful view of ocean by positioning at the edge of the ocean (Yellow Sea).
Jeondeungsa Buddhist Temple
Jeondeunnsa Buddhist temple, founded in 381 CE) proud of its history form Gogurye Dynasty and (37BCE - 668CE)Goryeo dynasty (CE 918 - 1392). It is located at the foot of Jeongjoksan mountain so it is really quite place. Also there is Jongjoksanseong fortress.Therefore going through the fortress wall while step into the temple.
There is also one of the historical record libraries which is called "Jeongjoksago". 'Sago' is kind master history book in the Joseon dynasty. Likewise these history, Ganghwa island have a rich history but it is not boring place to look around.
After quite stroll around in the temple, you will visit local port with local view to another island which is called Seokmodo island. It is another pleasure to see the port while lunch. There are many seafood restaurants here so this is good place to taste Korean fresh seafood, like seafood hot pot. Watching the salted sea food shops, traveling to and from some where is another relax of this tour.
Dolmen in Ganghwa island is listed World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Regardless of list or not, it is amazing that there were people from prehistoric era. Korean peninsula has 40,000 dolmens out of 60,000 dolmens in the world. Dolmen is grave in Asia, Europe and North Africa.
It is estimated that the dolmen in Korea were constructed in 2,500 BCE. The Ganghwa Dolmen Heritage Site encompasses roughly 120 dolmens, most of which are Northern-style dolmen that are made of large pieces of stone, 7.1 meters in length and 2.6 meters in height.
Traditional Local Market
Ganghwa Pungmul Market is traditional market in local agricultural and fishery county. So you can enjoy sightseeing to Korean authentic products e.g. ginseng, fishes, large-eyed herring, salted shrimp, local foods, clamps, ingredients, Ganghwa turnip for insights into local Korea. Ganghwa, Punggi and Gaeseong are famous for local specialty of ginseng.
08:30 Pick up in the lobby (Seoul)
(1st floor if lobby is not
on the 1st floor)
08:30 - 10:00 Transfer
10:00 - 11:00 Dondae sightseeing
11:00 - 12:30 Jeondeungsa Buddhist Temple
12:30 - 14:00 Local Port (Lunch)
14:00 - 15:00 Ganhwa Pungmul Market
15:00 - 17:00 Transfer
17:30 Drop off at your hotel/place
Tour Rate (price per person)
All admission fees to tourists sites
Local English-speaking guide service
Round trip transfer service with private vehicle
Hotel Pick up & Drop off Service in Seoul
Meals and beverages
If you want to start/finish at Incheon airport, extra $80 per one way transfer
Maximum passengers 6 people with small to medium sized luggage (No large size luggage)