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[Seoul Travel] Trip to play, eat, and relax_Ganghwa Island

Ganghwa Island is a nearby tourist destination not far from Seoul and is a popular tourist destination for travelers. There are many colorful tour courses.

Ganghwa Island: dolmen
Trip to play, eat, and relax_Ganghwa Island

Ganghwa Island is a nearby tourist destination not far from Seoul and is a popular tourist destination for travelers. There are many colorful tour courses that offer a cozy beach and historical sites that remain in many places.

Many cultural heritages remain on each coastline as on the mudflats and the ridges of history. Let’s start a special trip to Ganghwado Island.

  • Gwanghwa Poongmul Market

    The Poongmul Market was modernized as a project to make the name of Ganghwa Folk Village and was newly constructed in 2007.

  • Ganghwado Peace Observatory

    Peace Observatory was constructed in the northern area of the Civilian Restricted Zone in Cheolsan-ri.

  • Ganghwa Dolmen Site [UNESCO World Heritage]

    Dolmens are largely concentrated in Northeast Asia with Korea alone being home to a total of around 30,000 dolmens. 

  • Joyang Bangjik Cafe

    It was established as the first textile factory in Korea in 1933, abandoned in 1958, and then reborn as a cafe in July last year.

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1. Gwanghwa Poongmul Market

The latest building outside Ganghwa-eup was recently constructed and the rural market lost its flavor when it was in the town, but when you go into the market and look around one by one, you will find a lot of fun to see and buy.

It is a special scene here to slice purple turnip and mix it with seasoning. They sell hand-mixed turnip kimchi, which is cheaper and more plentiful to buy it in a plastic bag than what is wrapped in plastic containers.

When you go inside the market, you can find a variety of seafood caught near Ganghwa Island, and the most popular item among housewives is salted fish.

The market is on the second and seventh days. Ginseng and Hwamunseok, other specialties of Ganghwa-do, can be purchased at the ginseng center and souvenir shop near the Pungmul Market.

Opening Hours
Everyday 8AM-8PM

2. Ganghwa island Peace Observatory

The focus of the telescope is on North Korea’s land. Under the blue sky, they walk like us, weed a fields, and open and close windows. A red car passes, creating a cloud of dust. It is certain that the road across the river is unpaved.  I thought I wanted to go. When can we go to that northern town?

The Ganghwa Peace Observatory is a place for displaced people who wished for peaceful unification and left their hometowns, and is a four-story building from the base floor to the 4th ground floor. The first basement level and the fourth floor of the ground are military facilities, which restrict civilian access.

When I stand here and look at North Korea, I realize that the war is not over yet. In Mangdandan, we see traces of incense burned by someone.

Opening Hours
Everyday 9AM-6PM

3. Ganghwa Dolmen Site
[UNESCO World Heritage]

Dolmen is one of the representative tombs of the Bronze Age and is a cultural heritage that represents the world’s geolithic culture. The dolmens, named after ‘to stoned’ are also commonly called jiseokmyo.

There are more than 30,000 dolmens in South Korea alone, and 40,000 dolmens in North Korea are distributed in large numbers. It is only natural that the ancient remains of Ganghwa Island, along with Gochang in North Jeolla Province and Hwasun in South Jeolla Province, were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000.

Ganghwa Island is dotted with more than 100 dolmens, mostly at the foot of Mount Koryo. It’s not much compared to Gochang or Hwasun dolmens, but the image of dolmen first comes to mind, and the dolmens that represent Korea’s most famous dolmens remain in this dolmen park.

This dolmen is a typical drum-type dolmen with a covering stone over two dolmens. Its appearance resembles a table and is called a table dolmen. It is a huge dolmen that is 2.5m in height and 50 tons of cover stone.

Opening Hours
Open 24 hrs

N/A Open all year round

4. Joyang Bangjik Cafe

Ganghwa was a city of textiles. Until the 1970s, it was so great that it was comparable to Daegu. Simdo textile fabrics, Peace fabrics, and Ehwa fabrics were all renowned at the time.

The number of workers at the textile factory reached some 4,000 in Ganghwa-eup alone. However, with modern textile factories built around Daegu and the emergence of man-made fabrics such as nylon, the Ganghwa textile industry is on the decline. Workers and factory machines left the island one by one.

At present, only about 10 Sochang factories are connected by domestic handicrafts.

The factories of which weaving machines were so loud were trapped in time, losing their function. Some were left as abandoned, and some remained only of the building.

Others have transformed into cultural spaces by meeting new owners. Joyang Bangjik textile is one of them.

Founded in 1933 as domestic capital, Joyang Textile was the first rayon factory in Ganghwa.

With the opening of the Joyang textile industry, the Ganghwa textile industry has changed from domestic handicraft to mechanization and has grown in size. As the fabric of Ganghwa fell over the years, the company stopped operating. The building was reduced to a deserted house through a pickled radish factory and a salted fish factory.

The building, which had been badly demolished, met its current owner and became a huge work of art. The story of the time was left in various places by utilizing the factory structure and the structure of over 990㎡

It sells drinks and cakes, but it’s overwhelming to see how big the scale itself is.

The crumbling wall became a fine art gallery and a movie theater, and the long workbench was turned into a coffee table. The space where machines and people left was filled with antiques found in China and Europe. The British-made door with broken windows, a round mirror on an old Czech train were placed naturally as if it had been there.

Opening Hours


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