Ganghwa

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Ganghwa featuring markets and food as well as an individual female

Discover quiet beaches, UNESCO-listed historic sites including the mysterious dolmens, and vistas across the border to North Korea in this culturally significant district.

With its tranquil rural setting, scenic islands and fascinating history, Ganghwa is a favorite daytrip destination for locals and tourists. Come here to escape the hustle and bustle of Seoul as you explore the many intriguing sites clustered on this collection of islands.

Ganghwa is a county of Incheon and is one of the most northerly areas of South Korea. Visit the Ganghwa Peace Observatory to look across the River Han and see North Korea, the famously isolated country. Inside the observatory, view exhibits and hear stories that will put the separation between the two countries into context.

Take the time to visit the Bugeun-ri Dolmens, which are located on the bus route to the observatory. These UNESCO-listed standing stones are among many similar ones around Ganghwa. Look up at their impressive forms, thought to be tomb stones, and consider how strange it is that very similar structures were built thousands of miles away in Europe, most notably at Stonehenge.

History is not confined to the Dolmens in Ganghwa. Visit a huge array of fortifications, all dating from different periods and built to defend against different attackers. These include Gwangseongbo Fortress, Deokjinjin Fortress and Chojinjin Fortress.

Another popular spot in Ganghwa is Bomunsa Temple. Reach it by taking the ferry to Seokmodo Island. Plan ahead to arrive in time to see the monks on their daily parade. Allow time to admire the beautiful building, with rows and rows of tiny Buddha statues.

In good weather, stop at Dongmak Beach. Stroll along the sand and take a break for lunch or dinner at one of the many seafood restaurants in the area.

Reach Ganghwa from Seoul in about 90 minutes by public transportation. Try to fit as many of its great attractions into one day as you can. Alternatively, stay overnight in one of the hotels built to deal with the area’s growing reputation as an excellent tourist destination.

Sunset Pension
Sunset Pension
3 out of 5
933, Samsannam-ro, Samsan-myeon, Incheon, Incheon
The price is £56 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Situated in Ganghwa, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Seokmodo Mineral Springs and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Bomunsa Temple. Oeopohang Seafood Market ...
3.8/5 Good! (13 reviews)
경치 굿굿~
"2인실 중 취사 시설이 없는 방임을 도착해서 알게 되어 깜놀했어요. 미리 취사 시설이 되는지 문의해 보시는 게 좋을 듯요. 주변 경관 예쁘고, 잘 쉬다 왔습니다."

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2021

Sunset Pension
Hotel Everrich
Hotel Everrich
3.5 out of 5
43, Hwaseong-gil 50beon-gil, Incheon, Incheon
The price is £70 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Situated in Incheon, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Ganghwasanseong Fortress and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Deorimi Art Museum. Munsusanseong Fortress and Goryeosan ...
3.9/5 Good! (251 reviews)
"Clean room"

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2021

Hotel Everrich
Healing 11st Pension
Healing 11st Pension
3 out of 5
11, Haeannam-ro 2449beon-gil, Hwado-myeon, Incheon, Incheon
The price is £77 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Situated in Incheon, this pension is within 9 miles (15 km) of Chamseongdan Altar, Dongmak Beach and Manisan. Oepori Marina Passenger Terminal and Oeopohang ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (51 reviews)
Loved it!
"Awesome and beautiful room! Would definitely recommend it!!"

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2020

Healing 11st Pension
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sunset Pension
Sunset Pension
3 out of 5
933, Samsannam-ro, Samsan-myeon, Incheon, Incheon
Situated in Ganghwa, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Seokmodo Mineral Springs and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Bomunsa Temple. Oeopohang Seafood Market ...
3.8/5 Good! (13 reviews)
경치 굿굿~
"2인실 중 취사 시설이 없는 방임을 도착해서 알게 되어 깜놀했어요. 미리 취사 시설이 되는지 문의해 보시는 게 좋을 듯요. 주변 경관 예쁘고, 잘 쉬다 왔습니다."

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2021

Sunset Pension
Goorm Dari Pension
Goorm Dari Pension
3 out of 5
2272-12, Haeannam-ro Hwado-myeon, Incheon, Incheon
Situated in Ganghwa, this holiday home is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Chamseongdan Altar and within 9 miles (15 km) of Dongmak Beach and Manisan. Ganghwa Luge and Oepori ...
3.3/5 (8 reviews)
"보일러온도를자신이조절할수없다. 그리고바베큐장은좋았고화장실은 괜찮았다. 그리고 이불이약간 버풀이올라왔다 그리고얼룩이졌다.좀공중다리는 불빛이켜져 이뻤다"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2021

Goorm Dari Pension
Yellow Pension Ganghwa
Yellow Pension Ganghwa
3 out of 5
Dongmakri 27-4, Incheon
Situated near the beach, this condo is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dongmak Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Chamseongdan Altar and Manisan. Ganghwa Luge and Jeondeungsa ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (11 reviews)
"주차장 올라가는 길이 너무 급경사여서 불편했음."

Reviewed on 21 May 2021

Yellow Pension Ganghwa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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