Love UNESCO sites, spas, and temples? Get away to Ganghwa!

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.

Known for

UNESCO Site, Ferries and Spas

Where to stay in Ganghwa

Jung-gu
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Jung-gu

Golf, Islands, Sunrises

Noted for its coffeehouses and seaside views, there's plenty to explore in Jung-gu. Top attractions like Incheon Bridge and Port of Incheon are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Incheon International Airport Station or Incheon international Airport Cargo Terminal Station to see more of the city.

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Top Hotels in Ganghwa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Everrich
3.5 out of 5
43, Hwaseong-gil 50beon-gil, Ganghwa, Incheon
¥6,967/night
Aug 20 - Aug 21
3.8/5Good! (166 reviews)

"It was relatively a good hotel compare to other accomodations in the area. Reception staffs were friendly. Shower room was a bit odd, the booth and toilet room shares one sliding door. Showerbooth could be cleaner. Also They need to work on the drainage as water wouldn’t go down easily after the ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

Hotel Everrich
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Healing 11st Pension
3 out of 5
11, Haeannam-ro 2449beon-gil, Hwado-myeon, Ganghwa, Incheon
¥9,580/night
Aug 27 - Aug 28
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)

"강화도 여행."…"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2019

Healing 11st Pension
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Hyoui Youm Pension
2.5 out of 5
906-20, Gobigogae-ro, Naega-myeon, Ganghwa, Incheon
¥5,635/night
Aug 30 - Aug 31
3.4/5 (17 reviews)

"사장님 너무너무 친절하시고 바베큐 먹을때 모기 안물리게 퇴치제도 준비해주셨어요!! 바베큐 불도 너무너무 좋았고 수영장도 재미있고 숙소도 깨끗하고 너무 좋아서 다음번에 또 가기로 했답니다~~~~~^^"…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2019

Hyoui Youm Pension

Popular things to do in Ganghwa

Jeondeungsa Temple
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Jeondeungsa Temple

Find peace at this ancient temple, a beautiful masterpiece of Joseon Dynasty architecture that is surrounded by lush green forest. 

Songdo Central Park
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Songdo Central Park

Find a pleasant oasis along the water in this large, bustling city. Canoe, ride a bike, relax on the lawn or visit rabbits and deer.

Port of Incheon
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Port of Incheon

Explore the waterfront in Incheon with a trip to Port of Incheon. Wander the Chinatown and waterfront in the area.