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Ganghwa
Travel Guide

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.

Hotel Everrich
Hotel Everrich
3.5 out of 5
43, Hwaseong-gil 50beon-gil, Ganghwa, Incheon
The price is ¥8,038 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Situated in Ganghwa, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Ganghwasanseong Fortress and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Deorimi Art Museum. Goryeosan and Munsusanseong Fortress ...

3.8/5Good! (227 reviews)

"Has nice view due to high location Nice facilities"…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Hotel Everrich
Healing 11st Pension
Healing 11st Pension
3 out of 5
11, Haeannam-ro 2449beon-gil, Hwado-myeon, Ganghwa, Incheon
The price is ¥10,610 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Situated in Ganghwa, this pension is within 9 mi (15 km) of Chamseongdan Altar, Dongmak Beach, and Manisan. Oepori Marina Passenger Terminal and Oeopohang Seafood ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Loved it!

"Awesome and beautiful room! Would definitely recommend it!!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Healing 11st Pension
Hotel Mumu
Hotel Mumu
3 out of 5
12-1, Haeannam-ro 1066beon-gil, Hwado-myeon, Ganghwa, Incheon
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Situated in Ganghwa, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Manisan, Jeondeungsa Temple, and Ganghwa Luge. Dongmak Beach is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

3.8/5Good! (13 reviews)
가족 여행 추천입니다

"프렌치 그레이 아기와 함께 갔어요 너무 추워서 외부 수영장은 못썼고 안에 스파만 사용 했습니다 날씨가 갑자기 추워져서 발코니를 못써서 아쉬워여 화장실도 이뻐요 침대는 너무 덜컹 거립니다...."…"

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2020

Hotel Mumu
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Ganghwa West Point Pension
Ganghwa West Point Pension
3 out of 5
2293, Haeannam-ro, Hwado-myeon, Ganghwa, Incheon
The price is ¥4,332 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15

Situated near the beach, this condo building is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Chamseongdan Altar and within 9 mi (15 km) of Dongmak Beach and Manisan. Oepori Marina Passenger ...

3.9/5Good! (17 reviews)

"깔끔하고 아주 좋습니다 연락도 잘 되고 교통도 매우 좋습니다 할아버지와 강아지 너무 참 위치도 참 좋습니다 좋았습니다"…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Ganghwa West Point Pension
Yellow Pension Ganghwa
Yellow Pension Ganghwa
3 out of 5
Dongmakri 27-4, Ganghwa
The price is ¥13,262 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Situated near the beach, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dongmak Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chamseongdan Altar and Manisan. Jeondeungsa Temple ...

4.4/5Excellent! (8 reviews)
평범한 숙소, 특별한 뷰

"방 구조가 특이했는데 조금 연식이 됐는지 얼룩이 곳곳에 보이고 아주 깔끔해 보이진 않았음. 그래도 청소는 잘 되어 있어서 청결이 나쁜건 아님. 그리고 화장실이 가운데 있는데 방음이 안되는 구조여서 변기 쓸 때 주의해야함. 방에 인덕션이랑 전자렌지가 있지만 고기는 못구워먹게 되어 있어서 어쩔수 없이 야외 바베큐를 이용할 수밖에 없었는데(별도 이용료 15000원 있음)... 야외 바다뷰가 무지 예뻐서 방에서 밥 먹었으면 후회할 뻔. 리셉션에 바베큐 이용시간 미리 말씀드리면 불 준비해주시는데 친절하게 잘 준비해주셔서 너무 즐겁게 잘 ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Yellow Pension Ganghwa
Konzert Pension
Konzert Pension
3 out of 5
2166-53, Haeannam-ro, Hwado-myeon, \N, Ganghwa, Incheon
The price is ¥5,849 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Situated in Ganghwa, this condo building is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Manisan and within 9 mi (15 km) of Chamseongdan Altar and Dongmak Beach. Ganghwa Luge and Oepori ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
사장님 친철 감사

"숙소는 깨끗하고 좋았는데 체크아웃 시간이 좀더 길면 좋겠어요 근데 바베큐 하는데 야채 부족하다고 하니 주인님 텃밭에서 즉석으로 따서 먹게 해주셔서 감사 했습니다"…"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Konzert Pension
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