GanghwaSouth Korea

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Visit Ganghwa

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.

Top Hotels in Ganghwa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ganghwa West Point Pension
Ganghwa West Point Pension
3 out of 5
2293, Haeannam-ro, Hwado-myeon, Ganghwa, Incheon
¥4,065
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9

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 ...

Ganghwa West Point Pension
Healing 11st Pension
Healing 11st Pension
3 out of 5
11, Haeannam-ro 2449beon-gil, Hwado-myeon, Ganghwa, Incheon
¥9,956
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
강화에 오면 힐링11번가 무조건!

"가족3인 (성인) 카모마일 복층에 묵었어요. 펜션 위치가 너무 좋아요. 한적한 바다가 바로 보이는데 일몰 보는게 너무 행복했어요. 정원도 너무 아름답게 꾸며져 있고 저는 고양이 무서워했는데 여기 고양이들은 너무 귀여워서 반했어요. 시설도 좋아요. 사실 인테리어에 놀랐어요. 사장님 안목이 대단하신듯. 작은 것 하나하나까지도 집에 나도 사고 싶을 정도로 센스가 뛰어났어요. 실용성과 편의성도 잘 되어있습니다. 간단한 조리도 할수 있게 되어있고 층마다 테라스가 있어서 너무 좋았습니다 .카모마일 룸 복층에 있는 자쿠지도 밖을 보면서 즐기기에 ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

Healing 11st Pension
Hotel Everrich
Hotel Everrich
3.5 out of 5
43, Hwaseong-gil 50beon-gil, Ganghwa, Incheon
¥7,240
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

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! (175 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

Popular things to do in Ganghwa

Jeondeungsa Temple
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Jeondeungsa Temple

3/5(1 review)

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

4.5/5(14 reviews)

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

4/5(18 reviews)

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

Top activities in Ganghwa

Ganghwa Island Tour
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Ganghwa Island Tour

¥11,134

Escape the hustle and bustle of Seoul and travel to Ganghwa Island, rich in Korean history and culture. Visit the Ganghwa History Museum, marvel at the peaceful Jeondeung Temple, see fascinating dolmens, and stop at the Goryeogung Palace Site.

Ganghwa Island Excursion
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Ganghwa Island Excursion

¥35,536

Discover Ganghwa Island's unique architectural landmarks and rich heritage on this full-day tour from Seoul. Journey through lush green landscapes, marvel at over 120 megalithic tombs, enjoy scenic views of Gyeonggi and its surrounding region, and visit the ancient Jeondeungsa temple.

Ganghwa County Private Car Charter
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Ganghwa County Private Car Charter

¥35,753

Explore Ganghwa County and discover the area’s most popular attractions including Chojijin Fortress, Jeondeungsa Temple, Ganghwa Folk Flea Market and more with a private 9-hour car charter complete with the services of a professional English-speaking driver, parking and toll fees.