Meeting at City Hall Subway Station with your friendly tour guide at AM 08:50.
The tour starts at AM 08:50 at City Hall Station Exit No 1 (Subway line no 1 & 2) with your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. The tour bus will leave at AM 09:00. So, please be at the meeting place no later than AM 09:00.
Our first tour destination is Ganghwa Peace Observatory. It was constructed in the northern area of CCL (Civilian Control Line) in 2008. Since it is a controlled zone for civilians, this area has not been developed much and the foreshore and forest groves are very well preserved. Also, it’s the nearest place where you can see the North Korea and lifestyle of local North Korean since it’s only 1.8km away from North Korea. At the observatory, you can see the North Korea and their lifestyle by telescope. Since the tour guide explains about the North Korea and Korean War history, you will learn and understand about Korea more.
Continue to Ganghwa History Museum and Dolmen Site.
It is opened in 2010 and located inside Ganghwa Dolmen Park which was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Historic Site No.137. You can learn about history and culture of Ganghwa from prehistoric ages to modern times based on artifacts from the area.
After Ganghwa History Museum, you will walk to Dolmen site with your tour guide. You can see very big size dolmen which is a table-type dolmen 2.6meters high.
Then, we are going to Kanggae Merchants which is Red Ginseng Manufacturing Plant. Ginseng is one of the cultural items in Korea. Especially, Ganghwa Island is renowned for its ginseng product. You can learn about Korean Ginseng and see how the Ginseng Product is made. Also you can buy ginseng product if you would like to buy.
Lastly, you will visit to Jeondeungsa Temple. It contains significant architectural works, including the main building Daeungbojeon. You can see names of soldiers written on the walls and columns of Daeungbojeon. These soldiers fought against the French Navy and wrote their names in Jeondeungsa to pray to Buddha for good luck in war. You can also see ten other structures of historical significance at the temple including Yaksajeon (Treasure No. 179), Beomjong Bell (Treasure No. 393, constructed in the 11th century), and Yangheonsu Victory Monument (Tangible Cultural Treasure No. 26).
Finally, the tour will end back in Seoul City Hall. Seoul City Hall is closed with many other tour attractions. So, after the tour, you can have your own schedule easily.