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Come to Ganghwa Island, a roofless history museum where you can experience Korea's old traditions and history. As a sacred ground for the foundation of the country, Korean history starts in Ganghwa, where Dangun dedicated a sacrifice to Heaven at Chamseongdan altar atop of Mt. Manisan. Ganghwa was an important frontier for defending the capital city from the invasion of foreign powers due to its geographical features and therefore it was a military base for frontline defense. Having played an important part in protecting the rest of Korea during a time of invasion and plunder, Ganghwa Island has become a history book in itself. Let's go on a trip to Ganghwa, where the glorious history and culture from prehistoric times, the period of Three States, Goryeo Dynasty, Chosun Dynasty, all the way up to the modern era is is alive and well. The schedule for this trip includes visiting the UNESCO World Heritage sites and an audio book introducing attractions in English, Chinese, and Japanese.
Take a trip to the mysterious island, Ganghwa to experience Korean traditions and history! 1. Come to Gapgot Fortification where the 30-year war with the descendants of the Genghis Khan took place 2. Learn about Korean war history at Ganghwa War Museum 3. Experience healing in the Ganghwa Anglican Church, an architectural centerpiece that combines the designs of the East and the West. 4. Feel the history at the Goryeo Palace Site, a miniature of Goryeo’s Capital Gaegyeong. 5. A chance to taste Korean traditional food that used to be served to Korean kings! 6. Visit the Ganghwa Dolmen which have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 7. In a country that is in a state of truce, Ganghwa Peace Observatory will be a special highlight, as it'll allow you to catch a glimpse of life on the North Korean side. Option 1 or 2 Option 1. Enjoy a stroll, make a wish in the oldest temple in Korea "Jeondeungsa", and enjoy delicious tea in a traditional tea house. Option 2. At the beautiful temple Bomunsa, overlooking the sea, you can enjoy the wonderful scenery and see Buddhists making offerings to Buddha by taking a deep bow.
Van transportation, Guide, Admission.
Lunch, Tourist insurance, Personal expenses
Pick up at 8:15 am
* Pick up location & TIme
Am 8:15 Dongdaemun History & Culture Park st. exit 8
Am 8:30 Myeondong st. exit 6
Am 9:00 Hongik Univ. st. exit 2
1. Gapgot Fortification - 30-year war with Genghis Khan (10:00-10:30)
Gapgot Fortification has played a big role in defending the Ganghwa Sea ever since the war against Mongolia from 1232-1679. There is a myth that the name comes from Koreans lamenting the Mongolian army being able to cross the sea just by taking off their armor and filling the sea. Iseobjeong, a pavilion where diplomatic negotiations with Mongolia took place during the Goryeo Dynasty period can be visited, and the actual cannon that was used against the Japanese ships that invaded Korea from the sea during the Joseon Dynasty is on display. Let’s time travel to the Gapgot Fortification that used to be the major stage for standing up to foreign aggression and an important fortress of national defense.
2. Ganghwa War Museum - Korean War history at a glance (10:30-11:00)
Due to its geographical features Ganghwa experienced many wars to protect the capital Seoul from the invasion of foreign powers,. Take a look at historical moments from prehistoric times to the period of Three States, Goryeo Dynasty, Joseon Dynasty, and modern times at the “Ganghwa War Museum”.
3. Healing at the Ganghwa Anglican Church of Korea, an architectural centerpiece that combines the designs of the East and the West (11:00-11:30)
Ganghwa Anglican Church is the first Anglican Church in Korea. Built in 1900, the church features a traditional Korean architectural style on the outside, but the inside was built in the style of basilicas of the Western church. Due to this harmony of two architectural styles, the church is considered a centerpiece created by the East and the West. The ground of the cathedral is shaped like a ship and it symbolizes the ark of salvation. There is a cathedral entrance at the bow of the ship, a cathedral temple at the center, and a priest’s office at the stern, completing an architecturally beautiful exterior. Ganghwa Anglican Church has high cultural and historical value and it provides a special experience for the visitors.
4. A miniature of Goryeo Dynasty’s Capital Gaegyeong, “Goryeo Palace Site” (11:30-12:00)
In order to combat the invasion of the Mongol empire led by Genghis Khan, the capital was transferred to Ganghwa Island in 1232. At the time, the island had a military base which was built there due to the island's great natural conditions for defense, as well as the Goryeo Palace Site.The Royal Court transferred the capital from Gaegyeong to Ganghwa for 39 years and the island is therefore called the miniature of the Goyryeo Gaegyeong. In 1270, the invasion of the Mongolian army destroyed the castle, so nowadays it is just a vacant plot of land with no buildings. Today, only restored buildings remain, such as the Ganghwa Yusu-bu Dongheon county office, Ibangcheong, the administration office of government personnel management affairs, and Jonggak that houses a bell. The area has become a place for the people of Korea to remember their history.
5. Lunch time - An opportunity to taste Korean traditional food that used to be served for the Korean kings (12:00-13:00)
You will be able to try food that was served to Korean kings in the past, including mukbap cooked with sliced acorn jelly with soup and vegetables, and Korean barbecue seasoned with salted shrimp sauce, the Ganghwa specialty. Visitors can try out healthy traditional Korean food.
6. The world's best-looking dolmen Ganghwa dolmens (13:00-13:30)
Approximately 70,000 dolmens have been found around the world and about 30,000 units have been found in Korea. With close to half of the world's dolmens in Korea, the country is often called the dolmens paradise. Among these, about 150 dolmens are located in Ganghwa. In particular, Ganghwa dolmens have an oblique slope, but are perfectly centered and the most balanced northern dolmens in the world. Ganghwa dolmens are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a trip to the prehistoric times on Ganghwa Island!
7. Ganghwa Peace Observatory where you can catch a glimpse of life on the North Korean side (13:45-14:15)
At Ganghwa Peace Observatory, visitors can see North Korea even without binoculars. The distance to North Korea is only 1.8 km and it is the nearest observatory to North Korea in all of South Korea. You can use the binoculars (500 won) to take a closer look at North Korea. You will be able to see Songseok Mountain in Gaeseong in the front, the villagers, spread over the wide plains and fields, the camouflaged village for propaganda, the Gaeseong Transmission Tower, and the tractors going back and forth during the rice-planting season. From this observatory you can see a unique glimpse of life on the North Korean side without the presence of military tensions.
8. Option1 or 2 (15:15-16:00)
Option 1 or 2 will be your choice.
Option 1 is good for healing by taking a comfortable walk and taking in the quiet atmosphere of the oldest temple in Korea.
Option 2 is going to be a bit more strenuous as you will be crossing the sea, but you will be able to enjoy the fantastic sea and mountain scenery.
Option 1. The oldest temple in Korea- Jeondeungsa
Jeondeungsa is the oldest Korean temple with a history spanning 1600 years. At Daeungbojeon Hall, you can see a sculpture of a naked woman holding up the roof, who, according to legend was punished for betraying a carpenter. A small model house on the altar meant for worshiping Buddha and a dragon decoration with four heads coming out of each corner of the ceiling add beauty to the space. Layered lotus and peony petals around the ceiling give the room an even more elegant look. Jukrimdawon, which means a tea house in a bamboo grove, is a place where visitors can take a break and relax. Originally it was a guard post for monk soldiers protecting Jundeungsa and Samrangseong. When the weather is warm, visitors can enjoy the quiet and still atmosphere and scenery around the temple with a cup of tea. When the weather is cold, visitors can go inside the tea house and feel the unique warmth of the oriental wooden interior as they enjoy a cup of tea. In addition, you can purchase unique souvenirs, such as hand-made ceramics and charming porcelain animal ornaments.
Option 2. Bomunsa, a beautiful temple overlooking the sea
After crossing the sea, and walking across the island, you will finally reach Bomunsa. Built in 635 AD, it is a temple with a millennium of history. A fisherman who went to the sea with a dream of coming back with a full load of fish threw a net into the sea and caught 22 stones shaped like a man. According to the advice of an old monk that appeared in his dream, he took the stones to a famous mountain, but the stones suddenly got heavy to an extent that he could not move them anymore. So, he built a temple to worship Buddha on the spot, which is now known as Bomunsa.
In Buddhism, the reason for taking a deep bow is to express respect for Buddha, his teachings, monks, and other people. Taking a deep bow itself is an excellent method of practicing asceticism and it is said to build merit. In Korea, there are many people who bow deeply for exercise, without any religious meaning. At the temple, visitors can learn to take a deep bow to experience the Buddhist tradition. In addition, visitors can also make a special prayer wish at Bomunsa. Choose a color from green, yellow, purple, or orange, write down the wishes, and place the paper in glass bottles. After 100 days of hanging, the monks burn the wishes in a ceremony praying for the wishes to come true. Visitors can experience a special wish fulfillment prayer at Bomunsa.
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