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National Security Package Tour in Gangwhado(19)

  • 쨌 Time 09:00-17:30
    쨌 Number of persons 3
    쨌 Price 120,000 KRW
    쨌 Itinerary
    Hotel 넂 Ganghwado Seashore Driving(NLL) 넂 Ganghwado Peace Observatory 넂 Lunch(Bibimbap) 넂 Jeondeungsa Temple 넂 Gwangseongbo fortress 넂 Ganghwa History Museum 넂 Amethyst or Ginseng Center 넂 Hotel
    쨌 Conditions
    1 Depending on traffic the order of the tour schedule may change.

    Reservation On Website ONLY

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  • Highlight of Tour Spot

    Ganghwa Peace Observatory is opened September 9th, 2008 in the Civilian Control Line in northern forest land of Cheolsan-ri, Yangsa-myeon where was restricted area. It is the place to feel unique northern culture very close.
    There are high performance telescope, experience Ganghwa national defense and provocation of North Korea, comparison national defense power between South and North Korea, unification policy for endless war and the way to gather as the same Korean race, the times and backgrounds of the Korean War, and visual facilities to watch damage conditions of the tragedy in the exhibition room of second floor.
    And observatory in the third floor, you can look around the view of North Korea. Observatory shows life style of North Korean, created town for disguise, Gaeseong Industrial Complex Tower, Songaksan, and various obstacles and also provides screen for bad weathers.

    The most well-known temple in Ganghwa is Jeondeungsa. This temple is not only the tourist spot or only for praying Buddhist monks. This is the site of history with the Korean race셲 glory and pain from Dangun the legendary founding father of Gojoseon to today.
    Ganghwa have many places with many histories at once as the flourished region since the Stone Age. The temple is placed Samrangseong(three-stars castle) where Dangun셲 three sons built. It is very uncommon case that temple is in a castle, thus it has no iljumun(one pillar gate) to show where the entrance is and also no Four Devas(the four heavenly guardians of Buddhism).
    Climb up to the Jeondeungsa and enjoy historical background of the love story between King Chungryul and princess from Yuan.

    Gwangseongbo where General Eo was dead in invasion of U.S warships in 1871 lead other historical military bases and camps in scale. You can see beautiful Yongdudondae(the natural military base) following down a walkway. There are also photos of Gwangseongbo battles when it was used in invasion of invasion of France in 1866, and invasion of U.S. in 1871. Heungseondaewongun(regent , the father of Emperor Kojong) make the Anti-foreign Stele and resolve not to in amity with the West because of this historical accident. Checking out historical backgrounds of site with your children and share the information will make the experiences fresher and easier to remember.

    Ganghwado is the fourth biggest size of island in Korea and easy to approach from capital area where have lively plentiful and histories of Korea. Ganghwa History Museum is the first place to visit before touring Ganghwa to look around its past days at once.
    Ganghwa is perfect for explore cultural heritage. The whole island is the cradle of Korean history including from the Stone Age to Goryeo, Joseon Dynasty. Dolmen in Ganghwa was designated a world heritage site from UNESCO with Hwasun, Jeonnam & Gochang, Jeonbuk. Also Ganghwa is the field that Goryeo army resisted Mongolian army, and fought to win the Manchu War and the western powers in the end of the Joseon Dynasty.
    Ganghwa History Museum in Ganghwa Dolmen Park is essential place to visit to learn the history of Ganghwa and also Korea.

  • Itinerary

    You will explore Ganghwado, a fascinating island that is often called a microcosm of Korean history. But, due to its strategic location, Ganghwado has historically been one of the first targets of many foreign attacks particularly in the late 19th century when Korea unsuccessfully sought to maintain its status as a "Hermit Kingdom."

    Visit Ganghwa History Museum displaying historical records of the entire spectrum of Korean existence, from the mythical foundation of Korea to the opening port to the outside World marked by Ganghwado Treaty signed in February 1876. Near museum is Korea's first Anglican Church, which is a notably unusual church with Western, Korean, Christian, Buddhist and Confucian influences, and Goryeo Palace site where several Goryeo kings resided (1232-1270) during their tenacious 39-year resistance against Mongol invaders.

    You will see Ganghwa Dolmen, one of the most famous dolmens in Korea. A 50-ton capstone, 7.1 meters long, 5.5 meters wide and 1 meter thick, rests on two sturdy supporting prop stones. This prehistoric dolmen including many others in Gochang and Hwasun has been registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage for their archaeological value.

    Next, stop off at Ginseng market selling variety of ginseng products from raw roots to extracts. This mysterious root has historically been considered an empowering medicine and an aphrodisiac in Korea. It is effective in recovering the liver's functions, improving anticancer and immunity functions, and treating diabetes, hypertension, low blood pressure and stress. Ginseng also facilitates recovery from fatigue and the activation of nervous cells. Apart from the ginseng, you will see a typical example of local market where many elderly women selling fishes, home-grown vegetables and grains on the roadsides nearby.

    Jeondeungsa dating back to the 3rd century is an active Buddhist temple providing a glimpse into the Buddhist culture. The temple came into prominence during the late Goryeo period (918-1392) when King Gojong commissioned the famous TripitakaKoreana wood blocks to be carved there which are now preserved in Haeinsa temple. Within the main worship, you will see Sakyamuni Buddha who is flanked on the left by Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of Perfect Wisdom, and on the right by Samantabhadra, the Bodhisattva of Perfect Compassionate Action. As you approach the hall, look carefully way up in the eaves at the corners of the roof, and there you can just see tiny human figures, one at each corner. One version says that the forsaken carpenter carved his two-timing girl up in the rafters, eternally bearing the burden of her deceitfulness. It is also worth noting a dharma bell dating back to 1097. It is the only Chinese bell designated as a Korean treasure.

    Lastly, explore one of the fortresses, Chojijin, that speaks to the battles against the French Navy led by Admiral Pierre-Gustave Roze in October 1866, the American Asia fleet under the commander Roger in 1871, and the collision with the Japanese ship Unyomaru in 1875.

    Tour Highlights
    - Ganghwa History Museum
    - Goryo Palace Site
    - Ganghwa Dolmen
    - Jeondeungsa
    - Ganghwa Fortress

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