Ganghwado Island off the west coast is the fifth largest island in Korea. The island was connected to the mainland in 1970 with the construction of Ganghwagyo Bridge. Another larger bridge, Ganghwadaegyo Bridge, was built in 1997, making it easier than ever to travel to Ganghwado Island from Seoul and Incheon areas. The island is home to Chamseongdan Altar on top of Manisan Mountain on the southern coast. This said to be where Dangunwanggeom offered sacrificial rites to the heavens. Another important item of note on Ganghwado Island is the collection of stone dolmens, a UNESCO-recognized world heritage. Ganghwa Island has many famous local products, including the medicinally effective Ganghwa ginseng and hwamunseok, a mat woven with flower patterns. Hwamunseok is famous also as a representative traditional Korean product for its intricate handwork and designs.

  • Address: Ganghwa-daero, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
  • Phone Number: +82-32-934-7500
  • Directions: From Hapjeong Station, go to the bus stop in the middle of the road between exits 10 and 5. Take the 3000 bus. It takes about 1 hour 20 minutes.