If you like exploring one country’s culture and you are looking for a place near to Seoul to enjoy your weekend. Then Ganghwa is one of good places. Let me share with you my experience about how to have a great day full of amazing experiences in Ganghwa.
Let’s start with Mega LUGE
This is a must-do if you go to Ganghwa because Mega Luge at Ganghwa seaside resort is the largest luge track in Asia and it’s extremely fun. I have come here twice to race and still want to go there when I have time.
After buying ticket, you have to take a helmet then take a gondola ride to go to the top of the mountain.
Don’t race right after arriving , let’s take some time to admire the scenery. From the top of the mountain you can enjoy the wide and deep blue ocean views, take a memory photo here and then go to the race lane.
There are 2 lanes for you to choose. The right lane is for the beginner because its slope is not as steep as the left lane. The left one is steeper. Anyways I ride at the left lane since the first time.
Opening hours:9am – 9pm during summer, 9am/10am – 6/7pm during winter
Admission fees: Weekdays: 12 000 won for individuals / Weekend: 15,000 won for individuals
Experiencing Hanbok at Ganghwa Tourism Platform
At Ganghwa Tourism Platform, you can wear Hanbok. One thing special about hanbok here is that they are Goryeo Dynasty hanbok. It’s a little different with the style that you usually see and wear around Royal Palaces in Seoul.
Morever you also can play VR game, create a post card by traditional way and all those experiences are free.
Opening hours: 10 AM ~ 6 PM
Admission fees: Free
Address: 3rd floor at Building B, Ganghwadaero-gil, Ganghwa-eup, Ganghw-gun
Designing your own handkerchief
Sochang industry was very prosperous in Ganghwa-do. Sochang, also called Ganghwa silk, is a type of cotton that is commonly used for baby diapers or blanket linings. At Sochang experience Center where is used to be a dope dyeing factories.
You can design your own handkerchief with stamps and also can understand more about history of Sochang silk.
There is a tea room here. After finishing making handkerchief, the staff also called us to pass by the tea room but unfortunately we didn’t have enough time.
Opening hours: 10 AM ~ 6 PM (closed on Monday)
Entrance fee: free
Experience: 20 mins (free) but you have to book in advance.
Phone number: 032-934-2500
Wovening Hwamunseok, a Korea sedge mat
Hwamunseok is a high quality woven sedge mat in Korea and it is refined handicraft since Goryeo Dynasty. It is cool and absorbs moisture well in the summer, while also preventing chill in the winter.
The sedge mat woven artist will introduce you about Hwamunseok. You will take a tour to visit their special produces.
And finally is woven sedge mat lesson.
Experience fee: 8,000 won ~ 16,000 won due to styles of mat
Opening hours: 10 AM ~ 6 PM
Reservation phone number: 032) 934-6858~9
Café time at Joyangbangjik
Joyangbangjik cafe was a former textile factory in Ganghwa. It was built in 1933 and has reopened as a large cafe, gallery and art space and that makes this cafe so unique. You may feel a little creepy here. Anyways every corners of Joyangbangjik is instaworthy.
They serve drink and dessert here. I ordered a cup of chocolatte. It was good.
TIP: This cafe shop is quite crowded so you should order your drink first.
Opening hours: 11:00 ~ 21:00
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