National Security Package Tour in Gangwhado (19)

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  • Time 09:00-17:30 Number of persons 2
    Itinerary
    Hotel → Ganghwado Seashore Driving(NNL) → Ganghwado Peace Observatory → Lunch(Bibimbap) → Jeondeungsa Temple → Gwangseongbo fortress → Ganghwa History Museum → Amethyst or Ginseng Center → Hotel
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Cosmojin travel agency is developing newest tour packages follows customers’ needs and world trend as a company which is managing Seoul daily city tour for foreign tourists for more than 15 years.

Every package is organized with popular sights easy to find by theme and time, and also programs for touring suburb are prepared for who wants to get out of complex Seoul and enjoy relaxed time. Driving out of Seoul in an hour will impress you with unique mood of Korea. We selected only good spots in one hour distance for a day tour.

We are proud of our professional guide services are distinguished from any other travel agencies in satisfaction level. We understand that any meaningful sights could be nothing without professional guide. Also we provide the latest vehicles and clean transportations for satisfying every customer in Seoul city tour. Today, you will earn the interesting, fabulous episodes and not-often-to-hear information about Seoul and Korea.

The best guide, the best customer, and the best sights. I hope you enjoy.

Tour Highlights

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

Jeondeungsa is the most well-known temple in Ganghwa. This temple is not only for praying Buddhist monks or the tourist spot. This is the site of history with the Korean race’s pain and glory from Dangun the legendary founding father of Gojoseon to today.

Since the Stone Age, Ganghwa have many places with many histories at once as the flourished region. Dangun’s three sons build Samrangseong(three-star castle) where the temple is placed. Temple is in a castle which is very uncommon case, thus it has no Four Devas(the four heavenly guardians of Buddhism) and iljumun(one pillar gate) to show where the entrance is.

Enjoy historical background of the love story between King Chungryul and princess from Yuan after climb up to the Jeondeungsa.


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

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

What You Can Expect

You will explore a fascinating island that is often called a microcosm of Korean history at Ganghwado. But, Ganghwado has historically been one of the first targets of many foreign attacks particularly in the late 19th century due to its strategic location 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 which is one of the most famous dolmens in Korea. A 50-ton capstone, 5.5 meters wide 7.1 meters long, and 1 meter thick, rests on two sturdy supporting prop stones. This prehistoric dolmen including many others in Hwasun and Gochang has been registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage for their archaeological value.

Next, stop off at selling diversity of ginseng products from raw roots to extract in Ginseng market. This mysterious root has historically been considered an aphrodisiac and an empowering medicine in Korea. It is effective in recovering the liver's functions, immunity functions and improving anticancer, and treating diabetes, low blood pressure, hypertension, and stress. Ginseng also facilitates recovery from the activation and fatigue of nervous cells. Apart from the ginseng, you will see a typical example of the local market where many elderly women selling homegrown vegetables, fishes, 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. During the late Goryeo period (918-1392) the temple came into prominence when King Gojong commissioned the famous TripitakaKoreana wood blocks to be carved there which are now preserved in Haeinsa temple. You will see Sakyamuni Buddha who is flanked on the left by Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of Perfect Wisdom within the main worship, and the Bodhisattva of Perfect Compassionate Action on the right by Samantabhadra. Look carefully way up in the eaves at the corners of the roof, and there you can just see tiny human figures as you approach the hall, one at each corner. The forsaken carpenter carved his two-timing girl up in the rafters, eternally bearing the burden of her deceitfulness according to one version. 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
- Jeondeungsa
- Goryo Palace Site
- Ganghwa History Museum
- Ganghwa Fortress
- Ganghwa Dolmen

Information

Check out what Gangwhado, the gatekeeper to Korea, an island of safety from attacks strictly from the Mongols during the Joseon era has to offer. 

Tour Included

Guide, Transportation, Admission Fee, Lunch, Hotel Pick up & Drop off Service (in Seoul)

Pick-up & Sending Service


1. Pick-up and drop-off service may be delayed due to traffic.

Payment / Cancelation

1. Cancel by 18:00 one day before the scheduled tour: 100% REFUND (Exception: for DMZ or JSA tours, NO REFUND)
2. Cancel after 18:00 one day before the tour date: cancellation fee of 70% of the tour cost.
3. Cancel at or after the tour begins or no-show: NO REFUND

Note

1. Depending on traffic the order of the tour schedule may change.
2. For your safety, stay with the group and follow the directions of the guide during a group tour.
3. Cosmojin cannot take responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred while on tour.

Course

  • Hotel
  • Ganghwado Peace Observatory

    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.

  • Lunch(Bibimbap)

    Bibimbap (Korean pronunciation: [bibimbap], sometimes anglicized bi bim bap or bi bim bop) is a signature Korean dish. The word literally means "mixed rice". Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang, a salty soybean paste. A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating. In South Korea, Jeonju, Jinju, and Tongyeong are especially famous for their versions of bibimbap. In 2011, it was listed at number 40 on the World's 50 most delicious foods readers' poll compiled by CNN Travel

  • Jeondeungsa Temple

    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 race’s 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 Dangun’s 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 fortress

    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 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.

  • Ganghwa History Museum

    Ganghwado is the fourth biggest size of island in Korea where have various history since prehistoric times to the modern times, and it is also easy to approach from capital area. 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 in 1636 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.

  • Amethyst or Ginseng Center

    The colour of Amethyst is as unique as it is seductive, though in fact this gemstone of all gemstones is said to protect its wearer against seduction. Korean Amethyst is extravagance in violet since it has been formed from granite stone base since 5000 years. Moses described it as a symbol of the Spirit of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews, and the Russian Empress Catherine the Great sent thousands of miners into the Urals to look for it. It was said to protect crops against tempests and locusts, bring good fortune in war and in the hunt, drive out evil spirits and inspire the intellect. 

    Ginseng is renowned for its effectiveness as a great healer for living ever so young.
    Especially if you eat ginseng when you lose your energy, it really helps to regain energy.
    Korea is acknowledged by the world because of the quality of ginseng as if it is the birthplace of ginseng.
    You can experience various kinds of ginseng products like gingersnap, extract, ginseng preserved in honey, and other great quality of products made in Korea.

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