(cancelled) Ganghwa-do

Date: 
Saturday, November 28, 2015 -
8:00am to 6:00pm
Destination(s): 
Ganghwa-do
Cost: 
KRW49,000 for members and 58,800 for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Mrs. Sue J. Bae

Ganghwa is the fifth largest island in Korea and is situated at the mouth of the Han River just south of the DMZ. Because of its location near Songdo (Kaesong) and Seoul, it was used as a place of refuge by kings fleeing from Mongolian and Manchurian armies during the Goryeo and Joseon periods. Ganghwa dominated the sea approach to Seoul and saw several clashes with foreign naval forces just prior to the "opening" of Korea in 1876.

A traditional Korean gate on Ganghwa Island

We will drive one hour to get to Ganghwa-do (Island). Our first stop will be the DukJin-Jin which was originally a naval camp; this fortress was later made into an army command post. Of most interest here is the cannon position with an unobstructed view out over the wide south end of Yomha Channel. It was one of the most strategic of the nine artillery emplacements of the 20-km long wall that ran up the shore. With time permitting, we will visit a beautiful Korean residence in traditional style with a unique Korean garden, owned by Dr. Kim Young Duk. This will be a rare chance to learn about traditional Korean architecture and gardens.

Our next stop will be Cheondeung-sa (Temple of the Inherited Lamp), so named for a jade lamp presented to the temple by a Goryeo queen. Built in 381 A.D. by a famous monk named Ado, this temple contains woodblocks of Buddhist scriptures similar to those carved in Ganghwa during the 13th century that were moved to Haein-sa, west of Daegu, to protect them from the Mongolian invasion.

After leaving the temple, we will visit Korea's oldest Episcopal Church, GamDeok Gyohoe. This structure, built in 1900 by Bishop Charles Corfe, harmoniously combines Christian, Taoist, and Buddhist elements in its overall design. A short distance out of Ganghwa town, we will make a stop at the site of a prehistoric Ganghwa Jiseokmyo (dolmen). This dolmen and the remains of another nearby are unique to Korea.

We will also explore the marketplace where there are plenty of local products and other interesting things to see. You should be aware that Ganghwa is famous for its ginseng and woven mats, and prices for those are somewhat lower than in Seoul.

Participants should be prepared for a fair amount of walking. Our tour will get started from beside the Korean Yongsan Post office (Sinyongsan Station, Subway Line 4, Exit 1) at 8:00 a.m. and return is slated for 6:30 p.m. Cost of the tour is W49,000 for members and for non-members W58,800 and includes transportation and entrance fees. YOU CAN BRING A PICNIC LUNCH OR PURCHASE A KOREAN LUNCH.

To make a reservation, click here OR email the following information to royalasiatickorea@gmail.com by Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

TO: R.A.S.

PLEASE RESERVE SPACE ON THE GANGHWA-DO EXCURSION ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2015 FOR THE FOLLOWING:

NAME: _________________________________ MEMBER _____ NON-MEMBER _____

NAME: _________________________________ MEMBER _____ NON-MEMBER _____

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Please make payment to the following account: Shinhan Bank Account #100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

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