Gyeonggi-do & Incheon

Situated high in the pine-forested hills of the west-coast island of Seongmodo, this temple has some superbly ornate painting on the eaves of its buildings. The grotto and 10m-tall Buddha rock carving are standouts. The walk to reach Bomun-sa is steep and has many stairs – catch your breath at the top.

To get here, take bus 31 or 35 from Ganghwa bus terminal, which crosses a road bridge over to Seongmodo (one hour).

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1. Mani-san

7.87 MILES

It's a steep one-hour climb, with more than 900 steps, to reach the top of scenic Mani-san (469m). At its summit you'll find Chamseongdan (참성단; 10am to…

2. Ganghwa History Museum

8.66 MILES

Covering 5000 years of the island’s history, the exhibits at this imaginative museum start with Ganghwa's ancient (and Unesco-listed) dolmen sites and…

3. Ganghwa Dolmen Park

8.68 MILES

Skip across this grassy field beside Ganghwa History Museum to marvel at Bugeun-ri Dolmen (부근리 고인돌), a trio of giant stones hefted into a megalithic tomb …

4. West Gate

9.59 MILES

A reconstruction of the old Joseon dynasty-era gate to Goryeogungji Palace just beside the modern road. A water gate crosses the stream just to the south…

5. Jeondeung-sa

9.85 MILES

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6. Goryeogungji Palace

10.07 MILES

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7. Gapgot Dondae

11.21 MILES

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8. Ganghwa Peace Observatory

11.39 MILES

This multiplex observatory just 2km from North Korea offers prime views into the 'hermit kingdom'. Through binoculars (₩500 for two minutes) you can spy…