Top Choice Palace in Ganghwado

Goryeogungji Palace

The partially restored remains of a small palace, dating back to the Goryeo dynasty (918–1392), sit on a hillside in Ganghwa-eup. The palace was completed around 1234, a few years after King Gojong moved his capital…
Top Choice Beach in Deokjeokdo

Seopori Beach

The spectacular 2km-long Seopori Beach, located along Deokjeokdo's southern shore and backed by a thick grove of 200-year-old pine trees, is a sleepy sanctuary of pristine nature and the main island attraction for t…
Archaeological Site in Ganghwado

Ganghwa Dolmen Park

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 (the two 'door' stones are missing). Dating to the Bronze Age…
Temple in Ganghwado


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.…
Mountain in Ganghwado


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 4pm), a large stone altar said to have been originally built an…
Arts Centre in Incheon

Incheon Art Platform

This attractive complex of 1930s and ‘40s brick warehouses was turned over to the Incheon Foundation for Arts and Culture, which has created gallery spaces and artist residency studios. Performances and events are a…
Market in Incheon

Incheon Fish Market

This large fish and seafood market has row upon row of vendors hawking every kind of edible sea beast, which can be consumed right here at several small restaurants and cafes. Bus 12 or 24 will get you here from Don…
Area in Incheon


Historically notable as the site of the Incheon Landing Operations during the Korean War, today the former island of Wolmi (it was joined to the mainland in 1989), is a leisure area offering a Coney Island–style wat…
Notable Building in Songdo International City


This 150m-tall Songdo landmark has sensational 360° views from its IFEZ Observatory on the 33rd floor. From here you can see just how many empty city blocks there are left to fill, as glossy propaganda videos espous…
Museum in Ganghwado

Ganghwa History Museum

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 continue up to the US Navy attack on the island in 1871.