Ganghwa Historic Museum
Since Ganghwa Island has a variety of historical
remains such as old battlefields and mountain castles to name a
few, it takes much time to look all around. This is why you should
start your journey of Ganghwa with Ganghwa Historic Museum, where
you can get specific information about the island's historical sites,
helping you decide where to visit and wisely save time. Especially
those who don't have enough time shouldn't miss to stop in at this
representative place of Ganghwa.
It opened On September 14, 1988, 5 years after
the construction plan was mapped out in 1984. The history of Incheon
including Ganghwa is sorted out in four exhibition halls according
to period; prehistory, Unified Shilla, Goryo and Joseon. They show
quite a number of remains related to wars including three-pronged
spears and chivalrous nives, providing a vivid picture of then defensive
efforts. Right next to the historical center, there is Kapgotdondae.
When Ganghwa was the capital during the Goryo Dynasty (1232-1270),
it was an important fortress to keep the Ganghwa Straight from foreign
invasion for as long as 39 years. A trifoliate orange tree is standing
between Ganghwa Historic Museum and Kapgotdondae. That is the far
northern natural monument on the west coast.