Discover the province of Gyeonggi

 

Province of Gyeonggi, you will discover historical sites while walking along the mountain paths. Like most provinces, it also has towns on the Yellow Sea.

For your general knowledge, the last descendants of the people who lived on Ganghwa Island still live in this part of Korea. The dolmens (single-chamber tombs) over the region are witness to its very long history and are classed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. They lived in a ‘hermit kingdom’, and left their community to mix in with the rest of the Korean people in the middle of the 19th century.

The Bomunsa temple, which is on Seongmodo Island, not far from Ganghwa Island, hides a temple which tells the story of the discovery of 23 statues by a fisherman who caught them in his net and entrusted them to monks.

In the north of this province, there is another aspect of Korean history which is more recent, and which currently causes the country suffering. There are several families separated between North and South Korea due to a war which started 70 years ago. There are kilometres of fencing separating the two areas, and occasionally you can see families coming close to the barbed wire and praying for those who are on the other side.

This situation is reminiscent of the war which split Berlin in two, as well as the several families who had to wait almost 30 years before being reunited. A bus route towards this demilitarized zone, also called DMZ, retraces these conflicts and allows you to see North Korea from the Joint Security Area.

Visit Gyeonggi Province

The Bukhansanseong Fortress is 8,500 metres long and was built to stop foreign invasions. There are several temples to visit, including the “Sangunsa” which was built at the top of the “Bibong” peak and several temples nestled on “Mount Samgaksan”.

 

The long main street of China Town saw the opening of its first Chinese restaurant in 1901, and it is a place that is an integral part of the city and is extremely popular with foreigners.

 

South Korea is at war with North Korea. There is a border that is guarded by American soldiers. You can approach this area and see North Korea in the demilitarised zone.

A trail has been created by the Korean government to allow visitors to see the border from the observatory in the “Joint Security Area”.

 

The Suwon Fortress was built in 1796, is 6 km long and has its four doors placed at the cardinal points of the surrounding wall. There is also a stream running through it.

For example, by passing through the “Hwahongnum” gate, you can walk along by the water and make the most of the green spaces, perfect for a picnic in the grass.

Heyri is a village where artists of all kinds can exhibit their works. Walk through the streets to see the sculptures displayed there. There are also museums and many concerts are organised. A must-see !

 

A number of nearby islands border the Yellow Sea, the island of “Muuido” for example.

 

 

At Icheon , you can indulge yourself, buying superb Korean ceramics and immersing yourself in its hot springs.

 

 

Whether you are with friends or family, have fun in “The Seoul Grand Park”, “Anyang Art Park” and Everland – the Korean equivalent of Disneyland.

 

For information, you go through Incheon if you are going to Seoul by plane because that is the airport that serves the capital. A special bus service makes the trip between the airport and Seoul.