[JUNE.] The Exploration of Ganghwa Dolmen Sites

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The Exploration of Ganghwa Dolmen Sites

UNESCO World Heritage: Ganghwa Dolmen Sites

Date: 10 June, 2017 (SAT)

Location: Ganghwa County, Incheon City

– Contents: Exploring the Ganghwa Dolmen sites, which are the most important dolmen sites in the world, and Gwangseongbo, the important fortress of the Joseon Dynasty, to look back on Korea’s long history and visiting the Peace Observatory to form a consensus on the situation of the divided nation.

What to Prepare: camera, comfortable outfit and umbrella in case of rain

– Souvenir for all the participants

Time and Place of Meeting: 09:00A.M, Main entrance of
the Korea National Defense University
(33, Je2jayu-ro, Deogyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do)

 

schedule

Time Content Note
Day 1 ~ 09:00 ∙ Meeting and Departure Korea National Defense University
10:30 ~ 11:30 ∙ Visit Dolmen Sites and Ganghwa Natural & Science Museum Interpreter Guide
11:50 ~ 12:50 ∙ Lunch Korean

Table d’hôte

13:20 ~ 14:00 ∙ Visit Ganghwa Peace Observatory Interpreter Guide
14:50 ~ 15:30 ∙ Visit Gwangseongbo Fortress Interpreter Guide
15:30 ~ ∙ Move to Korea National Defense University and Dismiss

 

Must read information before participating in this program

  1. Ganghwa Dolmen Sites
    Korean dolmen is a type of grave of the Sinsa era, made of huge rocks, which is called one of the remnants of the prehistoric megalithic culture. The megalithic culture refers to a culture in which humans have a certain sense of purpose and make structures using natural stones or processed stones and use them as worship objects or graves. The pyramids of Egypt or the American continents, Stonehenge of England, Carnac Stones of France, and Moai of Easter Island are considered the relics of the megalithic culture.Dolmens are found all over the world, but most of all they are found in Northeast Asia. Among these countries, so many dolmens were found in Korea so that it can be called “the kingdom of dolmens”. Up to now, about 30,000 dolmens have been found in South Korea and nearly 15,000 dolmens in North Korea, representing more than 40 percent of the world’s dolmens.Among the 30,000 high dolmens discovered near Bugeun-ri in Ganghwa, there are dolmens, which are known for not only height but also sophisticated formative beauty, which represents Korea’s dolmen.

  2. Ganghwa Peace Observatory
    The Ganghwa Peace Observatory, which was opened in 2008, is a place from where people can literally see the lives of North Koreans from the closest distance in South Korea. Ganghwa Peace Observatory, located on the civilian access control line, consists of wish for unity building, an exhibition room related to war materials, a view room for North Korea, and an outdoor observation deck. There is a place to serve ancestors outside the building so that the separated families with their hometowns in North Korea can hold ancestral rites while looking toward their hometown.
  3. Ganghwa Gwangseongbo Fortress
    Gwangseongbo was an important military fortress of the Joseon Dynasty that guarded the Ganghwa Strait, which is located at the eastern coast of Ganghwa Island. In 1658, the Gwangseongbo fortress was established for the first time after the Ganghwa external fortress, which was built to prevent the invasion of foreigners in the Goryeo Dynasty, was restored in the Chosun Dynasty.Especially, Gwanseong heights is one of the three heights belonging to Gwangseongbo fortresss. 8,000 Seunggun (army made up of monk) and 4,300 eoyounggun (Army to escort the king) were completed it in 40 days
    The greatest event here was in 1871 with US troops. The United States led the fleet and invaded demanding commerce. At that time, the Korean soldiers who guarded Gwangseongbo fought violently with poorly performing weapons, but were eventually taken down.
    Currently, it becomes a natural park of 200,000 pyeong with a beautiful scenery. Especially, the Yongdudondae (dragon hill) built on the rock of the protruding head like a dragon head boasts its beautiful and picturesque scenery.The Ganghwa Peace Observatory, which was opened in 2008, is a place from where people can literally see the lives of North Koreans from the closest distance in South Korea. Ganghwa Peace Observatory, located on the civilian access control line, consists of wish for unity building, an exhibition room related to war materials, a view room for North Korea, and an outdoor observation deck. There is a place to serve ancestors outside the building so that the separated families with their hometowns in North Korea can hold ancestral rites while looking toward their hometown.
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