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The Herald of Spring,

Azalea festival at Mt. Goryeo
April! Spring is in the air.
Apricot flowers dye all around the country, followed by cornelian cherry flowers, forsythia, cherry blossoms, and canola.
Everyone is anxious not to lose the beauty.Mt. Goryeo, located in Ganghwa, is one of the best places for springtime picnickers.

The beauty of Mt. Goryeo is not limited to a certain season.
The old woods in the mountain, which bears the legacy of the Goryeo Dynasty, present a picturesque scene.
In addition, temples - Baekryunsa and Jeokseoksa, and cultural assets – dolmens and Oryunji also attract many visitors.
Nakjobong, on top of the mountain at the rear of Jeokseoksa, is one the “8 Scenic View of Ganghwa.”
The sunset view from there is giving visitors a feeling of “what a life is.”

In every spring time, the mountain changes its appearance.
Enduring severe winter, azaleas begin to blossom.
It looks like someone spills pink paints over the ridges along the summits.
From Buksayeon to peak 355, about 1 km, there are only you and azaleas.
A saying goes “There is a person who has never been there, but nobody takes it their last trip.”
It’s a mountain at an altitude of 436 meter. There are several courses for azalea habitats – Backryunsa, Cheongryunsa, Gobigogae, Jeokseoksa, Mikkujigogae, but the favorite one is “Backryunsa” course.
During the festival, vehicles are prohibited. Visitors should park their cars at Dolmen Square and walk to the territories.
But seeing the beauty, smelling the scent, and absorbing the atmosphere take you to the top without realizing it.
The peak overlooks Ganghwado and the Han River across the pink color dying the mountain sides.
Everything stops and slows. Laughter flows in people who are busy collecting memories for the time.
It is more beautiful than the flowers.
Let’s visit an azalea festival at Mt. Goryeo in spring, if you want to put down worldly worries even for a moment.
Don’t forget to try the local specialties - broiled eels and seasoned large-eyed herrings after the trail.
The visit will last in your life for the time being.
  • The azalea festival at Mt. Goryeo
    • Time: every Aprils
    • Venue: Dolmen Square in Ganghwa-gun and Mt. Goryeo
    • Host: The Committee of Ganghwa-gun Cultural Festival
    • Fee: free
    • Events: azaleas experience, azalea-photo contest, azalea-postcards contest (only at weekends)
    • Information: ☎032-930-3621~3 (Ganghwa-gun office)
  • Hiking courses
    • Course 1 (Baekryunsa – azalea habitats)
      Length: 3.7km, the time required: 1 hour 20 minutes
      Dolmen square [2.1km: 48 minutes] > Baekryunsa [0.9km: 18 minutes] > the summit of Mt. Goryeo [0.7km: 14 minutes] > azalea habitats
    • Course 2 (Cheonryunsa – azalea habitats)
      Length: 2.9km, the time required: 1 hour
      Community Center at Gukhwari [0.5km: 12 minutes] > Cheonryunsa [1.7km: 34 minutes] > the summit of Mt. Goryeo [0.7km: 14 minutes] > azalea habitats
    • Course 3 (Gobigogae – azalea habitats)
      Length: 2.4 km, the time required: 1 hour
      Gobigogae [1.7km: 34 minutes] > the summit of Mt. Goryeo [0.7km: 14 minutes] > azalea habitats
    • Course 4 (Jeokseoksa – azalea habitats)
      Length: 5.2km, the time required: 1 hour 50 minutes
      Community Center at Gocheonri [2.3km: 46 minutes] > Jeokseoksa [0.3km: 6 minutes] > Nakjobong [1.4km: 28 minutes] > Dolmens [1.2km: 24minutes] > azalea habitats
    • Course 5 (Mikkujogogae – azalea habitats)
      Length: 5.8km, the time required: 2 hour
      Mikkujigogae [3.2km: 64 minutes] > Nakjobong [1.4km: 28minites] > Dolmens [1.2km: 24 minutes] > azalea habitats
  • Bus (Required a transfer at Ganghwa-eup Terminal)
    • Songjeong Station (88, 3000):
      At the gate 1 of Songjeong Station, Line 5, take buses toward Ganghwa
    • Sinchon (3000, at an interval of 10 minutes):
      At the front of Artleon Theater at Sinchon, take express buses
      Sinchon(Artleon Theater) → Songjeong Station → Gochon → Gimpo → Masong → Ganghwa Terminal
      Please note that buses no. 3100 take you to Hwado terminal
    • Youngdeungpo (88, at an interval of 15 - 20 minutes):
      Youngdeungpo (Sinsegye Department Store) → Songjeong Station → Gochon → Gimpo → Masong → Ganghwa Terminal
    • Isan(96, at an interval of 20 - 40 minutes):
      Isan Lake Park (a court across Westerndome) → Madu Station → Baekseok Station → Gimpo Cityhall → Masong → Ganghwa Terminal → Seomun
    • Incheon (70, 90, 700, 800)
      70 (at an interval of 25 minutes): Incheon Terminal (Agri-product center) → Seokbawi → Jemulpo → Geomdan → Yanggok → Masong → Ganghwa Terminal
      90 (at an interval of 15 minutes): Bupyung Station (at Kookmn Bank) → Gyesandong → Geomdan → Yanggok → Masong → Ganghwa Terminal
      700 (at an interval of 40 minutes): Incheon Terminal (Agri-product center) → Dongam Station → Seoknamdong → Geomdan intersection → Yanggok → Daegot → Choji Br. → Ganghwa Terminal
      800 (at an interval of 50 minutes): Incheon Terminal (Agri-product center) → Gil Hospital → Incheon Medical Center → Seo-gu Office → Geomdan → Yanggok → Masong → Ganghwa Terminal
  • Car (Address for navigation)
    • Course 1(Baekryunsa): 994-19 Gwangdaero Hajeom-meon, Gwangwa-gun (350 Bugeun-ri, Hajeom-meon)
    • Course 2(Cheonryunsa): 188 Gibogogae-ro, Gwangwa-eup, Gwangwa-gun (599-2 Gukhwa-ri, Gwangwa-eup)
    • Course 3(Gobigogae): San 145-1 Gocheon-ri, Naega-meon, Gwangwa-gun
    • Course 4(Jeokseoksa): 8 Yeonchon-gil, Naega-meon, Gwangwa-gun (251 Gocheon-ri, Naega-meon)
    • Course 5(Mikkujigogae): 511 Gwangwase-ro, Hajeom-meon, Gwangwa-gun (371-1 Mangwol-ri, Hajeom-meon)