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Dongkwang Textile Living Culture Center: A Nostalgic Retro Haven

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Last May, the Dongkwang Textile Living Culture Center was transformed into a vibrant cultural space. This site was once a textile factory that represented Ganghwa-gun’s textile industry alongside Simdo Textile and Joyang Textile. After years of abandonment, Ganghwa-gun acquired the land in 2020, giving birth to this regional cultural gem.

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The Glory Days of Ganghwa as a Thriving Textile Manufacturing Site

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Nestled in a tranquil residential area, Dongkwang Textile Living Culture Center, a gray brick building, boasts numerous windows and is surrounded by pristine grounds. Finding your way here, even on your first visit, is a breeze.

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Step inside to find a cozy lobby, and the Dongkwang Textile Sochang Factory and rest area are on either side. On the second floor, a charming book café and quaint terrace await.

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Its most unique space is the Dongkwang Textile Sochang Factory. Also known as cotton fabric, “sochang” is a traditional Korean folk fabric used for making baby cloth diapers.

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Ganghwa enjoyed a thriving textile industry during the 1960s to 1970s. Dongkwang Textile was a key player in the industry’s revival in Ganghwa. However, with the introduction of low-cost synthetic fibers, the industry faced a decline, leading to the factory’s closure.

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Dongkwang Textile Sochang Factory is a place where you can witness the history of Ganghwa. Together with the long cotton fabric on the ceiling, you can find machines that were used to craft fabric, including a warper, sizing machine, coiling machine, winder, spin-dryer, and gluing machine. While these machines may seem unfamiliar, they transport you to the world of the old textile factory.

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The transformation of old textile factories into new spaces is not new. Joyang Textile and Pyeonghwa Textile have become a café and Sochang experience center, respectively. These closed factories are now reborn as cultural spaces, preserving the captivating memories of their bustling past.

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Reception Room Operated by Locals

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The adjacent rest zone boasts a unique atmosphere. It features a photo zone with a chair and studio lighting alongside a wall screen showcasing the history of Ganghwa Sochang Factory. Comfy chairs are also available for your relaxation.

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Between the factory rest zone and Sochang Factory is a small, stylish lobby. In front of a long table is an entrance with a large glass door that lets in natural light. This space is operated by friendly local residents, welcoming visitors to unwind.

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Upstairs, the book café offers another spot to relax. Equipped with cozy chairs, tables, and a wall filled with books, this place can give you a brief respite even if you don’t plan to read. If you open the door on the opposite side, you’ll discover an outdoor terrace to soak in the fresh breeze at a table and chair.

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Although Dongkwang Textile Living Culture Center is a small space primarily catering to local residents, it is a captivating place that preserves the charm of an old textile factory, unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Best of all, all areas are open to everyone for free, making it a must-visit “newtro” tourist attraction in Ganghwa, in addition to being a local cultural hub.

  • Address 35, Nammunan-gil, Ganghwa-eup, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
  • Tel. No. +82-32-934-8708
  • Opening Hours Tuesday–Sunday, 09:00–18:00, Break 12:00–13:00, Closed on Mondays
  • Fees Free of charge
※ The information above may have changed since the initial registration date. Be sure to check before you travel.