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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.