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Hwagae Garden on Gyodongdo Island

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Gyodongdo Island, often referred to as the “Island with Stopped Time,” underwent slow development over the years. In 2014, the construction of a bridge connecting Ganghwado Island and Gyodongdo Island brought a newfound vibrancy to the area. Discover how Hwagae Garden has brought joy and solace to the island’s residents, who once felt isolated from outside visitors.

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The First Local Garden in Incheon: Hwagae Garden

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Throughout its history, from the Three Kingdoms period to the Korean War, Gyodongdo Island served as a strategic defense point for the ocean and the capital. It was not easily accessible, having been a place of exile for royalty and nobles during the Goryeo and Joseon Dynasties. Even today, visitors can only enter after obtaining a temporary pass through a QR code in front of the Gyodongdaegyo Bridge checkpoint. Are you excited to explore the mysterious Hwagae Garden?

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Perched on Hwagaesan Mountain, the highest mountain on Gyodongdo Island, Hwagae Garden takes its name from the mountain’s shape, which resembles a cauldron lid. As the first local garden in Incheon, it was created with the hope that many people would relish the breathtaking views of South and North Korea from the summit.

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As you step into Hwagae Garden, you will be greeted by various trees, flowers, and shrubs. The garden is divided into five sections, each reflecting the history and natural beauty of Gyodongdo Island.

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These five gardens include the Water Garden, showcasing reservoir vegetation; the History and Culture Garden, which introduces the home of King Yeonsangun, the 10th king of the Joseon Dynasty, along with its historical significance; the Remembrance Garden, dedicated to those displaced during the Korean War; the Peace Garden, radiating hope for those separated from their hometown by just 5 km; and the Healing Garden, filled with trees and plants to soothe the mind. Hwagae Garden’s vibrant colors not only delight visitors but also provide a habitat for butterflies and bees.

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Within the garden, you will encounter several cauldron lids resembling Hwagaesan Mountain. While strolling along the cauldron lid tour trail, you will find various types of cauldrons. Keep an eye out for QR codes on eight hidden cauldron lids along the trail, and collect at least six QR codes to receive a gift at the ticket office by the entrance. In addition to the cauldron lid tour trail, you can explore the garden in different ways, such as through the acupressure trail and tranquil zone.

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Take the yellow monorail, and enjoy your way up to the observatory. Because of the monorail’s high popularity, limited passenger capacity, and scheduled departure times, make sure to check the information in advance. Even if you fail to do this and find yourself waiting for a long time, you won’t be bored. The monorail building offers an array of entertainment facilities, restaurants, cafés, and a rooftop observatory for your enjoyment.

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The monorail journey follows the mountain’s curves, making it as exciting as a ride in an amusement park, so don’t miss it. Upon reaching the summit, you will find the Skywalk, which serves as the Hwagaesan Observatory.

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The Skywalk is designed in the shape of a black-faced spoonbill, a symbol of Ganghwado Island. The floor is made of tempered glass for a thrilling experience, but look ahead to find the expansive Yeonbaek Plains of Hwanghae-do Province, which is remarkably close.

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While strolling along the thrilling Skywalk and gazing at both South and North Korea, consider visiting the indoor relaxation zone and bakery café before leaving. Grab a cup of coffee and unwind on the terrace to savor the peacefulness.

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Hwagae Garden offers a blend of expansive ocean views and lush green forests. Let the gentle breeze and songs of wild birds help you forget the worries of city life. Hwagaesan Mountain, once secluded, now buzzes with renewed energy.

  • Address 6-62, Gyodongdong-ro 471beon-gil, Gyodong-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
  • Tel. No. +82-32-932-2336~7
  • Opening Hours Daily, 08:00–20:00, last entry at 19:00
  • FeesAdults: KRW 5,000, Adolescents / Senior Citizens / Ganghwa Residents: KRW 3,000, Children under 6 years old: Free
  • Web Page https://hwagaejungwon.ganghwa.go.kr
※ The information above may have changed since the initial registration date. Be sure to check before you travel.