Bomunsa Temple ― Seokmodo Recreational Forest ― Minmeoru Beach ― Ganghwa Chungnam Seosanjip ― Paradise City
Bomunsa Temple is known to have been erected by Hoejeong in the year 635 (Queen Seondeok, 4th year of reign). It came to be widely known in 649 (Queen Jindeok, 3rd year of reign) when fishermen fished out 22 stone statues of the Buddha and his disciples from the sea and enshrined them in a chamber. There are three arched gates at the entrance and a semilunar-shaped pedestal inside the natural cave as well as a column with 21 shrines in which statues of the Buddha are enshrined. These shrines have been designated as Regional Tangible Asset No. 57. In 1928, a statue of Gwaneum (Maae seated stone statue of the Buddha) was erected, over 10 meters tall and 4 meters wide, which was designated as Regional Tangible Asset No. 65.
Seokmodo Recreational Forest is the only naturally recreated forest in the northwestern part of Gyeongin. It is a magnificent natural forest with 128 hectares of forest recreation area set against the stunning natural scenery of Samsan-myeon, Ganghwa. It consists of Forest Culture Center meeting rooms, cafeteria and kiosk, multi-purpose playing field, a management office, a pavilion and deck road, while its guest rooms are equipped with 40 latest electronic products enabling its visitors to enjoy a relaxing experience in harmony with nature.
Located in Seokmodo, a small island on the western sea of Ganghwa Island, Minmeoru Beach allows its visitors to enjoy sea bathing and the beautiful sunset of the Yellow Sea. Visitors can also opt for activities in mudflats where various kinds of shellfish, crab and other sea creatures can be found. It is also a popular spot for fishermen who enjoy fishing at Eoryujeonghang Harbor and Janggothang Harbor.
Ganghwa Chungnam Seosanjip is the largest and most famous crab restaurant in Kkotgae ("Blue Crab") Street on Ganghwa Island. Large enough to accommodate 300 seats, the restaurant is divided into a table-sitting and a floor-sitting section. It is well-known for soft, tender crab meat and savory, hearty broth.
* Image: Incheon Tourism Organization Website