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Author clyde
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#241 | Posted: 9 Apr 2017 09:57 
Is it easy to call a cab from Seoul to Ganghwa Dolmen? I'd like to avoid around 5 hours in buses when it seems that a 1hr ride with traffic would be enough.

Author winterkjm
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#242 | Posted: 9 Apr 2017 12:00 
Plenty of Bus options from Seoul that take about 1hr 30min. From Ganghwa Bus Terminal, its a short bus (or taxi) ride to the largest dolmen. All said probably a bit less than 4 hours of travel time. Even with a taxi its still going to add up to a bit less than 3 hours. The question then becomes is paying potential 60,000 won or more (one-way) worth saving 1 to 1.5 hours of driving time?

120 USD + 3hrs OR 10 USD + 4hrs

Author meltwaterfalls
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#243 | Posted: 10 Apr 2017 05:01 
I must admit getting there by bus wasn't really that lengthy a process, though I do remember the wait to change busses being not so ideal (around a 35min wait but that was just the time I visited, other trips may synch up better)

If you did want to save time, a better option may be to get the bus from Seoul out to Ganghwa. Then get a taxi from the local bus station out to the Dolmen, get it to wait and take you back to the bus station. It will be a much cheaper option, and the bus into Seoul took roughly the same amount of time as a taxi would as it mostly was on a Motorway if memory serves me correctly.

Author clyde
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#244 | Posted: 10 Apr 2017 08:35 
Great. Thank you for the advice winterkjm and meltwaterfalls :)

Author Jarek Pokr
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#245 | Posted: 11 Apr 2017 08:11 
Certainly the easiest way to visit Ganghwa Dolmen Site is by bus from Seoul. There are frequent direct buses (W4200; 90 min) from Seoul's Sinchon Bus Terminal to the main town of Ganghwa-eup (at Sinchon you will have to find the right bus stop). Once you get on the island from Ganghwa-eup Bus Station there are buses to Bugeun-ri Dolmen Site (not very frequent but as I remember there is one around 10.00 am). At the bus station there is also a small stand with island's map where all UNESCO dolmens are pointed out. Once you get to Bugeun-ri Dolmen Site (the biggest dolmen in Korea) try to obtain a leaflet map with hiking trails. There is another UNESCO dolmen site some 2 km from the place - Jeomgol Dolmen, and further on another one (in Chunguk, Samgeo_ri - but this one is not on UNESCO list)

Author meltwaterfalls
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#246 | Posted: 11 Apr 2017 10:21 
Jarek Pokr:
There are frequent direct buses (W4200; 90 min) from Seoul's Sinchon Bus Terminal

Just as a note whilst this is the name of it, it isn't really a Bus Terminal as you may expect, rather just a bus stop on the side of the road.

If I remember correctly it was the one here in front of CasaVille/ Lotteria.

Author clyde
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#247 | Posted: 12 Apr 2017 05:17 
Thanks JarekPokr and meltwaterfalls. Hopefully I'll make it by bus and then catch a taxi in Ganghwa should I miss the local bus to the Bugeun-ri Dolmen Site. I'll surely mention your helpful tips in my WHS review (that is, if I actually get there!) :)

Author Jarek Pokr
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#248 | Posted: 12 Apr 2017 05:47 
Exactly, I had to ask several people on the street and different bus drivers before I found someone who knew exact bus stop ...

Author meltwaterfalls
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#249 | Posted: 12 Apr 2017 06:14 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
I think I mentioned it in my review but if getting a bus/taxi on Ganghwa to get to the dolmen just ask for: Goindol that seemed to be the name locals recognised (at least for this non Korean speaking individual anyway)

Author tonylag
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#250 | Posted: 12 Apr 2017 17:40 
Better is to take a picture with you and some words in Korean,
for example this one:
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=586575
I had no problems getting there; even had time to visit a temple
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264302
and in late afternoon i visited some tombs of the Joseon Dynasty

Korea has the best public transport i have seen, and the people are very helpfull.

Author winterkjm
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#251 | Posted: 18 Apr 2017 23:27 | Edited by: winterkjm 
It's rare to know this amount of detail in any state parties nomination plans. How efficient for the world heritage traveller that Korea offers 12 WHS in a relatively small area, and time permitting you can ensure you visited all potential new WHS up until 2023! To be honest, probably longer since some of these nomination dossiers are bound to fail, but will undoubtedly make at least one additional attempt (example: Hangyangdoseong).

ROK Nomination Plan
2018 - Traditional Buddhist Mountain Temples of Korea (Cultural)
2019 - Seowon, Neo-Confucian Academies of the Joseon Dynasty (Cultural), Southwest Coast Tidal Flats (Natural)
2020 - Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall (Cultural)
2021 - Gaya Tumuli: Gimhae & Jisan-dong (Cultural)
2022 - Daegokcheon Stream Petroglyphs (Cultural)

For what its worth, I believe after Korea's 2 recent withdrawn nominations the Cultural Heritage Administration will be successful with 3 inscriptions over the next two years. I am not so optimistic however about Korea's nominations between 2020 - 2022!

Author clyde
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#252 | Posted: 3 May 2017 07:31 | Edited by: clyde 
Thanks to the priceless information from this website and winterkjm's great pointers, I managed to visit all South Korean WHS and the first 3 tentative WHS according to the nomination plan + Suncheon's Tidal Flats over 18 days.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this country's WHS and although there aren't incredibly outstanding individual sites, I would rank all sites as good to very good sites which are worth visiting and all possess outstanding value, be it niche or universal value. I hope to find some time soon to write my reviews and sort all the photos.

Author winterkjm
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#253 | Posted: 24 Jul 2017 03:31 | Edited by: winterkjm 
News for Korea's world heritage program, 2019.

Official Nomination
2019 - Seowon, Neo-Confucian Academies of the Joseon Dynasty

Delayed Nomination
2019 - Southwest Coast Tidal Flats (incomplete)

http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/culture/2017/07/24/0901000000AKR20170724129000005.HTML

Cultural Heritage Administration Announcement

This likely pushes back some of Korea's nomination submissions a year, yet its unclear if the Tidal Flat dossier can be improved in-time for 2020, or if this nomination requires more time?

ROK Nomination Plan
2018 - Traditional Buddhist Mountain Temples of Korea (Cultural)
2019 - Seowon, Neo-Confucian Academies of the Joseon Dynasty (Cultural), Southwest Coast Tidal Flats (Natural)
2020 - Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall (Cultural)
2021 - Gaya Tumuli: Gimhae & Jisan-dong (Cultural)
2022 - Daegokcheon Stream Petroglyphs (Cultural)

I think Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul City Wall may have priority over the Tidal Flat natural nomination. Firstly, because it was withdrawn for 2017 and its a relatively strait forward cultural nomination.

Author winterkjm
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#254 | Posted: 30 Jul 2017 20:18 | Edited by: winterkjm 
A difficult pitch for another fortification dossier from Korea, but this (aspiring) nomination is interesting. Unfortunately, its more interesting regarding the history rather than the actual remains, which are fine but nothing spectacular. I visited 3 or 4 of the sites and because so many world heritage travelers visit Ganghwa Island for the largest dolmen, it may be useful to have additional sites to include in your itinerary. As it stands, a whole lot of effort has been made to include this nomination on Korea's tentative list. Here is a summary of this serial nomination. I included a map below, because it would almost certainly be a central feature in the sites OUV. My photos of the property can be viewed HERE.

One of the neatest realities of this nomination, if inscribed, Korea could easily develop a small ferry/boat system that allowed car or bus travelers who visit one site to then travel by water to the remaining component parts. Ultimately, visiting these sites would be a much more enriching experience by water! From the Northernmost fortification to the South, its only 12 kilometers.



Maritime Fortifications: Ganghwa Island and Gimpo (6 components)
Deokjinjin Fort, Ganghwa
Chojijin Fort, Ganghwa
Gwangseongbo Fort, Ganghwa
Gapgotdon Watchtower, Ganghwa
Munsusanseong Fortress, Gimpo
Deokpojin Fort, Gimpo

These maritime fortifications were paramount to the defense of the capitals waterways. In 1866, French Naval ships invaded Ganghwa Island but met heavy resistance and ultimately failed to secure access to the capital. In 1871, American Naval ships took control of 5 forts and killed 243 Korean soldiers in an attempt to open Korea to foreign trade. In 1875, Japan 'surveyed' coastal areas near Seoul and were attacked by these fortified garrisons ready to expunge foreign ships. Following the incident in 1875, Japan ultimately forced Korea to open to foreign powers. (French Campaign Against Korea); (Battle of Ganghwa); (Ganghwa Island Incident)

Author Durian
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#255 | Posted: 30 Jul 2017 21:26 
winterkjm:
Maritime Fortifications: Ganghwa Island and Gimpo

OMG! I have been there while I went to see that dolmen site on Ganghwa island. By some unknown reason we told the taxi to go to bus station but our taxi took us to visit the fort near the bridge from mainland instead and told us he want us to visit this place at least 30 mins! I remembered that the garden around the forts and the view were quite nice.

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