Distance Traveled Today: 72km
Distance Traveled Total: 158km
When I was filling out my potential itinerary of things to do, I had “Ganghwa-do” as a single activity, expecting to be here no more than a few hours. However, a few recommendations later from a very helpful guy at the information booth and my itinerary filled up. I doubled back from Kyodong Island onto Ganghwa to check out the two museums adjacent to the main Ganghwa dolmen. I also had the southern island of Seongmodo on my schedule and did make it to the Mineral Saunas on the south side of the island. However, the highlight was unexpectedly one of those last minute add-ons.
Unlike the Dolmen sites at Hwasun and Gochang, the dolmens in Ganghwa are separated into 8 not so easy to access locations. The booth guy gave me the addresses to the 8 and saw a map of them in one of the museums to get my bearings, so I thought, what the hell, a world heritage site rarely lets me down. The first one was okay, but it was the second one, the Osang-ri cluster, was probably the best set of tombs I’ve seen in Korea. I was there about an hour, including a rain and bathroom break and not a soul in sight. The isolation probably highlighted the moment since I had it all to myself. If you ever visit the dolmens in Ganghwa, this one is worth the trouble.
Other notes – Kakao Maps is not updated for Seongmodo Island, directing me towards a dirt road to get to the hot spring. Bah!
See you tomorrow.