Do you remember that I had a day trip a couple of weeks ago? I started with Seosan city. Then visited International Tulip Festival, and in the end, I have been to Ganwoldo. And I will tell you about that beautiful place now.
Ganwoldo is an island with an area of 0.88 km2, a coastline of 11 km, and the highest point of 70m. And it belongs to Seosan city. It was a small island located in Cheonsu Bay. But it is now land, not the sea. Due to a large-scale reclamation project in 1984.
First of all, there is an amazing view. Despite on wind, I enjoyed each minute spent there.
One of the main attractions here is a Ganwolam
Welcome to Ganwolam
If you go to Ganwol-do, you can meet a mysterious and beautiful hermitage floating on the water. There is a baby island in Ganwol-do. This little island is open twice a day at high tide and low tide, about 30m long, and becomes an island and land. On this palm-sized island, there is a small-sized Ganwolam.
A story of Ganwolam
Ganwoldo means ‘seeing the moonlight’. And it is said that the ambassador of Muhak during the Joseon Dynasty saw the moonlight and gained it here. Ambassador Muhak helped Lee Seong-gye and contributed greatly to the founding of the Joseon Dynasty. It is said that a young Ambassador Muhak, who came to the island with his mother’s back, was enlightened by the moonlight falling over Cheonsu Bay while studying in the moonlight here.
The monk Naong said that he gave him the name of Muhak by saying that he had ‘nothing to learn anymore’. After realization, the temple was named Ganwolam. And the name of the island was also called Ganwoldo.
Ganwolam is a temple that is over 500 years old, but it is very regrettable that the traces of its annual rings are nowhere to be seen.
Originally, Ganwoldo was a small island. Even if it is connected to the land, it maintains an island-like atmosphere.
Arriving on the island, you will see women on the shore selling various seafood. The island is really magical. It is impossible to reflect all its beauty and magic through words or photos. You need to visit it by yourself and feel the atmosphere.
Last year on May 19th was Buddha’s birthday, so Buddhist temples are decorated with lantern lamps. Also, you can see lantern lamps on the streets around Korea.