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  • Day33

    Ganghwa Dolmens

    September 29, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Dolmens. Neolithic burial sites. Our favourite type of sites!

    Another long day trip today as we bundled onto the metro basically to the end of the line, north-west of Seoul. Then onto another bus for about 45 minutes as we headed well into the countryside, fairly close again to the North Korean border. Our destination today was the Ganghwa Dolmens, a neolithic burial site.

    Dolmens are usually very simple affairs: four large stone walls, and a capstone roof. These were no different! There was a collection of about 20 of them scattered over a modest area, though only the first one was really actually interesting. Viewed from one angle it had a really distinct pi-shape, though from the others it just looked like rocks.

    We had a good look, then followed a forest trail for an hour or so look at other dolmens that were essentially just rocks in the ground, fairly indistinct from other rocks nearby. It reminded us both of a bronze-age burial ground we'd been to Finland, though those were piles of small rocks where these were monolith style rocks.

    Got back to the large main dolmen where we decided to splurge the $2 to visit the museum. It was mostly focused on the history of the local area, and only briefly touched on the dolmens themselves. Skipped on the nearby natural history museum and got the bus back to town, a quick lunch and then the long subway ride back into Seoul.

    Had some minor excitement on the way back when our phones screamed with an **EMERGENCY ALERT** entirely in Korean. It was a nervous couple of minutes while we translated, hoping that Chairman Kim hadn't launched the missles! No big deal, it was just telling us that African Swine Flu had been discovered nearby. At least it explained why all the cars and buses on the highway were getting hosed down!

    Back at our hotel we found a restaurant nearby that had quite reasonably priced meals which we hadn't noticed before, so headed there for dinner and really enjoyed the food. I had a beef bulgogi while Shandos had chicken teriyaki bibimbap.
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Dasongcheon, 다송천