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[Ganghwa] Gyodongdo Island

  • AddressGyodong-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon-si
  • InformationGanghwa County Cultural Tour: (032)930-3114
  • Homepagehttp://tour.ganghwa.incheon.kr
  • PublishedDecember 1, 2014
  • RevisedDecember 2, 2016


“Never-returning Island” where you can see the Royal Family’s exile history


Originally Gyodongdo Island’s name was “Daewoondo Island”. It had been called “Go-rym” or “Dal-ul Shin”, and after Goguryeo made “Hyun” as an administrative district it was called “Gomokgeunhyun”. Finally, King Gyeongdeok of Silla called it “Gyodongdo Island” and it is still called that today. Gyodongdo Island is the 14th largest island in Korea. It is near North Korea, only 5km toward a northwestern direction, so we can see Yeonbaek-gun, Hwanghae-do and North Korea directly across the sea. That is why this island has been restricted to civilians.



In history, Gyodongdo Island is close to Seoul and the tide around was high and ships could not approach so it was a place for the royal family’s exile. Prince Anpyong, Yeonsangun, Gwanghaegun, Youngchangdaegun, and Neungchangdaegun who deposed crown Princess Park are among them. And, they did not come back alive so this island was called “Never-returning Island”. There are some fertile plains so this island looks like a rural area rather than a fishing village. Gyodongdo Island produces rice, bean, garlic, red pepper, etc., as well as crabs and shrimps, and its mullets are famous. Plus, the oyster industry is brisk.



Gyodongdo Island, which is historically distinguished as the exile place for the royal family, is having a project to builda modern cultural space. In the area around Daeryong-ri and Gogu-ri, many kinds of historical exhibition facilities and parking lots will welcome travelers to learn about Gyodongdo Island’s history in a friendly atmosphere.




Information by

Ganghwa county, The Ministry of Security and Public Administration




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