Kangwa-do, or Kangwa Island (also spelled Gangwa-do) lies at the mouth of the Han River, on Korea's west coast. Despite its close proximity to the bustling port of Inchon and the vast city of Seoul, it still retains its old rustic charm. Here is where Korea grows much of its famed ginseng. It also has great historical significance. During the 13th century Mongol invasion, the Korean king and his court fled here. In the 1860s and 70s, this was the target of invaders from the US, France, and later Japan. The Westerners were reacting to the execution of Christian missionaries.
The island has the remains of its elaborate coastal defenses, with 19th century cannons and fortifications. It also has a dolmen--a prehistoric burial mound. This is a UN World Heritage Monument.
Downtown Inchon has a lively shopping district, with a variety of merchandise. My favorite place here is the fish market.
This monument is dedicated to those brave Americans who stormed the beach at Inchon in 1950. Their heroism under fire turned the tide of the Korean War, saving the South from being overrun by the Communists. It was very risky, as the tides here are among the world's highest. But General MacArthur knew that this was the place to counterattack.
On display are American, North Korean, South Korean, and other weapons and equipment. I particularly like the dramatic statue of the soldiers.