Classification: Historic Site
292 Deokpojin was a military camp for Sondolmok of Joseon. Sondolmok is on a key pathway to Seoul via Ganghwa Bay. The camp was used in many battles at the end of the Joseon period. The place has historical value and remains.
In 1981, Kim Ki-song, former Gimpo Cultural Center director launched a project to excavate the site for historic remains under his own financing. A casemate and watchtower have now been restored. The Deokpojin History Museum was remodeled in 2007 and features the locations and performances of period cannons for visitors.
Consoling Spirit of Boatman Sohn
At the edge of Deokpojin is the tomb of Sohn Dol, a boatman of the Goryeo period. Sohn drove a boat with King Gojong aboard when the king evacuated to Ganghwa Island from a Mongolian invasion. The king had Sohn executed however, when he grew uneasy of the rough waters. Before his death, Sohn floated a gourd dipper on the water and declared that if the boat followed the dipper, it would safely reach the island. The king did safely arrive at his destination and realized that he had made a hasty judgment. The king thus held a great funeral for the boatman and had a temple built to console his spirit. A memorial service for Sohn was held annually through to the end of the Joseon period but was suspended during the Japanese colonial period. The service resumed in 1970. In 1989, the Gimpo Cultural Center began to host a memorial service held on October 20 of the lunar calendar, the anniversary of Sohn’s execution.
Location: 224-4, No. 103 Road, Daegot-myeon, Deokpojin, Gimpo, Gyeonggi-do
- By car: Leave Seoul, Incheon and Ganghwa for Daemyeong Port, Daegoj-myeon. Make a right turn at the beginning to the Daemyeong-Seokjeong section → Enter Deokpojin
- Public Transportation (Bus)
Ganghwa (No. 60-2), Yeongdeungpo, Dangsan, Songjeong (No. 60-3), Incheon (No. 700, No. 700-1): Exit at Daemyeong Elementary School, walk 30 min.