Aegibong Peak is situated at the far end of Gimpo in an approximately one-hour driving distance from downtown Gimpo.
At the entrance to Aegibong Peak, civilian access is restricted by military personnel, creating an unfamiliar atmosphere. As such, the entire area of Aegibong Peak is restricted of civilian access.
The 154 Hill, a fierce battleground between South and North Korea at the time of Korean War, is located here.
The top of Aegibong Peak, which can be accessed by presenting an ID card, overlooks the northern land. The view stretches all the way to Songhaksan Mountain, which explains why Aegibong Peak is a restricted area for civilians.
The name stems from a gisaeng, Aegi, who died on its peak pining for a Pyeongyang governor kidnapped during the Manchu Invasions of 1636. In 1968, the late President Park Chung-hee visited Aegibong Peak and inscribed the name by hand, declaring that the regret of Aegi equaled that of Koreans who lost their home.During every Chuseok at Mangbaedan, people who have left their families and hometown come to hold a ritual for their ancestors and wish for the reunification of Korea.
Aegi Peak reflects the sadness of Koreans and their wish for reunification. It has been reborn as a place where people can learn the history and culture surrounding the mouth of the Han River, where the 400 km-long Jogang River (the lower end of the Han River) meets the Yellow Sea (Salty Sea).
The name “Jogang” both means the water of the Han River ending its life as freshwater after flowing for 400km and the cozy and warm embrace of the grandfather.
Viewed from Aegi Peak, the Jogang River certainly looks cozy and tranquil enough to not need any further explanations. It carries the history and culture of the lower end of the Han River from the Iljingang River and the Yeoseonggang River, which extend from the northern land, to the Yeomhagang River where freshwater of the river meets salty water of the sea and Yudo Island, an island situated in the middle of the Yeomhagang River serving as a home to birds flying across the Korean Peninsula. The Jogang River is a reminder of the Hwangpo Sailboat that used to come to Seoul at high tides.
Yeongdeungpo (Bus #88), Sinchon (Bus #3000), Ilsan (Bus #80, 96, 97), Incheon (Bus #70): Get off in Gunha-ri → Taxi (takes 10 minutes)