Joyang Bangjik
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A textile mill redressed in art and culture

Joyang Bangjik

©Incheon Tourism Organization

Since the Goryeo era, Ganghwado Island was famous for making textile mats called “hwamunseok.” Because it was located close to the mainland, it was easy to transport textiles by boat and so the textile industry prospered. In 1933, Joyang Bangjik became the very first textile factory owned and operated by Koreans making artificial silk.


With a total floor area of 2,300 m2, this huge two-story factory equipped with 80 looms became the starting point of the modernization of the textile industry in Ganghwado, shifting from manual labor to machine labor. The textile industry in Ganghwado grew very rapidly in the 1930s, when the Joyang Bangjik factory was established.

Newspaper articles at the time described the women of Ganghwado Island who traveled to China and Japan peddling hwamunseok mats and muslins as “Korean caravans.” The Joyang Bangjik factory also brough in electrical and telephone facilities into the island, and with more than 60 smaller textile mills opening up in the area, the number of workers at textile mills in the Ganghwa-eup neighborhood alone is said to have exceeded 4,000. As such, Joyang Bangjik led the textile industry in Ganghwado Island, but it faced difficulty during the Korean War (1950–1953), and eventually closed in 1958. Afterwards, the factory was briefly used as a pickled radish factory and then a salted fish factory, then it was finally vacated and abandoned for decades.

The long-abandoned and eerie factory was revived at the hands of a dedicated entrepreneur in 2017. The one-year-long project turned the old factory into a beautiful work of art imbued with old memories.

The outer space and exterior of the factory of the 1930s were preserved as much as possible, and props that rekindle old sentiments were placed throughout the site, making visitors feel as if entering a filming set of a period drama.

Upon entering the mill where hard working employees spent hours producing textiles, you will encounter a huge space filled with antiques collected from around the world. Particularly, the beauty exuded by the wooden roof trusses of the old mill, and the subtle natural light coming in through the windows of the sawtooth roof create an ample space. The varied light fixtures placed throughout the area add vitality to the charmingly arranged props from the old days, creating a mystical, fairy tale-like atmosphere.

©Incheon Tourism Organization

©Incheon Tourism Organization

TIP: The Ganghwa Anglican Church near Joyang Bangjik is Korea’s first hanok (traditional Korean house)-style church with a unique architecture that combines cultures of the East and West.

Address  605-3 Yeongseon-dong 4-ga, Yeongdo-gu, Busan


Tel  051-419-4067


➞  10-minute taxi from Exit 6 of Nampo Station, Busan Subway Line 1


Time  11:00~20:00(weekends until 21:00)

Nearby tourist attractions


Sochang Experience Center



Ganghwa Anglican Church



Goryeo Palace Site



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