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Jeongseon Hwaam Cave: Historic Tourist And Kid-Friendly Cave In Korea

The 515-meter upper shaft of the Cheonpo gold mine, the 365-step staircase that connects the upper and lower mine shafts, and the 676-meter lower shaft make up Jeongseon Hwaam Cave.

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The 515-meter upper shaft of the Cheonpo gold mine, the 365-step staircase that connects the upper and lower mine shafts, and the 676-meter lower shaft make up Jeongseon Hwaam Cave.

Gangwon Regional Monument No. 33, Hwaamdonggul Cave, was once a gold mine. From 1922 to 1945, it was the fifth largest gold mine in the country. But it turned out that the cave had natural stalactites, so it was turned into the only cave with a gold and nature theme. The whole area is made up of 5 sections, each of which has 41 zones.

Jeongseon Hwaam Cave
Image credit: KTO Organization

It takes about an hour and a half to see all 41 zones. The first monorail in a cave can take you to the entrance of Hwaamdonggul Cave. Hwaamdonggul Cave is not only a place for tourists to visit. It’s also a place where people can learn a lot about the underground ecosystem of a stalactite-lined cave and how gold is mined and refined.

This cave was made by nature and had a lot of limestones, stalactites, small rooms, and lakes. Hwaam Cave is the only cave in Korea that has a theme based on a meeting between gold and nature. The cave isn’t just a place for tours; it’s also used to teach kids and school kids.

By going to this cave, they can see how the ecosystem works and learn how to mine and smelt gold. Because of this, Hwaam Cave is a popular place for preschoolers, elementary, middle, and high school students to go on field trips.

With the theme “the meeting of gold and nature,” Jeongseon Hwaam Cave is more than just a place to look at nature. It is also a place to learn and have new experiences. From 9am to 5pm, you can go to Hwaam Cave.

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The entrance fee and the monorail are both free. The “Chapter of History” cave shows a copy of where gold was mined and the mining process. In “The World of Gold” cave, tourists can watch different videos about gold, with shiny gold bars on display.

How To Go There

  • Address: 12-1, Hwaamdonggul-gil, Hwaam-myeon, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do, Korea
  • Opening Hours:
    09:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Admission Fee:
    Admission fee: Adults: 4,500 – 5,000 won / Adolescents: 3,000 – 3,500 won / Children: 1,500 – 2,000 won / Soldiers: 800 – 3,500 won / Seniors (age 65 or older): Free

Jacque is a travel, food and lifestyle blogger. At the age of 20, she started exploring instagrammable places, discovering fascinating cultures, trying various cuisines, and taking amazing photos from local and international travel destinations. Alongside her adventures, she passionately creates Hallyu content.

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