Hwanseongul Cave

Hwanseongul Cave, Samcheok: Hours, Address, Hwanseongul Cave Reviews: 4.5/5

Hwanseongul Cave
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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kjmagnuson
Los Angeles, CA668 contributions
Friends
Hwanseongul Cave is full of various cavern formations that will be sure to interest most visitors. It is not often that you see a waterfall within a cave, no? While the excessive lighting is a little overdone, Hwanseongul Cave really is a worthwile site.

Samcheok is largely off the tourist map, but as far as natural sites above and below ground, Samcheok really rivals almost anywhere in Korea. Hwanseongul equals or surpasses any of the other great caves in the country for visitor experience. While not as important as the lava tube caves on Jeju island, the caves located in Samcheok hold a variety of rare and/or unique species.

I had a great time walking excitedly up and down the many metal walkways criss-crossing this incredible cavern. The temperature stays pretty even year round, but at least a light sweater or jacket is best.
Written February 1, 2013
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reverendanaglyph
Melbourne, Australia50 contributions
Family
Hwanseon Cave is well worth visiting. Be warned that the hike to the cave from the parking area is a substantial undertaking, and is not suitable for the elderly or unfit. It is certainly not something most people should attempt on a hot day. On the plus side - you don't need to do it. There is a monorail people-carrier that runs regularly up to the cave entrance, which you can take for a small fee that is additional to the Cave admission fee. You can choose a return trip, or just the trip up, and then walk back (which is what we did)

The cave itself is massive. It is also very cold, maintaining a temperature of around 10º C all year round. It is fitted with sturdy stainless steel stairs and ramps throughout, but again, is probably not suitable for elderly people as there is a lot of up-and-down climbing. Children may get bored, since there's a lot of walking and not really much to see once the novelty of being in a big dark cave wears off.

The cave is a 'new' limestone cavern, so features like stalagmites and stalactites are still in the very early stages of forming, and virtually non existent. It's a very wet cave, with loud, constantly flowing water. Be prepared to spend around 90 minutes or more doing the whole interior route.

The countryside around the cave is spectacular, and the walk back down is very pretty.
Written July 21, 2017
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Alice S
Allawah, Australia80 contributions
Friends
It is absolutely stunning view. Riding on the monorail and see beautiful mountain view. Going into cave seeing the evolving core with underground waterfalls and rivers is an fascinating experience . Walkway in cave is nicely built then it is really easy and enjoyable . A lot of local primary students have their geographic excursion there . Highly recommend if in the area.
Written June 21, 2017
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Sara H
United States290 contributions
Solo
I took the monorail up and walked down. The cave is huge and impressive. I love caves though. I picked a good day because there were times when I was by myself in the cave. This cave is not a guided tour like the other one is, you go at your own speed. It is also bigger. From the Samcheok bus terminal take bus 61 Which leaves the terminal at 6:10, 820, 1020, 1420, 1720, and 1900. The bus returns to the terminal at 6:50 AM, 910, 1120, 1310, 1505, 1635, 1800, 1930. You need to buy an entrance fee and also a monorail one way or round trip. It gets cold in there so bring something warm to wear. It wasn’t freezing, just called.
Written June 13, 2018
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Linda T
Stockholm, Sweden551 contributions
Friends
This cave is well developed and has great formations and waterfalls, you will want to schedule 3-4 hours for the trip. There is a local bus from the Samcheok bus terminal that is easy to find, and the ride give some stunning view of the mountains. There are lots little restaurants around the cave that one can get a good Korean meal and sample some of the best dong-dong-ju ( raw rice wine) in the country. If you can find it try the goat soup. It's really hardy.
Written November 21, 2013
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Kat O
McConnellsburg, PA13 contributions
Friends
I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the Autumn when it was breathtaking in winter...definitely take the monorail, its a long long hike. Cave is wonderful, lots of steps as well
Written December 21, 2016
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oLiVIa
Singapore378 contributions
Family
This is by far the largest cave I have seen. Internally the path was well constructed and hence it made the walk a pleasant, organised and easy one. We went in summer but we understood that the floor might be slippery in winter and hence more care would be needed.

Lighting and signs were erected which made the visiting interesting and enjoyable.

It was pretty chilly in the cave even on a warm summer day. Hence recommend to dress warm in the cave.
Written June 21, 2016
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SophieRoze
Arles, France20 contributions
Friends
I and My frineds were searching special attractions. The cave, Hwanseongul, is very large and big. I felt I’m just one piece of nature. I think we look around this cave over hour. If you are hiker, I definally recommend here. and there are monorial to transfer to cave enterance from ticket office. The distance also was long. It is good hiking course.
Written November 8, 2015
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Globerwalker
Seoul, South Korea371 contributions
Couples
These amazing caves are some of the biggest in Asia and the forest and rivers around the area are also gorgeous but be prepared for a lot of walking. We arrived on a day where it was 35Deg+ and first we had to parka long way from the ticket booth and then it was a long hot steep walk just to get to the cable car. We couldn't find any information in english so we didn't know the distances until got in and saw a sign saying 1.3km . Anyway it cost W4500 entry for the cave and then the monorail was another W7000 return (totally worth it to avoid the extra steep climb). Had to wait a bit for the monorail but it got you up there in just a few minutes. As a practical matter note that there are no restrooms up in the cave area.
Upon entry to the cave it was at least 20deg cooler inside, actually it was 12Deg C so bring something warm to wear. The cave is absolutely huge and it took over an hour to walk around the circuit. There is a metal walkway that trails all around the cave and once you go in you just have to keep walking to the end, as there's no quick exit if you tire. Some of the ramps are only wide enough for one person so there are quite a few bottlenecks that slow you down, so just be prepared for a long visit.
Anyway the interiors of the cave is spectacular in scale, with a cathedral like ambience in many parts (apart from where the garish coloured lights are). It is a self-guided tour and fortunately there are signs in english highlighting the features to look out for. There are many interesting geological features, rocks shaped like animals, coloured formations and many beautiful streams and waterfalls to enjoy as well as man made attractions like a suspension bridge. Really amazing cave but almost too big! Allow plenty of time for your visit as you can't rush through.
Written July 29, 2015
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Heather H
New York City, NY6 contributions
Family
The address given didn't show up in our GPS, but put in as much as you can and it will get you in the vicinity. There are well positioned signs directing you to the cave as you get closer. It took close to an hour drive down the coast from Suncruise Resort ( another interesting review) and the Jeongdongjin area. It's a beautiful drive with lots of sandy beach areas to stop and enjoy. There is a parking lot on arrival and a short walk up to the tram where you buy a round trip ticket. It's quite a steep hike if you don't elect to use the tram, but not too far ( we walked down). This ticket is not for entrance to the cave. You buy that at the cave entrance. On entering the cave, you will be impressed with the layout and lighting. The various signage is both informative and comedic. It's an attraction I would not want you to miss and depending on your pace, is easy to get through in an hour.
Written July 31, 2014
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