Gwangmyeong Cave
Gwangmyeong Cave
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Esther C
    Seoul, South Korea175 contributions
    Unique experience
    Gwangmyeong Cave is basically a cavern theme park, offering cultural performances, unique activities and some more, including an aquarium, 3D hologram and laser shows, a waterfall, a giant golden statue, a small history museum, a tour in the cave underground, a horror house and yes, a wine cellar! Visitors can experience gold and rock mining too. Me and my husband had a good time here this summer, though people should be prepared for the great crowd and hours of waiting in the car, if they visit in a busy season :) The line can get too long and it's difficult to bear it in the Korean summer. Also, a warm coat inside the cave is a must! The area is beautiful and there's also a restaurant nearby in the same building with an art gallery and a charming souvenir shop. Right next to the cave there's a small convenient store too, making sure, that you won't pass out by the time you get to the ticket box. The parking area is quite big, though as I already mentioned, we still had to wait around 2 hours before we could even park. If you keep these things in mind and go there prepared, I'm sure you'll be able to fully enjoy whatever great things this place offers.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 3, 2015
  • 54fg685
    7 contributions
    Probably my favourite thing to do near seoul
    Sure it's a bit far (40 mins train, 40 mins bus) from most main tourist zones in Seoul, but this quirky little park is worth your time. Part cave, part weird underground amusement park, this place can keep you busy for an hour or two for sure. I see people talking about the walking/steps, but if you are even minorly in shape, it's not an issue (maybe a few hundred stairs total). We did a cold wednesday morning and it was almost completely empty. For only 6000won, plus another 3000 to go through a "horror cave", you really can't go wrong. In addition to the cave and it's few offshoots, you can also do some virtual reality (5000-14000won), climb a platform for pretty good views, and there is upcycle art gallery worth a quick wander. It's not that the cave or attractions were so good, it's just the undeniable uniqueness of the entire experience that isn't available anywhere else on planet earth.
    Written November 20, 2019
  • JHL
    Seoul, South Korea8,400 contributions
    Good cave park for a day trip from Seoul
    This is a cave park with some fun attractions, shops and foods. Very nice for a family with young children. A day trip from Seoul is available. - How to get there: Subway line #1 (heading to Suwon, Byeongjeom, Shinchang) from Yongsan to Geumcheon-gu Office. And there's a connecting 4-coach shuttle train from the very platform you got off. This shuttle train stops at the next stop, 'KTX Gwangmyeong'. Be aware of this train's schedule. In the worst case, you may wait for almost an hour. After leaving Gwangmyeong Station through exit #7 or #8, take bus #17 at platform #8-1. 10~15 min until Gwangmyeong Cave. Follow others after that. It's about 15~20 min until the ticket office. - Entrance is 6,000 won for adults and there are other discount rules. - It takes about an hour to see the cave. You will go until wine cellar & café and come back. - Gwangmyeong Cave isn't that tough to walk around. Seniors can finish even if there are some up & down. They provide helmets. But, these aren't necessary. The observatory is next to the cave entrance and this is the only thing turning down for seniors. - There are other attractions in and out. Additional programs for additional costs. These are mostly good for children. - You can learn the cave's history. But, this cave is mostly for entertainment having fishes, laser show, illuminations, photo spots, wine cellar, etc. - The food truck zone outside looked cool for foreign visitors.
    Written August 24, 2019
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Kiersten Jayne A
Manila, Philippines104 contributions
Jan 2019
I traveled all the way from Yongin to see this beauty. Took the subway all the way to Cheolsan Station from Stadium-Songdam College Station (took me 1 hr and 40 mins). From Cheolsan station Exit 2, I walked a little to the left and crossed the street towards the bus stop and rode Bus 17 which goes all the way to the entrance of the cave (travel time is around 1 hour).
Upon arriving at the main entrance, I had to walk upwards for around 8 minutes just to get to the cave entrance itself. Tickets cost 6000 KRW for adults.
Upon going in, you'll be amazed how Koreans were able to transform a former mining cave to the attraction that it is now. Inside they have aquariums, light tunnels, a lake, dioramas, and even a wine laboratory!
Be ready to go up the Stairs of Longevity. It's quite steep and I was out of my breath upon reaching the top!
Kids and elderly people might have difficulty roaming here as there are a lot of stairs, but they have designated rest areas where people can sit.
A must-see! When I was there, all the people inside were Koreans.
Written January 16, 2019
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PNCPML
Singapore, Singapore255 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
Booked the EG shuttle to visit the Cave which is an hour from Hongdae. Must be physically fit to visit because it took us about 1.5 hours to complete the circuit, excluding the horror zone. It is cool in the Cave with impressive light displays. Initially, the route we took was mostly down the steps but there was a stair of longevity which was going upstairs and it was challenging. There were no worries about getting lost because staff at stationed at strategic points to direct visitors. The last point is the wine cellar and there was even sampling of wine. After this section, we u turned and. the exit was not far away. Didn't want to wait for the EG shuttle so went across the road to take Bus 17 to go to. Cheolsan Station to return to Seoul.
Written December 11, 2018
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jajavalB
Lampang, Thailand2,676 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
Modernized cave with entertainment , various activities, sightseeing with aquaruim (small), light and sound displaying on the rock facade, winding steps but not too physical demanding, ex underground lake with light illuminstions, temperature is cool as compred with freezy cold outside. Pink tall chimney is the landmark when reaching this cave themed park.I booked transit tour ahead from incheon sirport website, important thing is that you need early morning arrival and then quick go thruogh immigration, further your way out through the custom declaration and go to identify yourself-booking reply e mail at the tour desk between exit gate 8_9. It's amazingly organized , and much important thst it's all free including transportation, english speaking tourguide, admission fee and transfer back to your terminal.
Written November 24, 2018
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Danny
Singapore, Singapore140 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
I like this place with beautiful lights with an aquarium in it. Inside there also have zombie cave, superhero cave. It is hard for an elderly or young child to ascend up the longevity ladder as it has very steep steps. Outside the cave, there are quite a few photo stops for scenery.
Written March 21, 2018
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Mesy
Bangkok, Thailand271 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
It's 1st Cave Theme Park in Korea which develop and renovate an old Gold Mine to be the attraction. The weather inside is around 12C all year round. You can enjoy many spots inside. There are some shows & performance in the main hall every Sat-Sun. Do not forget to taste some nice wine from Wine Restaurant.
Written November 2, 2017
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SerHwee,
Singapore, Singapore270 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
It takes 1 and 1/2 hr to reach the cave from Seoul . Exit 2 of Cheolsan Station of line 7 >bus station across 2001 outlet(towards Huan-Dong, Soha-Dong) same side as Daiso>bus 17 last stop at Gwangmyeong Cave. Alternative walk slip up hill to the cave or walk steps which is nearer. Inside the caves there are lot of walking and steps too. It is worth visiting.
Written October 30, 2017
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Derrick WY Lee
Singapore, Singapore876 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
Went there on Christmas eve and turned out to be a mistake as there are too many people visiting. The cave has lots of historical facts on the construction. But find it a little strange to see an aquarium inside the cave. Be warned....there are many steps and stairs to climb up and down, so if you have weak knees, think twice before visiting.
Written December 24, 2016
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Zalie H
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia152 contributions
Nov 2015
The cave was once a mine for gold, silver, copper and few other minerals. It had 9 layers deep and had since 1972 stop the mine activity. The mine was then use to fermented salted shrimp which is the main ingredient to make Kimchi.

Gwangmyeong Cave require you to take a stair case or you may wait for buggy service. However, the stair case inside the cave is also quite a challenge. The cave had Botanic garden, Aquarium, amphitheater, and also house few things like ghost house, the Lord of the Ring / Hobbit and many other in the making.
Towards the end you can visit the wine cellar and they give you a sample of those wine kept in the cave. The is a Sky View deck outside the cave which enable you to have the view of Gyeonggi area / seoul.
Written November 18, 2015
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doctorfoxtrot
Taguig City, Philippines7,765 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
It’s my first time visiting this attraction. Visit was worth it. The light and sound show. The gallery. The Lord of the Rings concept . The dark history of its past. But just a gentle reminder, this is said to be more of a man made instead of a natural creation. Another reminder , going to the main entrance itself will be a steep uphill climb. And inside will require 150 steps each going up and down both ways. A small consolation is a drinking fountain midway. And of course some wine tasting at the end of the tour . Our tour organiser arranged a fine dining set up for us.
Written April 15, 2019
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iche
QC246 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
You can tour inside the cave for 1hr...lots of stairs and cool inside, you won't get lost, there's a lot of guide too. Outside the theme park are food and gift shops, and down further you'll see a mini recycling park and museum.
Written February 17, 2019
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