Mysterious Underground Explorations⛑️Caves in Korea Worth Visiting

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There is a place that maintains a consistent temperature of about 15 degrees Celcius 🌡️ all year-round. Even during the stifling heat and freezing cold. That means this is the perfect place to visit to beat the heat during the summer! Explore an underground cave that is even cooler than an air-conditioned room! 🌬️ We’ve rounded up three natural caves in Korea that are worth visiting.

Most of the caves in Korea are limestone caves that were created from the acid in underground water dissolving through minerals in the limestone rocks. (Jeju Island has a lava caves/lava tubes that formed from volcanic eruptions.🌋) The natural cave that results from such a process is a phenomenal and magnificent landscape. Let’s explore the limestone palaces that we have listed for you today, where stalactites and stalagmites create mystical spaces!

The best limestone cave in Korea, Gosu Cave in Danyang!

Gosu Cave

8, Gosu Cave-gil, Danyang-eup, Danyang-gun, Chungbuk

Even for those who don’t know much about caves in Korea, they’re bound to have at least heard of the natural monument that is Gosu Cave in Danyang, North Chungcheong Province. With a large and spacious interior and impressive topography, you will get a wonderful view wherever you look.✨

The difficulty of the tour is relatively low because there is almost no need to lower your head or hunch down. There are even exhibitions and special experiential corners you can enjoy to increase your knowledge before entering Gosu Cave. This cave is kid-friendly and family-friendly. Why not get started on planning a family trip to explore Gosu Cave this weekend? 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

⛑️ Difficulty: ★★★☆☆
🎯 Enjoyable Activities: ★★★★★
📆 Operating hours: 09:00-17:00 every day (Summer season: April-October/ Winter season: November-March)
⏰ Time: Takes approximately 1 hour

Explore the curvy tunnel in Gossi Cave in Yeong-wol!

Gossi Cave

1117 Yeongwol-dong-ro, Kim Satgat-myeon, Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon-do

The original name of the Gossi Cave in Yeongwol, Gangwon-do was Norigokseok Cave. After being exiled and killed by poison, this is the place where the spirit of Danjong (6th ruler of the Joseon Dynasty) is said to reside. Later, the family of scholar Ko Jong-won used the cave as a hideout during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592, leading it to be renamed “Gossi Cave”. If you really look carefully, you’ll be able to see areas used for different purposes, like the living area and the area used to cook rice. 👀

Due to the narrow path and differing ceiling heights, the Gossi Cave is rated high in difficulty. To prevent injuries, you must wear a helmet given at the cave’s entrance ⛑️. You’ll feel like a legit cave explorer weaving your way deeper inside and climbing higher up. The stalactites (mineral formations hanging from the ceilings) hanging like curtains inside the Gossi Cave will stretch out before you with no end in sight!

⛑️ Difficulty: ★★★★★
🎯 Enjoyable Activities: ★★★★★
📆 Operating hours: 09:00-18:00 daily (Last admission at 17:00)
⏰ Time: Takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes

Ever kayaked inside a cave? Enjoy a unique experience in Hwalok Cave!

Hwalok Cave

26, Mokbeolan-gil, Chungju, North Chungcheong Province

The last cave is a unique cave full of things to see and enjoy. We introduce Hwalok Cave in Chungju, North Chungcheong Province. From lit-up natural sculptures that follow the curvature of the walls, cave paintings, and mini games, this cave offers a variety of experiences. Don’t forget to take advantage of the photo zone to leave behind photos of your mysterious cave exploration.📸

Inside the cave, you’ll find a lake filled with natural bedrock water. You can then continue your exploration by riding a clear kayak! Picture how cool that would be! 😆 Look down and you’ll see the sturgeon and fish living in the lake. For K-drama fans, this cave was also one of the filming locations for the Netflix drama <D.P>.

⛑️ Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆
🎯 Enjoyable activities: ★★★★★
📆 Operating hours: Tues-Sun 09:00-18:00 (Last admission at 17:00)
(Extended operation hours from July 18 to August 18, 2023 09:00-19:00)
⏰ Time: Takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes

Every summer brings with it blazing temperatures. However, there are plenty of ways to stay cool amidst such hot weather. Why not check out one of the summer-friendly caves Incheon Airport ✈️introduced for you today? The cool breeze blowing through the underground caves will cool you down and leave you refreshed!

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