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Gwangmyeong Cave : Create a miracle of dead mine

Gwangmyeong Cave is the largest themed cave park with varied cultural and artistic things, created in a gold mine where gold, silver, and bronze were mined.

Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do


Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave
Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave

Description: 

Gwangmyeong Cave is the largest themed cave park with varied cultural and artistic things, created in a gold mine where gold, silver, and bronze were mined.

The Mecca of Creation, Gwangmyeong Cave

Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave
Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave

Gwangmyeong Cave was developed in 1912 by the Japanese Empire for the purpose of exploitation resources. It is an industrial Heritage of place of Japanese occupation and exploitation and signs of modernization and industrialization of the Korean.

After being abandoned in 1972, the Gwangmyeong Cave had been used as a shrimp storage facility for more than 40 years. But Gwangmyeong City bought this place in 2011 and transformed into a historical, cultural and tourist attraction. 

Gwangmyeong Cave is considered to be the best cave theme park in Korea, combining its value as an industrial heritage with its cultural value.

It achieved a miracle of dead mine by visiting more than a million tourists a year.

Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave
Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave

The World’s Focus on Culture Creation Space

Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave
Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave

The spatial differentiation and rarity of cave is combined with cultural and artistic content to create a new creative culture. 

Starting with the Cave Arts Center, you can see works of art through collaboration with numerous artists. Light and new media set in the dark are more than you can imagine. 

In addition, the mine, which used to be considered an industrial site, has been transformed into a wine cave and used as a place for communication, presenting a new culture life style. 

By recreating the abandoned mine as a complex cultural and artistic space, it is drawing attention as a cultural creative space that the world is paying attention to beyond Korea.

Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave
Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave

The land of gold

Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave
Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave

There is still a large amount of gold left in the cave, so some people dream of Eldorado. 

You can now experience a variety of authentic gold trees in Gwangmyeong Cave, which is a symbol of wealth and honor and has a lasting value over the years.

Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave
Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave

Current Status 
2017-2018’s Top 100 Must-Go Destinations in Korea

Opening date 
Operating as a paid attraction since April 4, 2015

Closed 
Mondays

Duration 
30-40 min

Shopping Information 

Cave Café
Gwangmyeong Upcycle Art Center (2F)
– Menu: Gwangsigi Dosirak, Suje dongaseu (house-made pork cutlet), udon, drink, etc.
– Operating hours: 09:00-18:00 (Closed Mondays)
– Inquiries: +82-2-2612-7710

Outdoor café
– Near Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave Ticketing Booth No. 1
– Menu: Oven-baked pizza, hot dog, snack, drinks, etc.
– Operating hours: 09:00-18:00 (Closed Mondays)
– Inquiries: +82-70-4277-8907

Gift Shop
– Near Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave Ticketing Booth No. 1 
– Operating hours: 09:00-18:00 (Closed Mondays)
– Inquiries: +82-70-4451-3192

Maru de Cave Restaurant
– Operating hours: 11:30-14:30 / 18:00-21:00
* Subject to change.
– Menu: 6 Course menus, 5 additional menus
* Reservation must be made at least 3 days before visiting via phone. (+82-70-4277-8908)

Activity Information 
 Tour of Gwangmyeongdonggul Cave/Wine Cave, Golden Plaque Experience, Playground (mining, finding gold, making miner’s hat), Wine class with sommelier, concerts, and many more

Age Limit for Activities 
Open to visitors of all ages

Operating Hours 
Weekdays 09:00-18:00 
※ Last admission is 1 hour before closing

Parking Facilities 
Available
1,500 won (Small Vehicles) / 3,000 won (Medium Vehicles) / 4,000 won (Large Vehicles)

Admission Fees 
Adults 5,000 won / Teenagers 2,500 won / Children 1,500 won 

* Discounts are available for groups and Gwangmyeong residents
* Additional fees may apply to programs 
* Free admission for infants (aged 3 & below) and seniors (ages 65 & over)

Available Facilities 
Convenient facilities: Walking path, trekking path, nursing room, medical care room, etc.
Educational facilities: Gwangmyeong Resource Recovery Facility Exhibition Hall
Physical facilities: Aixia Forest (children’s playground)
Sanitation facilities: Restroom, drinking fountain, etc. 


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