Gwangmyeong Cave 광명동굴
9:00-18:00 (last admission at 17:00).
Closed on Monday, Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) period.
Adult: 6,000 won / Youth: 3,500 won / Child: 2,000 won.
Cheolsan Station (line 7, exit 2). Walk forward, cross the road (ori-ro) to take Bus No. 17 and get off at Gwangmyeong Cave Bus Stop (last stop, near Parking Lot 1). 45 mins bus ride, 29 stops.
Gwangmyeong Cave opened to the public in August 2011 was once Siheung Mine established in 1912. Siheung Mine was then the largest metal mine in the metropolitan area and produced gold, silver, bronze, zinc and other minerals for 60 years.
During the Korean War, the mine became a shelter for residents.
In 1972, the mine was closed for 40 years due to environment contamination.
In 1978-2010, it was used as a storage place for salted shrimps from Sorae Port.
In 2011, the land was purchased by Gwangmyeong City and transformed into a cave theme park, retaining its industrial heritage and cultural values.
Since the cave was opened to the public in 2011, it has since hosted multiple events including movie screenings, concerts, fashion shows and exhibitions.
In-cave attractions include Wormhole Square (light theme experiences in cave), Cave Underground World (underground passage that miners once carried the mined ore), Cave Underground Lake, Golden Road (road of ‘Long Life, Happiness and Peace’), Modern History Museum, Aqua Cave World on fishes, etc.
In addition, there is a 194m long Wine Cave where 170 types of wine from around South Korea are sold. Wine tasting is conducted every Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 to 16:00.
Outside the cave are traces of the miners like 'Seongwangjang’ (Ore Separation Site), 'Dogonae' (The Road of Salt), Miner Stone Statue, Girl Statue of Peace and 'Sky View' Cave Observation Platform.
In June 2017, the romantic Maru de Cave (high-class wine restaurant) opened its doors serving Korean beef steaks cooked by the leading chefs of high end hotels. Other eateries at Gwangmyeong Cave include the Cafe Cafe and Open-air Cafe.
Gwangmyeong Cave theme park, a memorable journey that traces back 100 years into its history.
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