Hwaam Gul

Useful Information

Location: Halfway up Gakhee mountain, Hwaam 2-ri Dong-myeon. 21 km from Jeongseon-eup. Follow local road No. 424 (Deoku~Baekjeon).
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=730 m, VR=50 m.
Guided tours: L=1,803 m.
Address: Dong-myeon, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do.
Tourism and Culture Bureau of Jeongseon-gun, Tel: +82-33-560-2365.
Hwaam Tourist Attraction Control Office, Tel: +82-33-560-2578.
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1922 start of mining operations at Cheonpo mine.
1934 discoverd during mining activities in a gold mine.
1945 mining ended.
26-FEB-1980 designated Local Monument No. 33.


This is rather rare: a cave discovered during mining activities. Normally the soluble sedimentary rock which are essential for karst caves do not contain much valuable ores. But in this case the Cheonpo mine produced gold. And so the mining of the gold is a main topic at the cave tours.

The cave itself is noteworthy for extraordinary speleothems. The main chamber is extremely big, and it contains very big stalagmites.