Last weekend, my family traveled to Jecheon (my husband’s hometown) but the usually two-hour car drive took seven hours. We literally spent the Children’s Day holiday in the car! The following day, before driving back to Seoul (which took five hours!) we decided to take our son to Danyang to visit the Gosu Cave. Danyang is located in the province of North Chungcheong (Chungcheongbuk-do). It was my second time as my first was on May 10th eight years ago ;p
According to the information outside the cave:
“Kosu Cave – National Monument No. 256
The Spleological Society of Korea investigated this grotto in October 1973. The lime formation into which this cave was formed is about 400-500 million years old and the cave itself is estimated to be around 150,000 years old. This cave is valuable for research for its terrain, cave coral, aragonite, and other mineral materials, animals and plants.
This 1700-meter long grotto is in its maturity stage and offers scenic rows of stalactite and stalagmite formations created by eroded shelves and great quantity of subterranean water.”
Since we were there on a Sunday, there were lots of tourists. I couldn’t stop for a long time to take better pictures.
There are lots of stairs and narrow pathways in the cave. There are even some points where I had to enter sideways – luckily I didn’t get stuck!
We had to climb vertical stairways and go down spiral staircases as well. It was 15 degrees inside but I was sweating…
We spent about 40 to 50 minutes in the cave. Frankly, I didn’t bother to check the time as I had a great time admiring the natural formations. My son wasn’t scared a bit and he really enjoyed exploring Gosu Cave.
After our “spelunking” adventure, my husband and I drank “makgeolli” – a traditional Korean rice wine. Outside, we saw a palm-reading machine ;p
If you want to visit Danyang’s Gosu Cave:
– Take the bus from Dong Seoul Terminal (Gangbyeon station line 2) to Danyang
– From Danyang Bus Terminal, take a taxi to Gosu Cave (about 5 minutes or 1.5 kilometers)
– Adults: 5,000 won
– Teenagers: 3,000 won
– Children: 2,000 won
– Kids younger than 5 enter for free
Parking: 2,000 won
Website: (Korean only) http://www.kosu.or.kr