Hwaam Gul


Useful Information

Location: Halfway up Gakhee mountain, Hwaam 2-ri Dong-myeon. 21km from Jeongseon-eup. Follow local road No. 424 (Deoku~Baekjeon).
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Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: electric.
Dimension: L=730m, VR=50m.
Guided tours: L=1,803m.
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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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History

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.

Description

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.