성류동굴

Seongnyu Gul - Seongryu Cave - Songnyugul Cave - Sungryu Cave - Tengcheongul Cave - Geumgang Underground Mountain


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Sungryu cave, Uljin, South Korea. Public Domain.
Location: Ulchin-gun, Kyangsangbuk-do. From Tong Seoul Bus Terminal take a Ulchin-bound bus, 6:30. At Ulchin Bus Terminal take a city bus to Sangnyugul Cave, 20min. The cave is located in a cliff and can be accessed from both sides, north and south. The big parking lot is on the south side.
Open: MAR to OCT daily 9-18.
NOV to FEB daily 9-17.
[2016]
Fee: Adults WAN 3,000, Children (10-18) WAN 2,000, Children (0-9) WON 1,500.
[2016]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: electric.
Dimension: T=10-17°C, L=915m.
Guided tours: L=470m.
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Address: Songnyugul Cave, 30 San Gusan-ri, Geunnam-myeon, Uljin-gun, Gyeongbuk, Tel: +82-54-782-4006, Fax: +82-565-785-6466.
Seongryugul Management Office, 225 Seongryugul-ro, Geunnam-myeon, Uljin-gun, Tel: +82-54-789-5400.
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History

1592-1598 during the Japanese invasion a Buddhist statue was sheltered in the cave.
10-MAY-1963 designated Natural Monument No. 155.
1963 opened to the public as a show cave, first show cave of Korea.

Description

성류동굴 (Seongryugul) was named such because Buddhist statues were hidden there during the Japanese invasion of 1592-1598, the Imjin War. The name means the place where the holy Buddha stayed. More than 500 local residents fled into the cave and according to legend were trapped inside by the Japanese Army and starved to death. Before it was called Seonyugul which means the place where the gods played freely. It is Korea's first show cave, opened to the public in 1963.

This is a river cave, the river could once only be crossed by boat. The river forms five pools along the path. The chambers of the tour are numbered, twelve of them are visited. Most impressive are the last two chambers with their extraordinary speleothems. The 11th chamber is called Sambulsang because its speleothems look as if three Buddhas were standing in line. The 12th chamber contains Pomuls am (Treasure Island) a spectacular array of extremely clear and bright stalagmites and stalactites.

This cave was first mentioned by Gog Lee, a renowned scholar during Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). But it is likely that this cave was formerly mentioned under the name Jangcheon Cave in the Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms (삼국유사 - Samgukyusa). It is a collection of legends and folktales from Silla (57 BC - A.D. 935), Baekje (18 B.C.-A.D. 660) and Goguryeo (37 B.C.-A.D. 668).