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Jeongseon, Gangwon, meets in winter - Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do, Korea

Art works installed in the Samtan Art Mine yard

Jeongseon, Gangwon, meets in winter

Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do, Korea

<Full travel path>
Samtan Art Main → Car 37 minutes 32.87km → Hwaam Cave → 1 minute walk 139m → Jeongseon Local Museum & Cheonpo Geumchon → Car 38 minutes 29.07km → Gariwangsan Natural Recreation Forest (stay) → Car 19 minutes 13.87km → Arari Village → Car 5 Minutes 1.66km → Jeongseon Arirang Market → 8 minutes by car 3.67km → Byeongbangchi Skywalk
The unspoiled nature, the innocent spirit, and the friendly scenery and memories full of old memories are often referred to as the “hometown of the mind”. Gangwon-do and Jeongseon-do are one of those places. A place where Arari rhythms are formed under the clean foothills of Baekdu-daegan, and all kinds of nostalgic things such as oil fields and old houses fill the eyes, mouth, and heart. Jeongseon meets at the beginning of the winter and greets the traveler with warmth like a briquette.
Abandoned mine, Samtan Artmine, reborn as an art space full of emotion
Can we talk about the history of Jeongseon except the 1960s and 1970s when the coal industry was booming? At that time, dozens of coal mines were operated in Jeongseon, and it was economically plentiful enough to say, 'A dog also carries money.' However, as the coal industry declined, most of the abandoned mines were in order, and tens of thousands of miners were scattered. The Samcheok throne, located at the foot of Mt. Hambaek, also endured this crisis. In 2001, it was eventually abandoned after 40 years of history. Samtan Artmine, newly opened in this place, added 'Samtan', which is an abbreviation of Samcheok Throne, to 'Artmine,' which means mining, not art, but art.
Samtan Artmine recycled the old building of Samcheok
This is where the idea came from Zollverein, Germany, which is regarded as the world's most beautiful coal mining culture and arts space.
Art works displayed in the office building
Samtan Artmine, which recycled the old building of the Samcheok throne, exhibited various works of art collected from around the world in a building used as an office building. In particular, exotic paintings and sculptures are placed in the shower room where the miners wash their bodies covered with coal powder to create a delicate harmony.
Paintings exhibited in the old miner's shower room
This space was also used as a filming location for the popular drama <Descendants of the Sun>. On the other side of the exhibition room, the male protagonist was provided with military uniforms to take a commemorative photo. Thanks to this, the elderly are happy to wear military uniforms and take photos as if they were the main characters in the drama. At Samtan Museum, you can find equipment used by miners, as well as related documents such as pay stubs and resumes from Samcheok throne employees. It is even more interesting for seniors who clearly remember the days when the coal industry flourished.
Drama 'The descendants of the sun' experience space
The exhibition leads to an outdoor rail-by-museum, where a huge vertical pit and even a yard carrying miners in the past hundreds of meters underground has been left intact. The still scenery of the yard where black coal powder is still piled up and the pink-pink flower works unfamiliar on it create a unique mood.
Exhibition space in the life of miners
The factory building, which was used to manufacture and repair coal mine machinery, was reborn as a vintage restaurant, where a special menu called 'Miner's Lunch Box' is presented. The lunch box, which was made with memories of the father who was actually a miner, is well suited to the taste of the elderly, with the rice cooked in a tightly pressed manner and the rich side dishes that feel luxurious. Samtan Artmine is the only place where most of the exhibition space is indoors to avoid Jeongseon's bitter winter wind. There are various rest areas such as restaurants and cafes as well as elevators, so it is good for elderly people to take a leisurely tour. If you purchase an integrated ticket including a miner's lunch box, you can enjoy the view more reasonably.
Miner's Lunch Box with Stories
Hwaam Cave, Local Museum, Cheonpo Geumgwangchon, full of beautiful nature and colorful stories
Hwaam Cave, one of Jeongseon's representative destinations, is known for its mysterious natural cave, but during the Japanese colonial period, it was a gold mine that mined massive gold in the name of Cheonpo Mine.
Hwaam Cave Entrance
In order to fulfill the dream of advancing into the continent, Japan, who had looted even a spoon in a cauldron if it could be a war item, forcibly mobilized Koreans to wander through the caves.
Model tunnel of old Cheonpo mine
The ladder, which was installed when the gold mine was first developed, is made up of roughly wooden sticks on a dizzying slope, and the dangers and fears that Koreans had to endure at the time were felt.
Wooden ladder installed early in development
The gold veins that exchanged with the pain of many people still remain in the caves, creating a mysterious yet sad impression.
Hwaam Cave's Gold Vein
After a heartbreaking chapter of history, the fairy tale world guided by the cute goblins stimulates concentricity.
A ghost that stimulates concentricity
The natural cave in the form of a square, which reveals the shape of the next, is a huge sculpture created by nature and time, and admires the elderly.
Beautiful scenery of natural cave
In particular, Yuseok Falls, the largest in Asia, overwhelms the viewers from the magnificent scale. Even the beautiful petrified flowers that bloom all over the cave keep stopping.
Asia's largest waterfall
The Hwaam Cave can be conveniently accessed by monorail, but the cave viewing path reaches 1.8km, and steep slopes are connected in various places, requiring the attention of the elderly. In addition, because of the nature of the cave, it is necessary to prepare shoes with hard floors in advance and hold the railings to prevent slipping on the stairs.
Stairs needing attention
On the other side of the Hwaam Cave, there is a local museum that displays various local artifacts from Jeongseon and a Cheonpo Geumchon that reproduces the old gold mine.
Local Museum
The museum is not very large, When you pee as a child, it's a delightful space for the elderly, full of artifacts that remind you of memories like a streak of bats and a key that used to wear salt and a bright night on the moon.
Cheonpo Gold Mine Village
Ararichon, time travel to the old Jeongseon
Jeongseon, located in the center of the Taebaek Mountain Range in Gangwon-do, is surrounded by magnificent mountainous slopes of more than 1,000m above sea level such as Gariwangsan and Hambaeksan. For this reason, it is famous for rain in summer and very cold in winter. Arari Village is located in Jeongseon-eup, where you can get a glimpse of the unique residential culture that reflects these climatic features.
Gulpijip, Jeongseon's traditional house
From entering the entrance, the oyster house that covered the roof with oyster called oak bark, and the house and you that connected the roof with the board that split the pine chipboard, and the stem after peeling the hemp bark, instead of straw, it was covered with thatch, a thin flagstone like a bump. Traditional houses of Jeongseon, where the wisdom of the old ancestors stand out, such as stone houses and ear-frame houses where barked logs are stacked in the shape of a 'well well', in turn catch the eye.
Roof of stone house
In particular, the older people who used grains to chop grains were rare in recent years, so the elderly looked at them very interestingly.
Log mill
On the other side, there is also a space with the theme of "Yangbanjeon", the representative work of Yeonam Park, who unraveled the incompetence of the yangbans and the tyranny of the officials with a sharp satirical and memorable humor against the backdrop of Jeongseon.
Street decorated with the theme of <Yangbanjeon>
On the Yangbanjeon Street, which reproduces the main scenes in the work, there is also an experience space where you can write a real Yangban certificate, giving the elderly a different fun.
Yangban Certificate Experience Space
Ararichon is filled with traditional houses on a gentle flatland, so it is easy for the elderly to take a tour. In addition, when you pay the admission fee, the same amount is exchanged for Arirang Gift Certificate.
Ararichon Cafe
Sightseeing Food Markets, Jeongseon Arirang Market
Jeongseon Arirang Market, which is held on the 2nd and 7th of each month, is probably the most famous country market in the country.
Jeongseon Arirang Market Entrance
Special trains run in Cheongnyangni, Seoul, on the market day, and there are endless visits by visitors to the weekends.
Inside Jeongseon Arirang Market
Jungseon's clean nature, cultivated herbs and other local foods that are difficult to taste in this area, plus a generous rural feel, a marketplace that brings warmth to the elderly.
Savory sorghum
Gondre and Hwanggi, which are piled up in Nanjeon, are also visited, and you can taste the buckwheat and sorghum buckwheat served on the spot and fill the boat with old memories.
Instant Buckwheat War
On the other hand, in the alley of the market, tadpole noodles made of buckwheat and simmered every time they put it in their mouths, and tadpole noodles named after the nose, and tadpole noodles made by kneading corn flour, and tadpole short noodles It's a good idea to take a meal here as you're selling your back.
Tadpole noodles with unique noodles
In addition, at the entrance of the marketplace, there are also performances where you can feel the special excitement of “Arirang's hometown” on the market day and on the weekend.
Gondrebab, Jeongseon's local food
Beautiful Korean Peninsula Terrain, Byeongbangchi Skywalk
Starting with Seonam Village in Yeongwol, observation decks have emerged all over the place that overlooks the shape of the Korean Peninsula. One of them is Jeongseon Bamseom, where the Donggang flows slowly along the circumference of the island. In order to fully appreciate the view of Bamseom, which resembles the Korean Peninsula, you have to climb on the skywalk located in a barracks.
Transparent glass bottom bottle sky walk
Designed in the shape of an “U” toward the air, the Byeongchichi Skywalk becomes as if walking in the sky as soon as it rises. It is not easy to stand on the edge of the observatory even at a small distance, but the view of Bamseom from here is resilient. If it is snowing, you can meet picturesque snow scenes.
Byeongbangchi Skywalk with Bamseom
But Due to the nature of the glass floor, access to the observation deck may be restricted depending on weather conditions, so it is recommended to check whether it is operating in advance and to visit during the day when the sun is as warm as possible in winter. Also, when looking around the observation deck, the floor may be slippery.
Bamseom in the shape of the Korean Peninsula
Travel information

Recommended travel course (same day course)

Day 1: Byeongbangchi Skywalk → Jeongseon Arirang Market → Arari Village → Hwaam Cave, Jeongseon Local Museum, Cheonpo Geumgwangchon

Recommended travel course (2 days and 1 night course)

Day 1: Byeongbangchi Skywalk → Jeongseon Arirang Market → Arari Village → Hwaam Cave, Jeongseon Local Museum, Cheonpo Geumgwangchon
Day 2: Ararichon → Jeongseon Arirang Market → Byeongbangchi Skywalk


-Samtan Art Main: 1445-44 Hambaeksan-ro, Gohan-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do / 033-591-3001

-Hwaam Cave: 12-8 Hwaam Cave-gil, Hwaam-myeon, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do / 033-560-3415

-Local Museum: 12-2, Hwaamdonggul-gil, Hwaam-myeon, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do / 033-560-3418

-Cheonpo Geumgwangchon: 12-1, Hwaamdonggul-gil, Hwaam-myeon, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do / 033-562-7062

-Ararichon: 37, Aesan-ro, Jeongseon-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do / 033-560-3435

-Jeongseon Arirang Market: 39 Bongyang 7-gil, Jeongseon-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do / 033-563-6200

-Byeongbangchi Skywalk: 225, Byeongbangchi-gil, Jeongseon-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do / 033-563-4100,3600

-Jeongseon Tourism Information: 1544-9053 / www.ariaritour.com

Barrier-free information

-Samtan Artmine

* Opening hours: Summer 09:00 ~ 18:00, summer polarity season 09:00 ~ 19:00, winter season 09:30 ~ 17:30
* Admission: 13,000 won for adults, 12,000 won for middle and high school students, 11,000 won for elementary school students, 11,000 won for senior citizens (over 65 years old), free for children under 5 years old, discounts-50% discount from locals and miners in Taebaek (with ID card), welfare Discount on the amount of the pass for card and national merit cards
* Closed: Every Monday (except summer polarity season)
* Handicapped parking area available
* Handicapped toilet available
* There is a wheelchair ramp
* With elevator

-Hwaam Cave

* Opening hours: 09:00 ~ 17:00
* Fee: 5,000 won for adults, 3,500 won for middle and high school students and soldiers, 2,000 won for children, discount (military)-3,500 won for adults, 2,500 won for middle and high school students and soldiers, 1,500 won for children, free-children under 6 years old and 65 years old Senior citizens above (when holding an identification card), disabled persons (when holding a registration certificate), national merit and spouse (when carrying the relevant proof) / Monorail: 3,000 won for adults, 2,000 won for middle and high school students and soldiers, 1,500 won for children (Monorail boarding fee is discounted and exempted) Not subject)
* Handicapped parking area available
* Handicapped toilet available
* Please note that there are many downhill stairs in the cave

-Jeongseon Local Museum

* Opening hours: 09:00 ~ 18:00
* Admission: Free
* Handicapped parking area available (in Hwaam Cave Tourist Complex)
* Handicapped toilet available
* There is a wheelchair ramp
* With elevator

-Cheonpo Geumgwangchon

* Opening hours: 09:00 ~ 18:00
* Admission: Free
* Handicapped parking area available (in Hwaam Cave Tourist Complex)
* Handicapped toilet available


* Opening hours: 09:00 ~ 18:00
* Usage fee: 3,000 won per person (the same amount of Arirang gift certificate is paid)
* Handicapped parking area available
* Handicapped toilet available
* Most flat roads

-Jeongseon Arirang Market

* Collection day: 2nd, 7th and weekend of each month (permanent markets open depending on the store)

* There is no parking space for the disabled, but there is plenty of parking space.
* Handicapped toilet available
* Most flat roads

-Byeongbangchi Sky Walk

* Opening hours: Summer 09:00 ~ 18:00 Winter 09:00 ~ 17:00
* Fee: 2,000 won for adults, 1,000 won for adolescents and children, free for preschool children under 6 years old, discount-30% for seniors aged 65 and over, 30% for persons with disabilities from 1st to 3rd level, 30% for national merit, residents of Jeongseon, Yeongwol, Taebaek, and Samcheok (On weekdays only if you have an ID card) 50%
* Admission may be restricted depending on the weather conditions on the day
* Handicapped parking area available
* Handicapped toilet available

Move information

Public transportation information

-[Bus] Dong Seoul General Terminal (10 times a day, about 2 hours 30 minutes) ↔ Jeongseon Intercity Bus Terminal
* Inquiries: Dong Seoul General Terminal 1688-5979 / www.ti21.co.kr

-[train] Cheongnyangni Station (Jeongseon Arirang Train, takes about 3 hours 30 minutes) ↔ Jeongseon Station
* Inquiries: Letsko Rail 1544-7788 / www.letskorail.com

-[Information on the movement of tourist spots in Jeongseon]
Use the bus stop at Jeongseon Intercity Bus Terminal / Hwaam Cave, Arari Village (No. 2 Rural Community Bus)
Use the bus stop at Jeongseon Intercity Bus Terminal / Jeongseon Arirang Market (No. 8 Rural Fishing Bus)
Gohan and Sabuk Bus Terminal Bus Stop / Samtan Art Main (No. 60 Rural and Fishing Bus)

Self-driving information

-Yeongdong Expressway → Odaecheon-ro → Jeongseon (about 3 hours and 10 minutes from Seoul)

Food and lodging information


-Gariwangsan Natural Recreation Forest : 707 Garariwangsan-ro, Jeongseon-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do / 033-562-5833 / Handicapped parking area available / Handicapped restroom available / Wheelchair ramp available / Handicapped rooms available (House in the forest-8-room occupants) / Braille blocks in rooms dedicated to disabled people / http://www.foresttrip.go.kr/

-Highland Hotel : 26, Gohan-ro, Gohan-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon / 033-591-3500 / Parking lot for the disabled / Wheelchair ramp / Elevator available / Room for the disabled only / http://www.hi-landhotel.co.kr/

-High1 Resort : 424 Haiwon-gil, Gohan-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon / 1588-7789 / Parking space for the disabled / Toilet for the disabled / Wheelchair rental available

Restaurants near

-Dongkwang Restaurant : Hwanggi Jokbal, Kotdeunggi Noodles / 033-563-3100 / 27, Noksong 1-gil, Jeongseon-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon / Seating Table / No parking for the disabled / No toilet for the disabled

-Sarigol : Gondrenamulbab / 033-562-4554 / 1312 Jeongseon-ro, Jeongseon-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon / Seating Table / No parking for disabled / No toilet for disabled / https://ssarigol.modoo.at/

-Cheongwon Restaurant : Kotdeungchi noodles / 033-562-4262 / 7-1, Yeoryang 6-gil, Yeoryang-myeon, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon / Standing table / No parking for the disabled / No toilet for the disabled

※ The above information was updated in November 2018, and may be changed later, so be sure to check it before you travel.
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