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Jeollabuk-do » Jinan-gun » Maisan Hwaeomgul Cave (마이산 화엄굴)


Maisan Hwaeomgul Cave (마이산 화엄굴)   
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  • Maisan Hwaeomgul Cave (마이산 화엄굴)
  • Maisan Hwaeomgul Cave (마이산 화엄굴)
  • Maisan Hwaeomgul Cave (마이산 화엄굴)
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367, Maisannam-ro, Maryeong-myeon, Jinan-gun, Jeollabuk-do
전라북도 진안군 마령면 마이산남로 367 (마령면)
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Maisan Mountain has two major peaks made of sedimentary rocks; these peaks are said to be ‘couple peaks’ and cannot be found anywhere else. Sut Maibong (alt. 667m) is said to be the male peak while the slightly larger Am Maibong (alt. 673m) is deemed the female peak. In the early Joseon Period the mountain was named ‘Sokgeumsan,’ but began to be called ‘Maisan’ after the 12th year of King Taejong, who commented that the two peaks resembled a horse’s ears (‘maisan’ meaning ‘horse ears’). All along Maisan Mountain, you will find small crater-like rock cavities that are formed by prolonged weathering. These unique geological features, called ‘tafoni,’ are of great academic value.

Inside Hwaeomgul Cave, you’ll find medicinal water that flows up from underground all throughout the year. It is widely believed that once you drink the water, especially on the days of the Spring and Autumn Equinox, you will soon have a son and be blessed by the mountain spirit. Even today, many women who have difficulty conceiving visit the mountain to pray to the mountain spirits for their heart’s desire—the gift of a child. The region in which Maisan is located is the birthplace of many talented people and national heroes, which some say is proof of the blessings of the mountain and its extremely powerful spirit.
N/A (Open all year round)
Operating Hours
Parking Facilities
Available (Nambu & Bukbu parking lots)
Parking Fees
Cars: 2,000 won Buses: 3,000 won
Admission Fees
Free ※ Additional admission fee for cultural assets will be charged.
Interpretation Services Offered
Maisan Information Center: +82-63-2652
(Available in English, Japanese, and Chinese)
Korean Info. Service
Maisan Information Center: +82-63-2652
Not permitted
Tourist Sites
Maisan Mountain (Tafoni Topography) (마이산 타포니지형)
Maisan Mountain (Tafoni Topography) (마이산 타포니지형)
  • Region : Jinan-gun Jeollabuk-do
  • Theme : Rare Animals/ Plants/Spectacular Cliffs & Rock Formations
  • Looking at Maisan Mountain from the south, one can see small cave-like features on the steep slopes ...
Eunsusa Temple (은수사)
Eunsusa Temple (은수사)
  • Region : Jinan-gun Jeollabuk-do
  • Theme : Temples/ Religious Sites
  • The temple located upon Maisan Mountain was called Sangwonsa Temple during the early Joseon Dynasty ...
Tapsa Temple (마이산 탑사)
Tapsa Temple (마이산 탑사)
  • Region : Jinan-gun Jeollabuk-do
  • Theme : Temples/ Religious Sites
  • Tapsa Temple is located 1.9km away from the southern parking lot of Maisan Mountain in Dongchon-ri, ...
Maisan Provincial Park (마이산도립공원)
Maisan Provincial Park (마이산도립공원)
  • Region : Jinan-gun Jeollabuk-do
  • Theme : National & Provincial & County Parks
  • Mt. Maisan Provincial Park is located in Jinan-gun, Jeollabuk-do. During the Silla Kingdom, it was c...
Jinan Red Ginseng Spa (진안홍삼스파)
Jinan Red Ginseng Spa (진안홍삼스파)
  • Region : Jinan-gun Jeollabuk-do
  • Theme : Hot Springs/ Bath Houses/Spas/ Jjimjilbangs
  • The Jinan Red Ginseng Spa is a spacious spa (B1-3F, 7,720 square meters) offering an unusual assortm...

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