Although Samcheok in Gangwon-do is not a big city like Seoul or Busan, it is a hidden tourist attraction preserving a 500 million year-old cave, beautiful valleys and striking views of the ocean. Samcheok City Tour Bus allows visitors to easily travel to Samcheok’s magnificent tourist attractions such as Daegeumgul Cave, Samcheok Ocean Railbike, Jukseoru Pavilion, Isabu Leo (Lion) Park, and Haesindang Park. Hop on the Samcheok City Tour Bus and enjoy a great tour course today.
Samcheok City Tour Information
Perched on the edge of a rocky cliff, Jukseoru Pavilion is a quaint 2-story pavilion surrounded by foliage. The natural bedrock of the mountain serves as a large part of the pavilion's base, giving the quiet mountain structure an added sense of grace and harmony with its surroundings. Poems written by prominent figures of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) are framed and hang from the rafters of the pavilion, adding even more historical value and atmosphere to this treasured landmark.
Daegeumgul Cave Monorail and inside view of the cave
Estimated to have been formed around 500 million years ago, Daegeumgul Cave opened to the public in 2007. It is a well-preserved cave that has remained almost untouched since it was formed by the powerful forces of nature. Daegeumgul cave features limestone stalactites and other typical cave formations, as well as the unique feature of a series of large and small waterfalls that were formed naturally over time by the water that flows through the cave. For an even closer look at the cave’s wonderful formations, take the monorail 140m down into the depths of the cave.
The Ocean Railbike is a unique leisure sport in which riders pedal along repurposed railroad tracks on a special, four-wheel bike. A creative way to tour the coastline, the railbike is also a safe and convenient option for the whole family to enjoy together. The approximately 10km round-trip course consists of stops at an observatory and a rest station, as well as a journey through a marine tunnel, which artfully combines a mini-lesson in marine ecology with a multi-colored laser light show.
Celebrating the age-old folk theme of phallic worship, Haesindang Park consists of an erotic sculpture park, Haesindang (shrine of the Sea God), and the Samcheok Fishing Village Folk Museum. On display at the sculpture park are 65 phallus-themed works of art that are set against the backdrop of the powerful East Sea. The Samcheok Fishing Village Folk Museum has a large theater aquarium with state-of-the-art facilities, an observatory, and five exhibition halls depicting the daily lives of the fishermen of the East Sea. While at the museum, be sure to check out the ship simulation corner for a fun experience!
* This column was last updated in September 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.
<Last updated on September 16, 2016>