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    Sightseeing / Gwongeumseong Fortress
    Admin     Sat Jul 01, 2006 11:52 am

Address : Seorak-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do Province

Description
Gwongeumseong Castle is the site of a castle ruins called Mt. Seoraksan Castle, and it is also known as Mt. Onggeumsan Castle, or Toto Castle. It is located on the steep Dol Mountain of Mt. Seoraksan Sogongwon area. It is believed to have been built by the 23rd King of the Goryeo Period (918~1392), Gojong (1213~1259 reign). It is also called Gwon-Kim Castle, as there is a legend that two generals named Gwon and Kim, built the castle to avoid war.
At the left side of Sogongwon, past the Biryonggyo Bridge over the ravine, there is a path which leads to Gwongeumseong Castle, but it takes over an hour of travel through a steep, rocky path (2.5km), so cable cars are used. The cable car was installed by Dr. Gi-Sup Lee in 1971 and is still used by many tourists. It is operated from 7 a.m. to 6 or 6:30 p.m., departs every 7 minutes, and you can only purchase round-trip tickets at the ticket counter for that day. At the plateau of Gwongeumseong Castle there are 80 sections of rocks and you can see the East Sea and city of Sokcho. Also, to the west, you can see all kinds of fantastic rocks and stones which make up the Seoraksan Mountains.

Local Transportation
1. From Sokcho-si, take city bus No. 7 (15 minute interval / 25-30 min ride). 
    Get off at Mt. Seoraksan Sogongwon (small park).
2. From Sokcho-si, taxi takes 15-20 min to the entrance of Oeseorak.

Detailed Info
1. Inquiries: Mt. Seorak National Park Administration Office +82-33-636-7700. 7702 (Korean)/
                  Travel Phone +82-33-1330(Eng, Kor, Jpn, Chn)
2. Homepage: http://www.npa.or.kr/sorak/eng/npa/intro.htm (Eng, Kor)
3. Admission Fee: Sinheungsa Temple district
  Classification      19-64   13-18/ Student/ Military Personnel    7-12
    Individual   3,400 won                     1,300 won   700 won
       Group   3,200 won                      1,100 won   550 won
* Groups are more than 30 persons.
* Age 6 or under / 65 or over are free.
* Admission Fees for cultural assets are included.
4. Cable Car
* Sogongwon(small park)-Gwongeumseong Fortress (6.2km / 6 min ride).
* Schedule: 5 min interval / 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (Aug-Sep) / 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Oct-Jul)
* Fare (round-trip): age 13-: 7,000 won / 4-13: 5,000 won / -3: free

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Update : 2005-11-09
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