Flanked by three national parks, Danyang is a small town nestled in a beautiful valley southeast of Seoul in the North Chungcheong Province. We headed to Danyang in search of an epic hiking weekend (shocking, I know). Two days, two national parks. Our plan was to hike Woraksan National Park on Saturday followed by Sobaeksan National Park on Sunday. Waking up to a never-ending downpour bright and early Saturday morning put an obvious hitch in our plans. With no end to the rain in sight (and English tourism maps in hand), we headed to the next best thing.
Only a hop, skip and jump away from Danyang, Gosu Cave is an attraction worth a visit. Entrance to the cave is only ₩5,000. The cave has a well-designed system of walkways and staircases that lead you through a leisurely 45-minute tour. As with every tourist attraction in Korea, there are awkwardly placed, makeshift photo studios complete with stone-faced Korean families that make for good entertainment along the way.
To get to Gosu Cave by foot from Danyang, walk across the river on the red bridge and continue straight for a mere 10 – 15 minutes to the entrance of the cave. You can’t miss it! Alternatively, a cab would cost about 3,000 and take less than 5 minutes.
Up next: Danyang Part 2: Woraksan National Park.