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|Gwongeumseong Fortress is the site of a castle ruins located on Seoraksan Mountain, and it is also known as Mt. Onggeumsan Castle, or Toto Castle. It is located on the steep Dolsan Mountain of Seoraksan Sogongwon area. It is believed to have been built by the 23rd King of the Goryeo Period (918-1392), Gojong (r. 1213-1259). 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 car is used. The cable car was installed by Dr. Gi-Sup Lee in 1971 and is still used by many tourists. It runs from 7 a.m. to 6 or 6:30 p.m., departing every 7 minutes, and you can only purchase round-trip tickets at the ticket counter for that day.
|* Sogongwon Park → Cable car → Gwongeumseong Fortress: 1.5 km, 30 mins|
|Mountain Not Access Period|
|Seasonal Forest Fire Watches by Park
March 2 - May 15, 2016
* TBD by park directors based on fire weather advisories, snow/precipitation levels, and other local conditions.
|From 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours before sunset|
Adults (ages over 13) 8,500 won / Children (ages 3-13) 5,500 won
* Free - ages under 3
* Depending on the season and weather, operating hours are subject to change. Visitors should call in advance.
2,000 won for Light-weight car
4,000-5,000 won for Mid-sizedㆍSmall car
6,000-7,500 won for Large car
From Seoul Express Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus to Sokcho (approx. 3-4hrs).
- From the bus terminal in Sokcho, take Bus No. 7 and get off at Sogongwon Bus Stop (approx. 30min)