Gwangmyeong means prosperous life. located southwest of Seoul, it’s known for several large discount shopping centers like IKEA, Costco, Lotte Premium Outlet, etc.
I started the day off at IKEA. I have never had Swedish meatballs, so I was pretty excited to check out the IKEA food court.
The shopping experience at IKEA was pretty similar to the ones I had in the US. There was a large selection and the prices were similar to that in the US.
IKEA, Lotte Outlet, and Costco and all located on the same intersection, but since they open late, I decided to check out the nearby Gwangmeyong Cave before it closed.
Gwangmyeong Cave is an artificial cave built in 1912 and used until 1931 to dig gold, silver, copper, and zinc to make weapons for the Japanese army. After liberation from Japan, the mine was reopened and used by a Korean company until it went bankrupt largely due to a major flood in 1972. It’s been open to tourists for only a few years now (since 2011.)
Operating Hours: 9am – 6pm (Closed Mondays)
Admission Fees: Adults 4,000 won
Average Viewing Time: 1-2 hours
Contact Info 02-2680-6550
After the cave, I went back to the Lotte Outlet for shopping and dinner.