Visit Gochangeupseong Fortress in Gochang, South Korea

gochang fortress old men
Just shortly after our visit to Damyang fortress we found out that there is another fortress in our area. Gochangeupseong Fortress (고창읍성) in Gochang, Jeollabukdo is about an hour from Gwangju, Jeollanamdo.

Unlike Damyang fortress which is on the mountain top, Gochang fortress, built in 1453, is right in the residential area of Gochang. Just park your car, walk around the corner and you’re there!

gochang fortress old men
Once inside the gate there are a variety of paths you can take to explore the area. Some bring you to temples and buildings within the grounds of the fortress, or to a bamboo forest with large trees towering overhead.

gochang fortress forest
gochang fortress pagoda
gochang fortress bamboo forest
The most popular path though is to follow the fortress wall. It’s not a difficult walk but there is no railing so you do need to watch your step. It’s a steep drop down!

gochang fortress wall
gochang fortress gate
We were also really excited (probably more than most people would be!) to find that there is a dolmen inside the fortress walls! Dolmen are prehistoric tombs with the majority of them being made around 4000 – 3000 BC. While they can be found in Europe, Asia and Africa, Korea is home to 40% of the world’s dolmen. Most of these can be found in Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa. After the fortress visit we did drive out into the countryside to see the main dolmen site but it’s about 15 minute walk from the main parking area and we were getting tired and hungry so we just looked at it from afar.

gochang fortress dolmen

Transportation by Bus

Take a bus to the Gochang Bus Terminal. Once there the fortress is a short walk or taxi ride.

Admission Cost

  • Adults 1,000 won
  • Youth 600 won
  • Kids 400 won