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Seoraksan National Park ์„ค์•…์‚ฐ๊ตญ๋ฆฝ๊ณต์› & around Sokcho

๊ฐ•์›๋„ ์†์ดˆ์‹œ ์„ค์•…์‚ฐ๋กœ ์„ค์•…์‚ฐ๊ตญ๋ฆฝ๊ณต์› ์™ธ์„ค์•…๋งคํ‘œ์†Œ | Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do

Seoraksan National Park - Opening Hours

Open all year round.

Seorak Cable Car: 08:30/09:00-18:00. Varies according to season and weather conditions.

Seoraksan National Park - Admission Fees

Park Entrance - Adult: 3,500 won / Teen (age 14-19): 1,000 won / Child (age 8-13): 500 won

Optional Cable Car Ride (return ticket only, 5 mins per way) - Adult: 10,000 won / Child: 6,000 won

Seoraksan National Park - How to Go Guide

Option 1 (preferred):

Departing from Seoul Express Bus Terminal ์„œ์šธ๊ณ ์†๋ฒ„์Šคํ„ฐ๋ฏธ๋‚  

์„œ์šธํŠน๋ณ„์‹œ ์„œ์ดˆ๊ตฌ ์‹ ๋ฐ˜ํฌ๋กœ 194 (๋ฐ˜ํฌ๋™) | 194, Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul

Express Bus Terminal Station (line 3/7/9, exit 1 - Gyeongbu & Yeongdong Line).

www.exterminal.co.kr (Korean only)

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Take the Express Bus bound for Sokcho (์†์ดˆ), arriving at Sokcho Express Bus Terminal. 2.5-3hrs, first bus@6:00, last bus@23:30, 36 trips daily, Adult: 17,900 won / Teen (age 13-18): 12,500 won / Child (age 7-12): 9,000 won.

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Upon arrived at the bus terminal, walk 100m towards the traffic light on your right (when facing the road), cross the road, turn left 20m to the bus stop and take bus #7/7-1 (1,100 won,30-40mins) to the park entrance which is the last stop. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the taxi stand outside the bus terminal to the national park. 15-20 mins (15,000+ won) . There is an Information Centre next to this newer bus terminal, as well as a convenient store and cafe. A short 7 mins walk to Sokcho Beach.

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Intercity Bus to Seoraksan National Park | Overnight Trip from Seoul, South Korea
Intercity Bus Rest Stop to Seoraksan National Park | Overnight Trip from Seoul, South Korea
Dongbu Express Bus Terminal for Seoraksan National Park | Overnight Trip from Seoul, South Korea
Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal for for Seoraksan National Park | Overnight Trip from Seoul, Korea

Take the Non-Stop Bus bound for Sokcho (์†์ดˆ), arriving at Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal (refer as 'Sokcho Bus Station' by Sokcho locals) but some routes may arrive at Sokcho Express Bus Terminal instead. 2.5-3hrs, first bus@6:05, last bus@23:00, Adult: 16,700 won / Teen (age 13-18): 11,700 won / Child (age 7-12): 8,400 won.
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๊ฐ•์›๋„ ์†์ดˆ์‹œ ์žฅ์•ˆ๋กœ 16 (๋™๋ช…๋™) | 16, Jangan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-doโ€‹

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Option 2:

Departing from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal ๋™์„œ์šธ์ข…ํ•ฉ๋ฒ„์Šคํ„ฐ๋ฏธ๋„
์„œ์šธํŠน๋ณ„์‹œ ๊ด‘์ง„๊ตฌ ๊ฐ•๋ณ€์—ญ๋กœ 50 (๊ตฌ์˜๋™) | 50, Gangbyeonnyeok-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
Gangbyeon Station (line 2, exit 4). Note: Search for 'Ganbyeon' instead when using MetroidHD app.
www.ti21.co.kr (Korean only)
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Tips:

If you are staying South of Han River (e.g. Gangnam), Seoul Express Bus Terminal on the same side will be the obvious choice.

 

If you are staying North of Hangang River (e.g. Seoul Station, Myeongdong, Dongdaemun), there is not much time difference taking the subway to either of these bus terminals.

 

However, if you are planning to take taxi to the bus terminal especially during the peak hours, Dong Seoul Bus Terminal on the same side maybe a better option without the need to cross the Han River.]โ€‹

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Online Integrated Express Bus (www.kobus.co.kr)

  • Information on the number of seats available on departing date/time, bus grade and price.

  • Local Korean Mobile required for reservation.

  • Use 'Seoul>Dongseoul' for departing from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal and 'Seoul>Seoul Gyeongbu' for Seoul Express Bus Terminal to "Gangwon>Sokcho".

Seoraksan National Park - Official Websites

english.knps.or.kr (Korea National Park Service) / www.sorakcablecar.co.kr (Sorak Cable Car) / www.sokchotour.com (Sokcho Tourism)

Seoraksan National Park, popular with locals and tourists alike, has one of the best topographic landscapes with awesome autumn foliage in the country.

 

The area is divided into Naeseorak, Namseorak, Oeseorak and Daecheongbong. It has a total of 30 imposing peaks spread across its territory with the highest Daecheongbong at 1,708m.

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Seoraksan National Park & Getting There | Overnight Trip from Seoul, South Korea
Seoraksan National Park & Getting There | Overnight Trip from Seoul, South Korea
Seoraksan National Park & Hiking Courses | Overnight Trip from Seoul, South Korea
Seoraksan National Park & Getting There | Overnight Trip from Seoul, South Korea

Hiking Trails at Seoraksan National Park

There are numerous 1-3 days hiking courses from different starting points at Seoraksan National Park.

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Of which, here is an overview of the 1-day hiking courses from Seoraksan Information Center:

  1. Gwongeumseong Fortress Course - 1.5km, 1hr 30mins (1-way), Low difficult with a bit of slope.

  2. Biryong Falls Course - 2.4km, 50mins (1-way), Low difficult with a bit of slope.

  3. Geumganggul Cave Course - 3.6km, 1hr 40mins, Low difficult with a bit of slope.

  4. Yangpok Course - 6km, 3hrs 50mins (1-way), Low difficult with a bit of slope

  5. Ulsanbawi Rock Course - 3.8km, 2hrs 20mins (1-way), one of hardest courses reaching height of 876m.โ€‹

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Cable Car Station & Cable Car Rides

For majestic view of Mt. Seoraksan, take the cable car ride to Gwongeumseong (Gwongeumseong Fortress) Platform.

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From there, you can walk up to Bonghwadae mountaintop (10 mins). 5 mins walk from Gwongeumseong platform will take you to Anrakarm Temple and its over 800 years old pine tree.

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Seorak Cable Car - Bonghwadae
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Summer at Seoraksan National Park:

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Autumn at Seoraksan National Park:

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Rest Area & Eateries:

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Besides Seoraksan National Park, there are many interesting attractions to visit at Sokcho as well.

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1. Sokcho Tourist & Fishery Market (formerly Jungang Market) ์†์ดˆ ๊ด€๊ด‘์ˆ˜์‚ฐ์‹œ์žฅ (๊ตฌ: ์ค‘์•™์‹œ์žฅ)

๊ฐ•์›๋„ ์†์ดˆ์‹œ ์ค‘์•™๋กœ147๋ฒˆ๊ธธ 16 (์ค‘์•™๋™) | 16, Jungang-ro 147beon-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do

Bus #7/7-1 stops here as well.

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A traditional market that opened in 1953 and was included on the Korea Tourism Organisation list of 'Best Traditional Markets for Foreign Tourists'. The market has around 450 stores and a visit to this market is highly recommended.

 

a) Fruits, Dried Seafood & Snacks

The market also sells many varieties of snacks and freshest seasonal fruits.

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Sokcho Tourist & Fishery Market
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b) Famous Dak-gangjeong (sweet and sour fried chicken) & Tempura

You may see many people walking around the market (or even Sokcho town) carrying a white paper box. It is the famous dak-gangjeong (sweet and sour fried chicken) at the market and a MUST-TRY in Sokcho!

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c) Seafood Restaurants

At the basement level, there are many popular seafood restaurants where you can pick your favourite fresh seafood and have the restaurant cooks for you, at additional charge. A recommended pick is the steam crab and its fried rice!

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2. Abai Village (์•„๋ฐ”์ด ๋งˆ์„) & Abai Village Boat (์•„๋ฐ”์ด๋งˆ์„ ๊ฐฏ๋ฐฐ)

Hometown to many people of North Korean ancestry, fled here during the Korean War. The large number of elderly people in this village results in its nickname 'Abai' which means 'an aged person' in Korean.

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From Sokcho Tourist & Fishery Market, go to Jungang-dong ferry dock to take the Abai Village Boat (also known as gaetbae in Korean), operated by ferryman pulling ropes to get to the other side of the water. 1-way: 200 won, Return: 400 won.

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3. Sokcho Beach ์†์ดˆํ•ด๋ณ€

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A short 7mins walk from Sokcho Express Bus Terminal is the beautiful Sokcho Beach where one can relax while waiting for the bus back. There are several interesting sculptures (e.g. dolphins), clear water view and superb quality sand along the 450m stretch of beach.โ€‹

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Separately, further away from the town center accessible by local bus #3/3-1, 35-45 mins (or 15mins by taxi) are Seorak Waterpia (water theme park@Seorak Hanwha Resort), Seorak Cinerama (filming site theme park@Seorak Hanwha Resort) and Teddy Bear Farm.

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Accommodation Options

1. Near Seoraksan National Park (recommended) - There are a number of accommodations along the road near to Seoraksan National Park entrance. They provide a great stay experience with scenic surroundings and mesmerising sunrise/sunset over the slopes of Mt. Seorak. One can enjoy an easy walk to the park entrance and back to hotel conveniently after the hike.

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2. Sokcho Town - Probably a more affordable option with more dining options and to do around the town after hiking at Seoraksan National Park. During the peak autumn foliage season in October, the road leading to the park will be jammed with traffic and public buses packed with people.

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Lotte Resort Sokcho
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SPECIAL Hotel Recommendation

Kensington Hotel Seorak

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  • The nearest hotel located on the road leading to the entrance of Seoraksan National Park (5 mins walk).

  • Charming English-style ambience.

  • Fairly large rooms with fantastic views. Watch sunrise over the mountains right from your room! 

  • Brilliant buffet breakfast and dinner at its restaurant.

  • Bus 7 and 7-1 stop outside the hotel.

  • Best stay for avoiding the early morning & late afternoon traffic jam in/out of Seoraksan National Park!

  • Surrounded by nature, a place where you can really relax and chill-out.

 

โ€‹Book Early! This hotel gets fully booked fast (& can get quite expensive) especially during the peak autumn season or weekends.

Kensington Hotel Seorak
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Other Accommodation Options at Sokcho

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Map of Bus Terminals in Seoul for Bus to Sokcho/Seoraksan National Park

Map of Bus Teminal Locations in Seoul to Seoraksan National Park | KoreaToDo

Map of Sokcho Town, Bus Terminals & Key Attractions

Map of Bus Teminal Locations at Sokcho Town for Seoraksan National Park | KoreaToDo

Bus Schedule from Bus Terminals in Seoul to Sokcho

Note:  Only showing schedule of bus companies integrated on www.kobus.co.kr

Bus Schedule of Seoul Express Bus Teminal to Sokcho for Seoraksan National Park | KoreaToDo
Bus Schedule of Dong Seoul Bus Teminal to Sokcho for Seoraksan National Park | KoreaToDo
Bus Schedule of Sokcho to Seoul Express Bus Teminal | Seoraksan National Park, KoreaToDo
Bus Schedule of Sokcho to Dong Seoul Bus Teminal | Seoraksan National Park, KoreaToDo
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