The Seorak Mountain district was first designated as a Natural Monument preservation area in 1965. In 1973
it was then designated as a park preservation area, and in 1982, as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO.
This national park attracts large numbers of tourists all year round, but the peak season is in autumn, when the
colours are considered to be at their most beautiful. The park is equally gorgeous in all of the other seasons,
although be aware that some trails will be closed in snowy weather. There are a variety of routes which are all
well-marked, and there is also a visitors centre which can provide you with plenty of information.
Seoraksan National Park is spread across 4 cities and counties: Sokcho, Inje, Goseong and Yangyang, and
it is known as being one of the most beautiful parks on the entire Korean peninsula, boasting interestingly
shaped rock formations, lush forests, rare and beautiful wildlife and plant-life, and pretty temples.
Sinheungsa Temple in particular is worth checking out.
For a fantastic wealth of information regarding this park, including entrance fees, accommodation reservations,
trail information and more, visit the
official Korea National Park’s Seoraksan webpage.
One of the busiest areas in the park is the main entrance valley, a 15-20 minute drive from Sokcho, which
can be reached by car, bus or taxi.
Getting There - Sokcho City bus numbers 7 and 7-1 drop off in the Park Village (Seorak-Dong),
and then head up to the park gates. It takes 20 – 30 minutes to reach the main entrance by bus and costs around 1000 won.
From Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal, a taxi takes around 15-20 minutes and will cost upwards of 12,000 won, depending
on traffic. There is now a new road which makes the taxi trip quite short.
There are daily express buses running from Gangnam Express Bus Terminal in Seoul to Sokcho City roughly every 30
minutes. The journey takes around 2 hours 30 minutes. You can also catch buses from Dongseoul bus terminal in East
Seoul. Once you arrive in Sokcho, the local bus stop is on the main road just outside the bus station. As you exit
the station, turn right and walk a short distance (towards the ocean) until you meet the main road and you will see
the local bus stop.
The cost of entrance to the park is between 1,600 won and 3,200 won, depending on which section you wish to enter,
and the park is open two hours before sunrise and closed two hours before sunset. Prices for accommodation rise
steeply at peak times (summer and early autumn), and many places can fill up, so be sure to make reservations early.
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Getting Away - Reverse the directions from before, and head back to Sokcho on the same local buses
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Sleeping and Eating - Restaurants are plentiful here, however there are very few western options.
You will find exceptional sea food in particular because of the park being located so close to the ocean. There are
quite a few small snack shops set up along the main day hikes serving typical Korean fare such as bibimbap, noodles,
kimbap, and other snacks. You’ll also see a few vendors along the lower routes, selling handmade candy and snacks.
Consider taking a backpack with water and your own snacks, as some of the shops don't have a lot of variety – especially
if you are a picky eater or want food that will sustain you through a long hike.
There are plentiful lodgings in the Seorak-dong region of the park ranging from luxury hotels to smaller motels and a
youth hostel. The Seorak Tourist Hotel is the only accommodation located within the actual park and costs upwards of
$100 (US) per night. The motels in the park village (2km from the gates) also offer acceptable lodgings for a fraction
of the price.
Campgrounds - There is a campground outside of the park near the park village of Seorak-dong
(about a 5 minute drive from the park gates). If you plan on camping, it may be wise to bring an inflatable mattress,
as the terrain is fairly rocky.
Contacts – Address: Gangwon-do, Sokcho-si, Seorak-dong.
Click here for the official Korea National Parks Seoraksan Page