Seoraksan National Park (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # Gangwon-do – South Korea

Today, our destination is Mt Seorak. It’s located at Sokcho. So we have to ride bus to Sokcho. We go to Dong Seoul Terminal at exit 4 Gangbyeon Station.

We come to the bus station at 07:30, and the next bus is 08:59, and the ride took approximately 2 hours. The bus ticket cost 17.300 Won. This time, we go to Sokcho Intercity Bus Station.

Arrive at Sokcho, we ride bus to Seoraksan National Park, Here’s the bus schedule.

It tooks approximately 1 hours to go to the National Park.

Seoraksan Bus Station is the last station. So you won’t missed it. It’s so crowded with tourists. The bus station and the entrance is quiet far. So you have to walk 10-15 minutes to the entrance. Just follow the others, because most of them is go to Seoraksan National Park.

The entrance ticket cost KRW 3.500/pax. Once we entered, we could see the beautiful autumn.

Seoraksan, also referred to as Seolsan and Seolbongsan, the mountain was named Seorak (‘Seol’ meaning ‘snow’ and ‘Ak’ meaning ‘big mountain’) because the snow would not melt for a long time keeping the rocks in a permanent state of white. In November 1965, the Seorak Mountain district was designated as a Natural Monument preservation area. Afterwards in December 1973, it was designated as a park preservation area, and in August 1982, as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO. 

The park is spread across 4 cities and counties: Sokcho, Inje, Goseong and Yangyang. The highest peak is Daecheongbong; to the east is OeSeorak and to the west is NaeSeorak, which is divided again into North NaeSeorak and South NaeSeorak. North NaeSeorak is composed of Bukcheon, which flows to Ingyecheon and Baekdamcheon streams. There are numerous valleys in NaeSeorak. Follow the Baekdamcheon valley where all the streams meet and you will reach Baekdamsa Temple, which is known for its beautiful scenery. Upstream there is Gayadong valley and Suryeomdong valley, and past Yeongsiam and Mangyeongdae there is Madeungryeong ridge (1,327m) that leads to Seorakdong. 

Follow Suryeomdong valley and you will reach Waryong and Ssangpok waterfalls. Further up is Bongjeongam (1,224m sea level). Once you arrive at Daecheong peak you can view the magnificent mountain range. The sunrise viewed from here is spectacular and should not be missed. South NaeSeorak directs the valley from Oknyeotang area to Hangyeryeong. Daeseung Waterfall north of Jangsudae is the most beautiful site of NaeSeorak, which is 88m high. South of Yongdaeri valley is the twelve fairy bathing spring, Oktang Falls, and Yongtang Falls, along with several other traditional relics.

Credit: VisitKorea

We bought the cable car ticket first. And we have to queue. There’s the time schedule in there, which show what time the next cable car.

I got 15:45 cable car.

The cable car cost KRW 9.000/pax. We wait for approximately 2 hours. While waiting, we walk around the cable car area. In the behind cable car’s building, there’s a river with amazing scene. There’s also a bridge to some attraction place (I didn’t remember).

If you want to explore more, stay for 1 / 2 nights in here. I see that there’s a cabin inside the Seoraksan National Park. You can try to sleep in there, so if you want to watch sunrise, you could ride the cable car early.

We still have time, so I decided to separate from my friend. She said that she wants to sit beside the river and enjoy the scene. So I decided to walk in the front of Cable Car’s building. There’s direction to where is it go.

I decided to visit the Temple because it’s the nearest.

The gate to the Temple

It’s a big Budha statue. Many people come here to pray.

After taking photos, I decided to go back to Cable Car’s Building, and while waiting for the time, I bought hot chocolate. I’ts already cold in autumn even the sun shine brightly.

At 15:30, I go to level 2 and wait my boarding in there. At 15:45, we boarding.

Arrive in there, we still need to walk around 15-20 minutes. While walking, we can enjoy the beautiful autumn scene.

Finally, we arrive at the peak. It’s beautiful, especially the sun is gonna set. There’s so many people in there. Most of them is Hiking People.

After stay for almost 1 hour, we decided to go back home, because the sun almost set and we don’t want to miss the bus.

It’s beautiful on the way down. Especially with the blue sky and the sunset.

We go back to the bus station and luckily there’s a bus 7-1 in there. It took 1 hour to go back to the bus station. On the way, you will found another bus station, don’t stop there but stop at the after one. So don’t forget to remember how the bus station looks like.

bus local schedule from Seoraksan to Bus Station

We wants to ride the 19:00 o’clock bus. But it’s full already, and we don’t have any choice to ride 20:00 bus. And we decided to eat Instant noodle at 7-11 in front of the bus station while waiting for the ride.

We arrive at hotel at 23:00. And so tired.

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