Sokch'o and Soraksan National Park

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106-1 Seorak-dong, Sokch'o, South Korea
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Sokch'o and Soraksan National Park Reviews

sharasafer sharasaf…
1 reviews
Sep 02, 2007
I went to Kanwon-do or the "East Sea" for the weekend. The buses were fairly cheap but they fill up quickly, so you may want to book ahead. The beach was beautiful and the water is much more clear compared to the west coast of Korea. Finding a place to stay on the weekend is easy as there are a ton of "minbak" or rooms you can rent for cheap. It includes a gas range and sink for extended stays. You can haggle down the price but the rates are higher on the weekends. If you go during the week I hear you can stay for as little as 10,000 won($12.00) a night. Don't expect a lot from the decor-it's kind of like visiting an aunt's house- but it adds to the overall feel of Sokch'o and they are close to the beach. The beach is beautiful but beware they are kind of sticklers about tourists staying within a little area they have sectioned off with lifeguards. There are "areas" that aren't patrolled though- but swim at your own risk.

Also check out Soraksan, or Sorak National Park. You can take the number 7 or 7-1 bus across the street from the bus station(make sure you get on the bus heading towards Yangyang and not further into town). If you are just stopping through like I was there are some quick trails that are nice near the entrance and a cable car that goes to the peak of a mountain. There are a lot of trails to choose from and I easily could have spent a week exploring. It was the one place in Korea I've been that hasn't been too overtaken by western culture. The mountains are beautiful and the locals are friendly. If you are going back to Seoul on a Sunday, expect delays due to traffic.
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nattypants says:
Sokcho and Seoraksan are amazing! Lived there for a year and fell in love with the city and Korea on the whole. The people are incredibly kind and helpful, even though most don't speak English in Sokcho. Clean city, easy to get around (can taxi from one end of the city to the other for under $5). Not westernized at all so you really get a feel for the true culture of the country.
Posted on: Dec 18, 2009
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