Seoraksan National Park Hiking: Best Trails & Attractions

Enjoy hiking in Seoraksan National Park, the best mountain in Korea!

Seoraksan National Park, also referred to as Seoraksan or Mount Sorak, offers stunning landscapes and gorgeous trails all year round, making it one of the best hiking destinations in Korea.

Located in Gangwondo Province in the eastern part of Korea, you can reach Seoraksan within 3 hours by car, which is close enough to make a day trip or weekend getaway from Seoul.

If you want to step back to nature and enjoy a hike or short walk, then Seoraksan National Park is a must-visit for you!

Hiking in Seoraksan National Park

seoraksan-(23)You can visit and hike in Seoraksan National Park at almost any time of the year, but the landscape is particularly beautiful during winter.

In winter, you can enjoy hiking through the icy waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and trees, which is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience Seoraksan National Park has to offer.

If you don’t want to miss out on its winter splendor, make sure to plan ahead to make the most of your visit!

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Tips for One-Day Hikers

1. Take a tour – In order to go to Seoraksan National Park, you must travel out of Seoul which can be very tricky. If you want to take the hassle out of organizing your trip, taking a tour is highly recommended.

Find the best Seoraksan National Park Tours here.

2. Pick up a free map from the National Park Visitor Centre  Know where you are going! But don’t worry about getting lost as all the signs showing you distances and directions are written in Korean and English.
3. Know your hiking ability – There are plenty of walks for all levels of hikers in the park, but make sure to hike according to your level.
4. Prepare hiking gear – Bring your own hiking gear. If you don’t have any, shoes, hats and hiking poles are readily available at the park. But do take note that they are for Korean sizes.

Top 5 Attractions in Seoraksan National Park

1. Ulsanbawi Rock

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One of the must-sees in Seoraksan National Park is Ulsanbawi Rock, a unique rock formation composed of six granite peaks, at an 876m high peak.

In order to reach Ulsanbawi, you will have to climb over 800 steps, which are relatively steep.

However, it is definitely worth the hike to the top as you can enjoy the panoramic views of Daecheongbong, Sokcho and the East Sea.

2. Gwongeumseong Fortress

seoraksan (5)For those who opt for an easy hike but wish to see on a mountaintop, going up to the Gwongeumseong Fortress is highly recommended.

Though you only can see some remains of this ancient fortress today, this is a great site where you can admire the breathtaking scenery of Seoraksan and its surrounding areas.

3. Seoraksan Cable Car

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Seoraksan Cable Car is another popular attraction at Seoraksan National Park, which offers the fascinating views of the park during the ride!

Seoraksan Cable Car Info
| Operation Hours: 9:00am~18:00pm (departs every 10~15 minutes)
| Round-trip Ticket Price: Adult (14 yrs~): 10,000 KRW, Child (3~13 yrs): 6,000 KRW. Children under 36 months old are free.

|NOTE: Tickets can only be purchased onsite and they are given out on a first come first serve basis. The cable car may not operate on days with bad weather, and the waiting line can be long during the weekends.

4. Sinheungsa Temple

seoraksan-(29)Sinheungsa Temple, built in the 7th century, is a head temple of the 1,200-year-old Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism,where you can admire the beautiful traditional Korean architecture and wall paintings.

The temple is only a 10-minute walk away from the entrance to Sogongwon Park, so make sure you drop by during your visit!

5. Bronze Buddha Statue

seoraksan-(30)Near the Sinheungsa Temple stands a 14.6m-high (48ft) seated bronze Buddha statue called the Bronze Jwabul Statue.

The statue was built as a symbol of hope for the reunification of North and South Korea so it is also known to as the Great Unification Buddha or “Tongil Daebul”.

Seoraksan National Park Map with 5 Best Hiking Trails

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, Seoraksan National Park has a variety of trails to suit all levels of hikers.

Here we’ve picked five most popular trails in the park according to their levels of difficulty.

Check out our Seoraksan National Park Hiking Map below to find the hiking trail perfect for you!

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Click to enlarge Seoraksan National Park Map

| NOTE: In this map, all the featured trails starts from Sogongwon Park, the entrance of Seoraksan National Park.

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Sogongwon Park (Entrance)

1. Gwongeumseong Fortress Course

A Family-friendly Trail

Hiking with the entire family? This is the perfect trail for you!

This trail requires only a little bit of walking and includes a fun, exciting cable car ride to the top of Gwongeumseong Fortress where you will only have to take a short 10-minute walk before you witness the magnificent mountain landscapes.

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Gwongeumseong Fortress

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Seoraksan Cable Car

| Route: Sogongwon Park (Entrance) ~ Gwongeumseong Fortress
| Level: Very Easy
| Distance/Duration: 3km round-trip (2.4km by cable car + 0.6km on foot); 40 minutes without waiting time

2. Biseondae Rock Course

A Brisk and Easy Trail

This trail is fairly easy but has stone steps with a slight incline along the way.

The trail offers glimpses of three great attractions in Seoraksan National Park, and they are Sinheungsa Temple, Bronze Jwabul Statue and Biseondae Rock, a flat-topped rock with letters written by ancient poets.

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Singheungsa Temple
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Bronze Buddha Statue
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Biseondae Rock

| Route: Sogongwon Park (Entrance) ~ Biseondae Rock
| Level: Easy~Moderate
| Distance/Duration: 6km round-trip; 2.5 hours

3. Heundeulbawi Rock Course

A Breathtaking Fall Foliage Trail

Take this hiking trail if you want to capture Seoraksan’s absolutely gorgeous fall foliage in autumn!

Known as one of the best fall foliage destinations in Korea, Seoraksan National Park offers colorful leaves, which you can usually enjoy from mid-October until early November.

On this trail, you will see Shinheungsa Temple, Bronze Jwabul Statue and make a final stop at Heundeulbawi Rock, a famous spherical rock located on top of a larger rock, which you can try and push it for fun.

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Spectacular fall foliage in Seoraksan National Park
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Heundeulbawi Rock

| Route: Sogongwon Park (Entrance) ~ Heundeulbawi Rock
| Level: Easy~Intermediate
| Distance/Duration: 5.6km round-trip; 2 hours

4. Biryong Waterfall & Towangseong Falls Observatory Course

The Best Waterfall Trail

This is a scenic trail that will take you to the beautiful water falls in Seoraksan National Park.

On this trail, you will see Yukdam Falls, a water fall made up of six small waterfalls and a deep pond, Biryong Waterfall, a waterfall which looks like dragons flying up towards the sky, and Towangseong Falls, a huge, three-tiered waterfall known as one of Asia’s tallest waterfalls and an observatory.

Take note that you will have to cross a 400m-long section of steep wooden steps, which stretches from Biryong Falls to Towangseong Falls Observatory.

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Biryong Waterfall
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Towangseong Falls

| Route: Sogongwon Park (Entrance) ~ Towangseong Falls Observatory
| Level: Moderate~Intermediate
| Distance/Duration: 5.6km round-trip; 3 hours

5. Ulsanbawi Rock Course

A Challenging Yet Stunning Trail

While this is one of the most difficult hiking courses, it is also one of the best trails Seoraksan has to offer, rewarding hikers with magnificent views of the Seoraksan panorama with dramatic peaks and the East Sea.

Take note that the slope gets relatively steep and severe from Heundeulbawi Rock to Ulsanbawi Rock, and hikers must climb a steep steel staircase of over 800 steps to reach the top of Ulsanbawi Rock.

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A staircase to the top of Ulsanbawi Rock
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Panoramic view from the top of Ulsanbawi Rock

| Route: Sogongwon Park (Entrance) ~ Ulsanbawi Rock
| Level: Easy~Advanced
| Distance/Duration: 7.2km round-trip; 4 hours

Visiting Seoraksan National Park for the first time? Check out our travel guide:

For those who want to visit Seoraksan National Park and other nearby attractions in Gangwondo Province in one day, make sure to check out more of our Seoraksan Tours on Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop!

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3 Best Beaches in Korea Worth Traveling For

It’s summer in Korea and you should be taking time out on the beach!

As the Korean peninsula is surrounded by ocean on three sides, there are countless beach options for beachgoers to choose from.

Sure the Haeundae Beach in Busan is a great option as it offers luxurious five-star hotels and buzzing nightlife, but there are plenty of other beach destinations across Korea that are absolutely worth a visit.

For those who are planning a beach getaway, here we’ve got the inside scoop on some of the best beaches in Korea you must visit this summer.

And whether you’re looking for relaxing break or action in or out of the water, these beaches have something for you.

1. Jangho Beach – Best for snorkeling

Slip beneath the waves and enjoy snorkeling!

| Where: Samcheok City, Gangwon Province

janghoLocated on the east coast of Korea, Jangho Beach is often referred to as ‘the Naples of Korea’ as it offers a beautiful crescent coastline with unique rock formations.jangho-2In addition to transparent kayaking, Jangho Beach offers an excellent snorkeling experience, thanks to its crystal clear waters.

If you want to experience Jangho Beach’s snorkeling scene, take a day trip via Trazy.com. And you’ll definitely want an underwater camera for this trip!

| Book Jangho Beach 1 Day Tour (+Snorkeling)

2. Surfyy Beach – Best for surfing

Get wave-ready! Swim, surf, soak up the sun!

Where: Yangyang County, Gangwon Province

yangyangIf you want to avoid the big summer crowds or need seaside chillaxing, and have maybe a cocktail or two, ‘Surfyy Beach’ is your go-to beach.

Hidden in Yangyang County’s Hajodae Beach, Surfyy Beach is a strip of private beach that offers a laid back surfing vibe and new generation surf facility for hip surfing crowds. yangyang-3There are also separates zones for surfers and swimmers, which allow surfers to enjoy the waves without crashing into the beach crowds.

While most of the visitors are locals, Surfyy Beach is also visited by Korean celebrities, including Kang So-ra, San E and Jessi.yangyang-2If being in the water isn’t for you, you can just kick back and laze around the loungers and parasols that line the white sandy beach.

Those who want to visit Surfyy Beach can book a trip via Trazy.com, which includes a round-trip transportation and the use of shower facilities and a locker.

If you are a surfer, you don’t even have to bring your own board if it’s too much of a hassle: a surf lesson, a surf board and shower facilities and a locker are provided at an additional cost.

| Book Yangyang Private Beach 1 Day Tour (+Surfing)

3. Daechon Beach – Best for zip lining

Fly high and zip across the ocean!

Where: Boryeong City, Chungcheongnam Province

daecheon-2If you like buzzing beaches, head to Daecheon Beach, the largest beach located on the west coast of Korea.

While Daecheon Beach is best known for its annual summer festival, Boryeong Mud Festival, which takes place around late-July, there are numerous exciting activities for the beachgoers to enjoy by the beach.daecheon-3daecheonOne of the top-rated activities to try is the exhilarating zip line experience. With Daechon Zip Trek, you can fly down the 52m-high zip line at up to 80km per hour over the Daecheon Beach!

Otherwise, you can opt for riding a scenic rail bike along the 2.3km-long old train track, which has been transformed into a bike trail, offered by Daecheon Sky Bike.

A tour to Daecheon Beach is available on Trazy.com until the mud festival period, before the summer crowds rush in. Zip line and rail bike experiences are available at an additional cost.

| Book Daecheon Beach 1 Day Tour (+Zip Trek)

Traveling to Korea this summer? Find out more things to do in Korea in the summer and start hunting for the best summer travel deals today at Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop!

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Surfyy Beach
Boryeong City Official Homepage

5 Best Festivals in July 2017 | South Korea Festivals Guide

During the month of July, Korea is packed with plenty of fun things to do such as live music, fireworks and water fights.

If you want to have some serious summer fun in Korea, make sure to check out these upcoming festivals in July!

1. Boryeong Mud Festival

| Where: Daecheon Beach, Boryeong City
| When: 21 – 30 July 2017boryeong-mud-festival.jpgFor international travelers, there is nothing quite like Boryeong Mud Festival. It is Korea’s one of the largest and most popular festivals, which should be on top of the list for all festival-goers this summer.

At the festival, visitors can enjoy a variety of mud-based activities such as mud slides, mud pits, a mud prison, giant mud bath, a mud swimming pool and plenty more.

Besides these fun-filled activities, SBS MTV’s “The Show”, a popular Korean music television program will be broadcasted live at the venue on July 22 as part of the festival.

| How to Go: For anyone hoping to go to the festival, here’s a great ticket+shuttle package (shuttles depart from Seoul). A shuttle bus service from Busan to the festival is also available.

2. Sinchon Water Gun Festival

| Where: Sinchon, Seoul
| When: 29 – 30 July 2017sinchon-water-gun-2Once again, the Water Gun Festival will take place on the streets of Sinchon, where a huge crowd of people will be squirting each other with water guns. Now, start gearing up for the Water Gun Festival!

| Ticket Info: Everyone is welcomed to participate this event. But don’t go back all wet! The festival offers special discounted online packages, which include a ticket (a wristband), which gives an access to the changing rooms and a locker, a raincoat and goggles, starting from $9. A variety of water gun options is also available at an additional cost.

3. Hearbeat Festival 2017

| Where: Nanji Hangang Park, Seoul
| When: 22 July 2017heartbeat-festival.jpgPart music festival, part haunt event, Heartbeat Festival 2017 is one of this summer’s hottest festivals you should not miss when you are in Seoul.

The festival’s music lineup will include some of the best Korean rappers and DJs such as DOK2, Haze, Reddy, Choi Ha-min, DJ RANA, DJ Cream and more. Also, there will be a scare zone and a zombie flash mob, which will surely keep festival-goers entertained.

| Ticket Info: Tickets are 34% off on Trazy, the official English booking website for Hearbeat Festival 2017.

4. Water Bomb Festival 2017

| Where: Jamsil Sports Complex, Seoul
| When: 29 July 2017water-bomb-2This year, the Water Bomb Festival will return with even more powerful water explosions and an awesome lineup!

For those new to the festival, it is the best water festival with the best dance music scene, where festival-goers can choose either Team Red or Team Blue, team up with their favorite artists and soak up the targets with water guns.

This year, the festival will feature acts including HyunA, Korea’s hottest rappers such as BewhY, C Jamm and Jessi, and Korean reggae artists Skull & Haha, as well as many local and international DJs, including Lookas, Maximite and DJ KOO.

| Ticket Info: The 1st release tickets are currently $70 but will rise as the event draws closer. Tickets to Water Bomb Festival are available here.

5. Pohang International Fireworks Festival

| Where: Yeongildae Beach, Pohang City
| When: 26 – 30 July 2017pohang-fireworksKnown as the “City of Light and Fire,” the coastal city of Pohang will host its annual Pohang International Fireworks Festival where the spectacular fireworks display over the Yeongildae Beach will be showcased every night during the festival period.

Additional highlights include street performances, live music, laser shows and a magnificent fireworks competition on the night of July 29.

| How to Go: Overnight shuttle buses will be running to the festival from Seoul. It is best to book your ride in advance as the shuttle bus runs only on July 29.

★Bonus!

A few other festivals and events in Korea this summer include the Bonghwa Sweet Fish Festival from July 29 to August 5 (try and catch sweet fish with bare hands!) and the Wake Up City Festa Water Slide Festival in Haeundae Beach, Busan, from July 29 to August 13.

Need more inspiration for summer fun? Find more ideas and awesome things to do in Korea at Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, Trazy.com!button-visit

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7 Best Festivals in May 2017 | South Korea Festivals Guide

From romantic spring flower festivals to star-studded spectacular music festival, the month of May in Korea is filled with plenty of wonderful festivals.

Check out all ongoing and upcoming festivals and events for May 2017 in South Korea and find the perfect fest with our festival guide!

1. Taean Tulip Festival 2017

Immerse yourself in 1.5 million tulips and other spring flowers!

Recognized as one of the World’s Top 5 Tulip Festivals by the World Tulip Summit Society (WTSS), Taean Tulip Festival is by far the largest tulip festival in South Korea.

While you can appreciate the beautiful tulips and spring flowers during the day, you can enjoy a fantastic array of impressive light displays at night!

  • Date: April 13~May 10
  • Venue: Taean County, Chungcheongnam-do Province (western part of Korea)
  • Book one-day trip

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2. The Garden of Morning Calm Spring Flower Festival

Come and see the stunning gardens of colorful spring flowers at the Garden of Morning Calm, which is one of the most beloved gardens that offer fantastic flowers all year round.

Visit Nami Island nearby as well! It’s another famous destination where you can enjoy a stroll along scenic tree-lined paths and gardens.

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3. Boseong Green Tea Festival 2017

Prepare to be stunned by the endless stretches of green tea fields covering the entire hillside of Boseong Green Tea Plantation!

Selected as one of the “31 Beautiful Sights on This Incredible Planet” by CNN, this breathtaking natural scenery awaits you in Boseong Green Tea Festival.

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  • Date: May 3~May 7
  • Venue: Boseong County, Jeollanam-do Province (southwestern part of Korea)
  • Book one-day trip

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4. Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival 2017)

Every year, Busan, a beautiful port city in South Korea, offers an incredible display of colorful lanterns in celebration of Buddha’s birthday, giving visitors an unforgettable experience.

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5. Seoul World DJ Festival 2017

After 7 long years of waiting, the World DJ Festival is finally returning to Seoul on May 13 & 14! Bringing top-notch EDM artists and DJs including Alan Walker, Brennan Hear, Jauz, Sultan+Shepard, Party Favor, Zeds Dead and many more. seoul-world-dj-festival-(2)

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6. Gangneung Danoje Festival Tour

Gangneung Danoje Festival is one of the biggest folk festivals in Korea that is listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. During the festival, you will be able to witness shamanistic ritual of the Joseon Dynasty and enjoy folk performances, Korean traditional wrestling called ‘ssireum‘ and many other cultural events.gangneung-danoje-festival

  • Date: May 27~June 3
  • Venue: Gangneung City, Gangwon-do Province (eastern part of Korea)
  • Book one-day trip

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7. Samcheok Rose Festival

Take a stroll through the vast, open gardens of beautiful roses in Samcheok City. Nearby the venue of the rose festival, you can also enjoy a rail bike with your beloved ones while taking in the beautiful scenery along the east coast of Korea.samcheok-rose-festivalsamcheok-rail-bike

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The Garden of Morning Calm Official Website
Busan Yeon Deung Hoe Official Website
Nami Island Official Website

Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival | Travel Review & Tips

Usually, when the cherry blossoms are gone, pink and purple azaleas explode in spectacular bloom in Korea.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(120)Now, if you are thumbing through guidebooks searching for the best place to see these breathtaking azaleas, Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival is the perfect place to be!

About Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival

Every year from mid-April to the end of April, a fantastic azalea festival takes place in Goryeosan Mountain, or Mount Goryeo, in the heart of Ganghwa Island in Incheon.

As Incheon is a city bordering with Seoul, it only takes 2 hours to get to the festival from Seoul by car, making it an ideal destination for a short excursion.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(127)

  • Festival Date: April 12 – 23
  • Location: Goryeosan Mountain, Ganghwa Island, Incheon
  • Best time to visit: Mid-April – late-April
  • Book a shuttle bus ride

To witness this otherworldly sight of flaming pink bloom myself, I visited the azalea festival via a shuttle bus package offered by Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop. goryeosan thumbnail_1And it was a fantastic experience, definitely not an ordinary trip that you can take anywhere else except with Trazy. Read on to find out why! 🙂

Top 4 Highlights of Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival Trip

Take a look at the four highlights of my trip to Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival, and you will see why this is ‘no ordinary’ trip.

1. Make your way to the top of Goryeosan Mountain to witness the breathtaking azaleas

Since the Azalea Habitat, the main feature of the festival, can be viewed from the peak of Goryeosan Mountain at 436m (1,430 feet), you will have to do some hiking during the trip, which gives you a ‘totally different’ travel experience you can’t get from other spring flower tours. goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(27)While hiking, you can find gorgeous pink azaleas along the way. So stop for a minute and take up-close photos! goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(124).jpgHonestly, I must say I am not a mountain person. But other than some relatively steep inclines on the way to the peak, the hiking trail that I took is enjoyable in overall even for non-climbers, like me.  goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(126)Plus, the spectacular views of breathtaking ripples of pink azaleas definitely pay you off when you reach the top of the mountain.
goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(129)goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(128)The festival also offers a photo zone where you can take pictures against a backdrop of Goryeosan Mountain covered with azaleas, too!goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(130).jpg

Take a look at the map below if you want to follow in my footsteps from my trip with Trazy!goryeosan-mountain-map

  • Total Distance: 2.9km
  • Duration: Approx. 1~1.5 hours; one-way
  • Difficulty Level: Easy – Moderate
  • Detailed Course: Cheongryeonsa Temple Entrance (Drop-off location) > Cheongryeonsa Temple > Peak of Goryeosan Mountain & Azalea Habitat

2. Stop and replenish at Cheongryeonsa Temple

On the way to the top, you will pass by this beautiful Buddhist temple called Cheongryeonsa Temple, but I recommend you to fully enjoy your time at the top of the mountain and then drop by this temple on your way down.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(12)There is a rest area with a bench where you can replenish after burning off all your energy on your hike as well as a stunning magnolia tree, which was full in bloom during my visit.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(125)

3. Enjoy the tranquility at Gukhwa Reservoir

If you have spare time, take a brief moment at the reservoir where you can soak in the scenery and enjoy the tranquility.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(118)A short walk from the entrance of Cheongryeonsa Temple will have you at this calm and serene reservoir.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(131).jpg

4. Travel like a local at Ganghwa Pungmul Market

Before heading back to Seoul, there was a short stop at Ganghwa Pungmul Market during the trip. It was quite an authentic place that gives you a glimpse of a thriving and vibrant local Korean market scene.goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(117)Check out this cute map of the market!goryeosan-mountain-azalea-(114)

Checklist for Travelers to Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival

1. What to bring
Bring a sunscreen, hat, handkerchief, a water bottle and, of course, your camera, hiking poles if you have one. 😉

2. What to wear
Wear casual clothing and comfortable lightweight walking shoes!

3. Where & What to eat
While you can find vendors selling ice creams and cool beverages along the way to the peak, you can find outdoor food stalls around the entrance of Cheongryeonsa Temple and at the top of Goryeonsan Mountain.goryeosan-mountain-food.jpgThese food stalls serve Korean spicy cup noodles and local dishes such as ‘Muk-muchim (seasoned acorn jelly salad)’, ‘Pajeon (green onion pancake)’ and ‘Janchi-guksu (banquet noodles)’. The prices range from 5,000 to 15,000 KRW for the meals.

But bringing your own lunch box and enjoying it during the hike is a great option as well!

Enjoyed reading this travel review? If you have any questions about the trip, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and book Trazy’s trip now while it’s available!

Looking for other cool spring festivals in Korea?

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Seoraksan National Park Guide & Tips for First-Time Visitors

Visit Seoraksan National Park, one of the best national parks in Korea!

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Seoraksan National Park, home to Seoraksan or Mount Sorak, which is the third-highest mountain in Korea, is a popular hiking destination blessed with dramatic peaks, deep valleys and jagged ridges.

Offering spectacular landscapes all year round and awe-inspiring scenery at every turn, it is no wonder Seoraksan is one of the top-rated destinations in Korea.

For those who are planning to embark on your first adventure to Seoraksan National Park, here’s a comprehensive guide with great tips for you!

1. Where is Seoraksan National Park?

Located in Gangwon Province in eastern Korea, Seoraksan National Park spans across 4 cities and counties, Sokcho, Goseong, Yangyang and Inje, and the park can be divided mainly into two areas – OeSeorak; Outer Seorak and NaeSeorak; Inner Seorak.

From Daecheongbong (1,708m), the highest peak in the park in the center, the eastern area is referred to as OeSeorak, and the western area as NaeSeorak.

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2. How long does it take to get to Seoraksan National Park from Seoul?

seoraksan-national-park-(16)Within 3 hours by car, you can reach Seoraksan National Park, which is close enough to make a day trip or weekend getaway from Seoul.

Since getting to the park without a car can be tricky, it’s best to take a tour if you want to take the hassle out of organizing your trip.

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3. Where to visit Seoraksan National Park for the first time

For first-time travelers, visiting OeSeorak, or Outer Seorak, is highly recommended.

Compared to NaeSeorak, the overall size and scale combined with the views of the surrounding landscapes of OeSeorak are much more spectacular.

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OeSeorak (Outer Seorak)

4. What to do & see in Seoraksan National Park

For hikers and nature lovers, Seoraksan National Park offers an incredible hiking experience.

The park has several scenic hiking trails, featuring spectacular cliffs, beautiful waterfalls and many other natural wonders, and they can be accomplished in few hours, making the park ideal for a day-hike.

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Sinheungsa Temple
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Ulsanbawi Rock

Amongst all the attractions in Seoraksan National Park, some of the must-see attractions are the beautiful bronze statue of the Buddha at Sinheungsa Temple and a famous unique rock formation composed of six granite peaks called Ulsanbawi Rock.

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Seoraksan Cable Car

For a quieter thrill, you can opt for the Seoraksan Cable Car. It’s a popular cable car that takes you up to Gwongeumseong, a stone fortress at the top of Seoraksan Mountain, which offers fascinating views of the park.

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Gwongeumseong Fortress

5. When is the best time to visit Seoraksan National Park?

Seoraksan National Park is a wonderful place to visit any time of year as it offers stunning scenery all year round.seoraksan-national-park-four-season.jpgIn spring, you can enjoy hiking in a mild weather while admiring the beautiful blooms.

In the summer, you can enjoy lush greenery and gorgeous cascading waterfalls, especially after the rain.

In autumn, you can capture the breathtaking fall foliage, which is certainly a sight not to be missed.

In winter, you can enjoy hiking through the icy waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and trees, which is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience in Seoraksan National Park. So if you have the chance to visit the park, don’t miss its winter splendor!

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Seoraksan National Park Official Website
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