|Seoraksan National Park|
|Seoraksan National Park is Korea's most spectacular mountain park.|
|2015-01-23 14:35:00 bygeneral 1370Hits 1Reviews|
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.
Mountain Not Access Period
Seasonal Forest Fire Watches by Park
※ TBD by park directors based on fire weather advisories, snow/precipitation levels, and other local conditions.
Areas Open to the Public
Seorak-dong (설악동) - Ulsanbawi Rock (울산바위)
Osaek Mineral Spring (오색약수터) - Yongso Falls (용소폭포)
Sogongwon (소공원) - Biryong Falls (비룡폭포)
Yeosim Falls (여심폭포) - Yongso Falls (용소폭포)
*Admission to Sogongwon Park (소공원) Culture area
-Adults 3,500 won
-Middle to high school students (ages 14-19)1,000 won
-Elementary school students (ages 8-13) 500 won
※ Inquiries: Sinheungsa Temple Ticket Office +82-33-636-8755
Facility Utilization Fees
Adults: 1,600 won (peak season: 2,000 won)
Youths: 1,200 won (peak season: 1,500 won)
Children: 800 won (peak season: 1,000 won)
Small cars: 9,000 won (peak season: 11,000 won)
Vans: 14,000 won (peak season: 17,000 won)
* Peak season: April-May, July-August & October-November
Light weight car 2,000 won
Mid and Small sized car 4,000-5,000 won
Large sized car 6,000-7,500 won
Reservation Info. for Natives
Reservation for shelter and cabin can be made from up to 15 days before visit at 10:00 to one day before at 10:00. One person can make a reservation for one room (up to 4 people) per day.
[From Seoul Express Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal]
- Take an express bus bound for Sokcho Bus Terminal (travel time: 2hr 30min).
For the bus schedule, go to www.kobus.co.kr.
- From Sokcho Intercity / Express Bus Terminal, take Bus 7 or 7-1.
- Get off at Sogongwon Bus Stop (travel time: 45min).
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