Seoraksan National Park(설악산국립공원)

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Address :  Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Address in Korean : 강원속초시 설악산로
Phone: +82-33-636-7700
Operating Hours: 

Admission Fees :

Sogongwon Park Culture area

Adults: 3,500 won, Youths: 14-19 yrs, 1,000won,  kids, 8-13 yrs: 500 won

Cable car Fee: Adults (ages over 13) 10,000 won / Childeren (ages 4~13) 7,500 won    ※ Free – ages under 3

Introduction 

Also referred to as Seolsan and Seolbongsan, the mountain was named Seolak (‘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.

Gwongeumseong Fortress – Sinheungsa Temple Course  ( Difficulty : ★☆☆ )

After passing the ticket booth and paying the entrance fee you will see a park where you can get on the cable car. A six-minute ride will take you near the top, followed by a 20-30 minute hike which will take you to Gwongeumseong Fortress at an altitude of 1,200 meters. This location will give you a bird’s eye view of the Seoraksan Mountains

 Hiking Course

* Sogongwon Park → Cablecar → Gwongeumseong : 1.5 km, 30 mins

Gwongeumseong Fortress and Cabel car

※ Depending on the season and weather, operating hours are subject to change. Visitors should call in advance.(033-636-4300)

Gwongeumseong Fortress is the site of a castle ruins called Mt. Seoraksan, and it is also known as Mt. Onggeumsan Castle, or Toto Castle. It is located on the steep Dol Mountain of Mt. SeoraksanSogongwon area. It is believed to have been built by the 23rd King of the Goryeo Period (918~1392), Gojong (1213~1259 reign). It is also called Gwon-Kim Castle, as there is a legend that two generals named Gwon and Kim, built the castle to avoid war.

At the left side of Sogongwon, past the Biryonggyo Bridge over the ravine, there is a path which leads to Gwongeumseong Castle, but it takes over an hour of travel through a steep, rocky path (2.5km), so cable cars are used. The cable car was installed by Dr. Gi-Sup Lee in 1971 and is still used by many tourists. It is operated from 7 a.m. to 6 or 6:30 p.m., departs every 7 minutes, and you can only purchase round-trip tickets at the ticket counter for that day. At the plateau of Gwongeumseong Castle there are 80 sections of rocks and you can see the East Sea and city of Sokcho. Also, to the west, you can see all kinds of fantastic rocks and stones which make up the Seoraksan Mountains.

Gwongeumseong Fortress – Sinheungsa Temple Course  ( Difficulty : ★☆☆ )

After passing the ticket booth and paying the entrance fee you will see a park where you can get on the cable car. A six-minute ride will take you near the top, followed by a 20-30 minute hike which will take you to Gwongeumseong Fortress at an altitude of 1,200 meters. This location will give you a bird’s eye view of the Seoraksan Mountains

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Directions

How to Get to Gwongeumseong from Sokcho

  1. From Sokcho-si, take city bus No. 7 (15 minute interval / 25-30 min ride). Get off at Mt. SeoraksanSogongwon (small park).
  1. From Sokcho-si, taxi takes 15-20 min to the entrance of Oeseorak.

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.

Telephone  +82-33-636-7700

 

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)

 

Direction from Seoul

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.
*You can translate the page into English or Chinese. You can find English or Chinese tab on top of right

– 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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