Seoraksan National Park (South Korea)

Seoraksan National Park Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Snowy Crags Mountain

In the north-east of South Korea (Gangwon Province)The cable car gets crowded and queues can be long
Stunning rock formations sticking out of thick green pine forests
Hiking shows you waterfalls and temples, but a quick view can be had by taking the cable car

You've just stumbled upon one of the most stunning places of nature on the entire Korean peninsula: Seoraksan National Park.

This park in the north-eastern province of Gangwon, is famous for its massive rock formations covered by thick green (and in autumn beautifully colorful) pine forests. Mount Seoraksan ("Snowy Crags Mountain") stands proud in the middle of it as South Korea's third tallest mountain. The park is divided in Inner and Outer Seorak, of which the latter is closer to the sea and holds the most beautiful scenery.

Hiking is the only way to thoroughly explore the park, though if you have little time the easiest way to get a fantastic view of the beauty of the park is by taking a cable car from the seaside town of Sokcho. That will take you up to Gwongeumseong, the former site of an 800 years old castle from where you have some magnificent views.

If you have more time however, you should consider going for a hike. That will allow you to see some of the other key sights like the Daeseung Falls or Sinheungsa Temple, famous for its huge Buddha statue. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Seoraksan National Park is a region in South Korea. It is situated at an altitude of 5479ft and the best airport to fly into is ICN (Seoul (incheon), Seoul)
  • The main spoken language here is Korean, and the average English skill is low
  • The currency used in South Korea is the South Korean won (KRW)

Seoraksan National Park Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

36 43 52 66 75 82 84 86 79 68 52 39

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

0.8 1.1 1.9 3.1 4.6 5.6 18.8 14.7 6.8 2.3 2 1.1

More Seoraksan National Park travel resources

We liked the lengthy piece at Summit Post, and naturally we have to make sure you check out the website of the Korean tourism organisation if you are considering a visit. As always, Lonely Planet and Wikitravel join the party. There is no shortage of good travel blogs written about the place, and after browsing through a number of them, we like Everyday I'm Travelling the most.

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