An Ultimate Guide to Seoraksan National Park & Hiking Trails

About Seoraksan National Park

Blessed with spectacular scenery of dramatic peaks, deep valleys, jagged ridges, Seoraksan National Park, also referred to as Mount Seorak, offers stunning landscapes all year round and gorgeous trails, making it an ideal destination for hikers and nature lovers.seoraksan-national-park-(30)Located in Gangwon Province, you can reach the national park within 3 hours from Seoul.

While Seoraksan National Park spans across 4 cities and counties, Sokcho, Goseong, Yangyang and Inje, 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 national park, in the center, the eastern area is referred to as OeSeorak, and the western area as NaeSeorak. seoraksan-national-park-map.jpg

First-time traveling to Seoraksan National Park?

For first-time travelers, visiting OeSeorak is highly recommended. It is more recognized than NaeSeorak because of its overall size and scale combined with the spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes.seoraksan-national-park-(39).jpgWhile NaeSeorak has its own charms such as small valleys and ancient temples, OeSeorak offers scenic trails featuring spectacular cliffs, scenic waterfalls and many other well-known natural wonders such as Ulsanbawi Rock, a unique rock formation composed of six granite peaks.
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Since the hiking trails in OeSeorak can be accomplished in few hours, it’s for sure an ideal destination for a day trip.

Best time to visit Seoraksan National Park

You can enjoy hiking in Seoraksan National Park throughout the four seasons, but spring and autumn are the best times to visit the park.

In spring, you can enjoy hiking in a mild weather and enjoy the blooms while you can capture the fantastic colorful fall foliage in autumn.seoraksan-national-park-four-season.jpgThough it can be hot in the summer, the park offers lush greenery and gorgeous cascading waterfalls, especially after the rain.

For those who are not afraid of the cold, winter hiking in Seoraksan National Park is highly recommended. There are fewer crowds, so you can take your time and enjoy the view of the breathtaking scenery of snow-capped mountains.

Hiking in Seoraksan National Park

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, Seoraksan National Park has a variety of trails that will suit your needs.

Here we’ve featured five most popular trails of the park according to their levels of difficulty. Find a suitable hiking trail based on your interest and hiking experience!
seoraksan-tour-map-trazy※NOTE: Sogongwon Park is where the entrance of Seoraksan National Park is. It will be the starting point for all the featured trails below.

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Sogongwon Park (Entrance)

1. A Family-friendly Trail

Sogongwon Park (Entrance) ~ Gwongeumseong Fortress

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Gwongeumseong Fortress
  • Very Easy
  • 3km round-trip (2.4km by cable car + 0.6km on foot); 40 minutes without waiting time
  • Cable car fee (optional)
    • Adult (14yrs~): 10,000 won (round-trip)
    • Child (3~13yrs): 6,000 won (round-trip)
  • Highlights: A fun, exciting cable car ride up to Gwongeumseong, a stone fortress at the top of Seoraksan Mountain, which offers fascinating views of the national park.
  • NOTE: The waiting line for the cable car can be long and the cable car may not operate on days with bad weather.

2. A Brisk and Easy Trail

Sogongwon Park (Entrance) ~ Biseondae Rock

  • Easy~Moderate
  • 6km round-trip; 2.5 hours
  • Highlights: Sinheungsa Temple, an ancient temple with a rich history, Bronze Jwabul Statue, a 10m-high seated bronze Buddha statue and Biseondae Rock, a flat-topped rock with letters written by ancient poets.
  • Note: The trail is fairly easy but has stone steps with a slight incline along the way.

3. A Breathtaking Fall Foliage Trail

Sogongwon Park (Entrance) ~ Heundeulbawi Rock

  • Easy~Intermediate
  • 5.6km round-trip; 2 hours
  • Highlights: Shinheungsa Temple, Bronze Jwabul Statue and Heundeulbawi Rock, a famous spherical rock located on top of a larger rock where you can try and push it!
  • NOTE: This is a trail well-known for spectacular fall foliage in autumn. Usually, you can capture beautiful autumn leaves across Seoraksan National Park from mid-October until early November.

4. The Best Waterfall Trail

Sogongwon Park (Entrance) ~ Towangseong Falls Observatory

  • Moderate~Intermediate
  • 5.6km round-trip; 3 hours
  • Highlights: Yukdam Falls, a water fall made up of 6 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 and an observatory.
  • NOTE: From Biryong Falls to Towangseong Falls Observatory, there is a 400m-long section where you have to climb up steep wooden steps.

5. A Challenging Yet Stunning Trail

Sogongwon Park (Entrance) ~ Ulsanbawi Rock

  • Easy~Advanced
  • 7.2km round-trip; 4 hours
  • Highlights: Climbing up to Ulsanbawi Rock, a unique rock formation composed of six granite peaks, at an 876m high peak, where you can appreciate panoramic views of Daecheongbong, Sokcho and the East Sea.
  • NOTE: Slope gets relatively steep and severe from Heundeulbawi to Ulsanbawi Rock. Hikers must climb a steep steel staircase of over 800 steps to the top of Ulsanbawi Rock.

One-Day Hiker’s Checklist

  • 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.
  • Know your hiking ability – There are plenty of walks for all levels of hikers in the park.
  • 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.

For those who want to visit Seoraksan National Park and take in the best sights OeSeorak has to offer in one day, here’s a day tour offered by Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop.

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Check out more tours to Seoraksan National Park and other famous destinations nearby!

Choose the tour that suits you best and book your trip today!

1. Seoraksan National Park & Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm 1 Day Tour

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Watch the sheep grazing on the rolling fields and marvel at the stunning scenery at Seoraksan National Park.

2. Seoraksan National Park & Nami Island 1 Day Tour

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Take a scenic day trip to Nami Island and Seoraksan National park, two of Korea’s most famous destinations!

3. Seoraksan National Park & Naksansa Temple 1 Day Tour

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Visit Seoraksan National Park and Naksansa Temple, a famous Buddhist temple where you can see the stunning vista of East Sea and a giant stone Buddha statue.

4. Gangwon Private Van Package

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