An Ultimate Guide to Seoraksan National Park for First-time Visitors

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

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!

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.  The park is 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.

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


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.

To see Seoraksan National Park tours, click here.

Where to visit within Seoraksan National Park


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.

Best attractions 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.

Sinheungsa Temple
Ulsanbawi Rock

Amongst all the attractions in Seoraksan National Park, some of the must-sees 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.

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.

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.

In 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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13 comments

  1. Hi. I am interested to visit Mt Soerak. Is it safe if I were to Ho alone. Is there any alternative ways to go up beside hiking as I am past 55 years of age. Thanks.

    1. Hello Salmah! Instead of hiking, you can choose to take the cable car at the national park to go up the Gwongeumsong Fortress during the tour (cable car fee is not included and the round-trip fare costs 10,000 KRW). However, there can be a long queue since the cable car is popular and the cable car may not operate in case of bad weather conditions. The trail from the entrance to Sinheungsa Temple, a famous Buddhist temple with a large bronze statue, or Biseondae Rock, where you can enjoy a view of water cascading down large boulders, is an easy walk, so that can be your option as well. 🙂 If you are interested in visiting the park, you can get more details or book the tour here: http://www.trazy.com/experience/detail/3198

    1. Hi Siowyii, it’s not possible to drive deep inside the mountain. You may park the car at the parking lot and take a cable car or hike along the trekking trail 🙂

    1. Hello Flavia 🙂
      Yes, most of the hiking trails to the highland peaks will be closed during the spring season (~May) as it is considered as a fire hazardous area. Some of the hiking trails including Ulsanbawi, Biseondae, and Biryongpokpo are still available. If you would like to join the hiking trip via Trazy, please check out this link for more information: https://www.trazy.com/experience/detail/seoraksan-national-park-one-day-tour
      If you are planning to visit Seoraksan on your own, please make sure to check the hiking time limit. The time limit indicates that nobody can enter the hiking trails beyond the mentioned time spans. For those who are on the mountain should go down the mountain before sunset for safety.

    1. Hello Athena 🙂
      It highly depends on the weather but if it snows on the day, the guide will inform you of the specific trails that are safe to walk so please don’t worry about that.

  2. Hi there!

    I and my friends are really not into hiking but we will be in Mt. Seorak by mid of October and I understand that the cable car is the best way to view the fall foliage. From the bus stop, how long should we walk to reach the cable car?

    Thanks a lot.

    Yari

    1. Hi Yari! If you are planning to go by public transportation, you can take local bus number 7 or 7-1 in front of Sokcho Express Bus Terminal heading to Seoraksan. Get off at Seoraksan Small Park station and walk about 3~5 minutes to the cable car ticket booth.
      However, as Seoraksan National Park is quite hard to go for first-time visitors without a car, it is recommended to take a day trip to fully enjoy the park 🙂

  3. Hello,
    We will be visiting South Korea right after Christmas 2018. Is it worth going to Seoraksan in late December? If so, what kind of clothing should we wear? Please send some info on trips you offer from Seoul. Thank you.

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