For all the first-time visitors trying to see Seoraksan National Park, here is the ultimate guide that will answer all your questions!
Seoraksan National Park, home to Seoraksan or Mount Seorak, is the third-highest mountain in Korea. It is a popular hiking destination blessed with dramatic peaks, deep valleys, and jagged ridges. It offers spectacular landscapes all year round with jaw-dropping 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 their 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 4 cities and counties, Sokcho, Goseong, Yangyang, and Inje. The park is divided mainly into two areas – Oe-Seorak (Outer Seorak) and Nae-Seorak (Inner Seorak).
From Daecheongbong Peak (1,708m), the highest peak in the park in the center, the eastern area is referred to as Oe-Seorak, and the western area is Nae-Seorak.
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. It’s best to take a tour if you want to take the hassle out of organizing your trip.
Where to Visit within Seoraksan National Park
For first-time travelers, visiting Oe-Seorak, or Outer Seorak is highly recommended. Compared to Nae-Seorak, the overall size and scale combined with the views of the surrounding landscapes of Oe-Seorak 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. They can be accomplished in a few hours, making the park ideal for a day-hike.
Among all the attractions in Seoraksan National Park, some of the must-sees are the beautiful bronze statue of the Buddha at Sinheungsa Temple, a temple with the beautiful bronze statue of the Buddha, and Ulsanbawi Rock, a famous unique rock formation composed of six granite peaks.
For a quieter thrill, you can opt for the Seoraksan Cable Car. It’s a popular cable car that takes you up to Gwongeumseong Fortress, 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 mild weather while admiring the beautiful blooms.
- Spring Special: Seoraksan & Naksansa Temple Join-in Tour – from Seoul
- Seoraksan + Naksansa Temple + Sokcho Tourist & Fishery Market Cherry Blossom Private Tour – from Seoul
In summer, you can enjoy the 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.
Looking for tours to Seoraksan National Park and nearby attractions?
- Seoraksan National Park Hiking Tour
- Nami Island & Seoraksan National Park (+ Garden of Morning Calm) Tour
- Sokcho Beach & Seoraksan National Park Tour
- Seoraksan National Park Private Tour (+ Nami Island/Naksansa Temple/Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm)
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Seoraksan National Park Official Website
Seoraksan National Park Cable Car Official Website