Mt. Seorak(Mt. Sorak) Daily Tour (38)

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  • Time 09:00-17:00 Number of persons 4
    Itinerary
    Hotel → Mt. Seorak National Park → Shinheung Temple → Gwongeumseong Fortress → Move to Seoul → Hotel
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    Itinerary could be changed depending on the season.
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Cosmojin travel has run Seoul daily city tour for more than 15 years. We developed the most attractive tour packages for visitors and will continue to create new programs to meet international traveler’s need.

We help you to plan your own Seoul city tour with well-prepared theme and organized time table. You will find the most convenient way to enjoy Seoul with Cosmojin.

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There is Korean saying "Even a chance meeting is due to the Karma in a previous life. "We will serve you as our family and friend as we want you to remember the time with us as a great memory. There are so much fun in Seoul and we cannot wait to introduce all of them. It does not matter morning, afternoon or late night. You will be surprised what you can enjoy in every second. We look forward to meeting you soon. You will enjoy guided tour with interesting secret and meaningful information that you cannot find elsewhere. Aren’t you excited about the best guide, the best customer, the best place and the best tour course?

Tour Highlights

A day at Mt. Seorak(Mt Sorak) where there is the most majestic beauty in the mountains of Taebaek, located on the spine of Korea.

It takes about 3 hours to get to Gangwondo from Seoul. You will travel through numerous tunnels, but it is the backwoods hills of the towns that needed to be crossed over and traveled through. The road conditions are still in the same state as they were 10 years ago. It was also the last place that culture or resources can reach because of its geographical features, being blocked by the Taebaek Mountains. However is has long been beloved as the best resort and tourist site. Anyone would drive 4-5 hours to go visit this place.

Mt. Seorak(Mt Sorak) is the third highest mountain at 1,708 meters above sea level, located through Sokcho-si Gangwondo, yangyang-gun, Inje-gun, and Goseong-gun. It is named ‘Seorak (meaning ‘a high mountain covered in snow’),’ because snow starts to fall during Chuseok (Korean thanksgiving holidays) and melts in summer.

It was designated as the 171st national monument in 1965, a national park in 1970, and a biosphere reserve zone by UNESCO in 1982. The mountain is the museum of the Korean ecosystem itself, and also the place where the ecosystem is well preserved in Korea.

The mountain is categorized as the inner side, the outer side, and the southern part of Seorak. The northwestern part with Daecheongbong peak belongs to Inje-gun, which is the inner side. The eastern part where it is close to the seaside which belongs to Sokcho-si is the outer side, and the southern part is in Yangyang. The inner part is famous for its magnificent view with valleys and shapes, and the outer part is more familiar to people who climb for the cliff and falls.


Seorak, which literally translated means “snow-covered peaks,” refers to this mountain region as well as to the national park in which these mountains are found. Mt. Seorak(Mt Sorak) is Korea's second-largest national park, and it contains Daecheongbong, Korea’s third-highest peak.

Time and the elements have carved the local gray granite into magnificent spires and crags which rise from the crashing sea coast and soar upward from the deep valleys, at the bottom of which are emerald pools and sparkling streams of crystal-clear water.

These lush valleys are densely covered with pine and hardwood trees, and are home to over 800 varieties of plants and about 500 kinds of animals. In 1982, UNESCO designated that this area be preserved for its unique botanical features.


The 2,100 meter mountain fortress on the mountain in Seorakdong's small park is the Gwongeumseong fortress. The exact year of construction is not known, but the Kwon and Kim families climbed the mountain in hurry to escape, but it was almost impossible to fight against the enemies. So Kwon came down the mountain to bring rocks and stones and Kim built the fortress. It's named derives from both men. You can see the magnificent view of the outer side of Seorak and the endless horizon of the east sea.

You have to climb more than a hour but also there is a cable car which was installed in 1970. You can get to Bonghwadae (Beacon fire station) after 15 minutes of walking. Bonghwadae will show you the scene of the outer part of Seorak, majestic Ulsanbawi rock, Sokcho city, and the east sea, which is as blue as a sapphire. Also you can see the different scenes of Seorak in each season, any day of the year.


The temple has a history dating back to the 7th century. Sinhung Temple is the main temple of the area known as outer Mt. Seorak, or the eastern side of the National Park.
The temple was first named Hyangsong Temple and built on another nearby site in 652 A.D. by Master Jajang-yulsa. In 1645, the temple was burnt to the ground.

The last three remaining monks had a vision in which they were ordained to rebuild the temple behind the original site, where it stands now, giving the temple protection against the three main disasters of fire, water and wind.

After that, the temple got its current name Sinhung Temple, meaning "Divinely Inspired Temple." Subsequent reconstructions have occurred in various parts of the present site over time.

There are plenty of old buildings and stone works remaining in this historic temple, and the stone tower is one of old stone works that is made in the style of architecture of the unified Silla era in the 9th century as a classic stone tower with three-floor cores.
Another famous thing in the temple is the largest bronze statue of Buddha in Korea. This Buddha Shakyamuni which is on a 2.3 meter high 13 meter diameter pedestal with a 14.6 meter high body made of 108 tons of bronze is hugging the wish of Korean reunification in its arms.

Stupas which are stone storage to keep sunims’ crystals or ashes in Sinheungsa temple is a classic group that is created in a single place with past high priests’ stupa since 1644.

What You Can Expect

The beautiful Seorak makes your long journey glamorous with its mystic environment. The scenery made from the symphony of nature on the way to Seorak from Seoul will be the rehearsal for the genuine beauty of the mountain that is waiting for you over the curtain of rough roads and hills.

It might be lunchtime when you arrive, even though you started driving early in the morning from Seoul because of its location. Wild vegetable bibimbap for lunch is a famous dish in Korea with vegetables and rice mixed together with chili paste. Wild vegetable bibimbap of Gangwondo that has fresh in season vegetables that will especially recharge your energy for the day.
For adventuring the Seorak Mountain, you will climb to Gwongeumseong fortress by cable car. The view of Sokcho and the east sea on Gwongeumseong fortress where it was constructed by the Kwon and Kim families to avoid invasion by foreign countries in a single day gives you refreshment that you cannot explain only with words. Most of all, the magnificent scenery of mountaintop and the Seorak ridge will be the best memory you have of Korea.

Sinheungsa temple is waiting next to Gwongeumseong fortress. The temple is 1400 years old and it was built during Shilla time, one of the oldest kingdoms. Many part of the temple were burnt during the Japanese invasion in 1592, but it is restored and is still standing today. The colossal statue of Buddha, which was built for prayer and to grant the wish of Korea and the reunification statue, will catch our eyes.

Highlights
The magnificent scene of Seorak national park, the father of Korean mountains
Wild vegetable bibimbap with various fresh vegetables in season
The Kwon and Kim families constructed Sokcho city view in Gwongeumseong fortress in a single day.
Dynamic figure of outer Soerak from Gwongeumseong fortress at an altitude of 600 meters

Information

Come and enjoy a beautiful view and peaceful journey. In the Gangwon province, visit Seorak Mountain. the 5th national park in Korea. 

Tour Included

Guide, Transportation, Admission Fee and Hotel Pick up & Drop off Service (in Seoul)

Pick-up & Sending Service

1. Pick-up and drop-off service may be delayed due to traffic.

Payment / Cancelation

1. Cancel after 18:00 one day before the tour date: cancellation fee of 70% of the tour cost.
2. Cancel at or after the tour begins or no-show: NO REFUND

Note

1. For your safety, stay with the group and follow the directions of the guide during a group tour
2. Cosmojin cannot take responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred while on tour.

3. Tour may be cancelled due to heavy rain or snow.

Course

  • Hotel
  • Mt. Seorak National Park

    The peaks of the Seoraksan Mountains break through the clouds while jade-like water flows through the valleys creating breathtaking views and making this Korea's most famous national park. Due to the many rare species found here UNESCO designated this national park a Biosphere Preservation District in 1982. The mountain range located here stretches over an area of 373 ㎞² with the highest peak reaching 1,708 meters. The most famous tourist area near Mt. Seoraksan National Park is the city of Sokcho. The eastern part of Sokcho has sparkling water along the coast while the western part of the city connects to the most famous mountain of the national park. This area is said to be blessed with beautiful natural surroundings: beaches,ski resorts,hot springs and historic treasures. Accommodations in the area include hotels,condominiums and small motels. The facilities in the area are well-made to accommodate the three million annual visitors to the park.

  • Shinheung Temple

    Shinheung Temple is easily accessible to tourists visiting Sorak Mountain and located in Sokongwon. The area that surrounds Sokongwon actually belongs to Shinheung Temple. It is a popular walking trail and only a ten minute walk from the ticket booth at Sokongwon to the main hall of this temple. Historically this temple was originally one of the branches of the Kunbong Temple from 1912 and then was enthroned as a main temple in 1971 to become the most historical and impressive temple in the Sorak Mountain area. The history of this temple goes back to the Shilla Dynasty (652) and was originally founded by Master Jazang who named it Hangsung Temple. Since then this temple has been rebuilt numerous times.

  • Gwongeumseong Fortress

    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. Seoraksan Sogongwon 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.

    A cable car ride to Gwongeum Castle provides visitors with a view of the valleys which seem to boast of their respective beauty. Mt. Seorak provides different characteristics for each season. You can see wild flowers in the spring waterfalls and clear streams in the summer various colorful foliage in the fall and white snow in the winter.

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  • G.W

    • 2014/10/05 13:11:45

    The temples in the heart of the mountains were so mystic and majestic.

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  • sonia

    • 2014/10/05 13:11:29

    Korea has such beautiful mountains.

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  • loiil

    • 2014/10/04 13:11:11

    Extremely stunning

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  • ruddy

    • 2014/10/03 13:10:57

    It was great, excellent, and awesome! Saw so many beautiful landscape that I have never visited in my life time.

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