Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 Oct: South Korea: Gangwon-Do: Seoraksan

How to reach Seoraksan from Seoul?

Take subway heading to Express Bus Terminal station, Exit 1 or Exit 2.  Walk towards Dong Seoul Bus Terminal or Gangnam Express Bus Terminal.  Go to the ticket counter to find the next available seat and bus to Sokcho City.  

Fare: 18100krw (724php, 2014). On your ticket, find your platform # and seat #.

There will be reminders on the video screen as the bus depart from the terminal.  The journey will take roughly 2.5 hours.  You'll be given a quick stop half-way the journey to Sokcho.

Upon arrival at Sokcho Express Bus Terminal, cross the street and walk further to wait at the local bus stop.  Board bus # 7 or 7-1.  It will take around 30 minutes to reach Seoraksan.

Entrance to Seoraksan is 3500krw (140php, 2014).

Even if you take the earliest bus from Seoul, expect a lot of visitors already arrived earlier than you.  Head next to the cable car ticket counter, to try to take the earliest available ride.   We bought our's at 10:30 am for the 03:05 pm boarding time.

So foliage above starts in the middle of the maple leaves

Head back before darkness sets it.  You may find difficulty if people rush back to queue for the cable car to go down from the mountain. Expect a long queue of passengers awaiting for Bus #7 or 7-1.  At 5:30 pm in Sockho Terminal, the next available trip heading to Seoul is 8 pm.  So try to strategize next time, if you can buy your return ticket upon your arrival - but  just be cautious of the time.