Saturday, September 23, 2017

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 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.

For long distance travelers, and would be concern if there is luggage locker in Sokcho Bus Terminal, check the 2nd photo from this link

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 30-45 minutes on bus 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 while waiting for the cable car ride, we roam around the lower part of the mountain, the temple grounds and had a quick lunch.

So foliage above starts in the middle of the maple leaves

If  you are thinking that the photos above look serene, but it reality the walking areas are also crowded by both locals and tourists.  Remember that Seoraksan is one of the places visited most during autumn season.

Mid-afternoon, we were then ready to ride the cable car.

Underneath the cable car ride were the autumn foliage.

We have roam around the mountain foot, but took cable car heading to the peak.  As for the hard-core hikers, you may be guided by the following routes.  Also, as what suggests in rededit, you can download naver to see which routes will be closed for each season (for their maintenance and prevention of forest fires).

credit: roamscapes

Head back before darkness sets.  You may find it difficult 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.  By 5:30 pm in Sockho Terminal, succeeding trips were already fully booked.  The next available trip heading to Seoul is 8 pm.  So check your strategy next time, if you can buy your return ticket upon your arrival at 10am in Sokcho terminal - just be cautious of the time that you can meet your schedule.

Travel Date: October 24, 2014

What to wear?
If you want safety, probably a hiking shoes.  But we were able to manage using Merrell Casual Trainer shoes.

Apart from gearing up for the cold weather, better to gear up for the strong winds after the cable car ride.

Date Visited: 2014 Oct
Page Updated: 2018 March

Summary of 4 days itinerary in 2014 Autumn Seoul Trip:

Places to see
Food and Restaurants
Where to Sleep
Day 1
Dong Seoul Bus Terminal
Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal
Day 2
Ewha Food Court/Canteen
Haha's Restaurant
Dunkin Donuts
24 Guesthouse Sinchon Style
Day 3
Yeoksam Catholic Church
Garosu-gil Road, Gangnam
Rubber Ducky at Jamsil
DDP - Dongdaemun Design Plaza
The Kona Coffee & Kona Beans
Ace Pizza Club
Chicken Bus
24 Guesthouse Sinchon Style
Day 4
Café del Tren
Kintex: With My Recipe
Korean Dessert Café
Global Kitchen @ Incheon
24 Guesthouse Sinchon Style

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