Sokch'o Travel Guide

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Sokch'o Highlights

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    amipia21 says…

     "It's Very beautiful scenery and beaches" 

  • Con
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     food is just ok. not really a con. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A place worth seeing. 

Sokch'o Things to Do

  • Sokcho City

    Sokcho City is the nearest city to Mount Sorak National park and is usually the starting point for a tour of the Park. Sockho is actually above the 38th parallel and was part of North Korea before (after the war, North Korea Captured kaesong and Onjin peninsula from the south and the South captured Sokcho and the Surrounding areas). It is also the...

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  • Go to the beach!

    The beaches in Sokcho are nice. Great for lounging on... Lots of convenience stores and restaurants nearby.

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  • Great view! Look-out point

    When taking the high road through the mountains (instead of the low-level expressway) you get a great view at the mountain crest. There's a rest stop built there, with lookout platforms providing a spectacular view out over Sokcho to the East Sea. Leave your hat in the car! It's very windy, and you'll lose it!

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  • Unification Buddha

    At the enterance of Shinheungsa Temple (Seoraksan National Park) is the "Tongil Daebul," the Great Unification Buddha Statue. The 14.6-meter gilt-bronze Buddha statue sits on a 4.3-meter high pedestal made of the same metallic substance and weighs 108 tons. The giant structure represents one important wish of Korean people -- the reunification of...

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  • Explore Seoraksan National Park

    Seoraksan National Park was designated a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO in 1982 (the only one in Korea). It is a wonderland mixture of rugged granite peaks, bubbling waterfalls, deep caves, thick forest and historic Buddhist temples, including Shinhungsa. Since then, the movement to protect Seoraksan gained momentum. Seoraksan can be...

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  • Visit Korea's oldest Zen temple

    The 7th century Shinhungsa temple is the main temple of the area known as Outer Soraksan Mountain. It is a mere 5-10 minutes from the Park entrance and is said to be the older Zen temple in Korea.

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  • Take a hike to the Piryong Falls

    Take a hike to the Piryong Falls which will approximately take about 2 hours and 45 minutes at a relaxed pace. The falls is closest one to the entrance. Piryong Pond has been created by some whirlpools of the waterfalls. The pond's length is 15 meters and the width is 20 meters.

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  • Naksansa Temple

    This is the most beautiful temple of Korea's east coast. Founded in 671 AD, it's well known for its statue of Gwaneum, the Goddess of Mercy. Completed in 1977, it stands over the coast. The gardens here are absolutely gorgeous.

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  • Use Sokcho-si as your base town....

    Apart from the seafood, there's nothing really much to do here. So use this little town as your base to explore Mt Sorak and its hot springs. It's better to stay here as the food here is great and the accomodations are a lot cheaper. Also, there's some drinking joints in town.

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Sokch'o Restaurants

  • Great Galbi!

    Located not far from the Bongpo marina. Walk north on the main street, about 100m from the marina entrance. You can't miss the balcony overlooking the beach/sea, or the smell of bbq.Typical galbi restaurant. Hot grill in the centre of the table. Grill your meat, and wrap with leaves.Meat was fresh and good, and the price was not expensive.

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  • Freshest seafood/sushi you'll ever eat

    This place doesn't look very special, but looks are deceiving. The food is great! The first floor is nothing but tanks of various sea critters moving about, unaware that they'll soon be your dinner. Point out what you want, pay for it, and watch them prepare it for you fresh, and either raw or cooked. Outside are many picnic tables overlooking the...

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  • Cheapest Buffet in Sokcho-si

    This is really a nondescript little place that uses huge jerry cans as tables, but heck, the food here is delicious and you can eat as much as you want for under $10 !Go there slightly ealier than 7pm as the little shop is crowded with locals. As you go there, indicate to the helpful owner that you want to eat there and she'll assign you a...

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Sokch'o Nightlife

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    Java Joint in an Unlikely Place

    by bpacker Updated Jan 15, 2004

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    I am a coffee-addict and I need java or at the very least tea ( to pacify me) at all hours of the day. My hubby is no different, that's why we are soul mates. Back home in Singapore, we were pampered by the cheap availability of foamy, milky tea and coffee at all hours of the night and day. Not so in Korea. Tea and coffee is expensive here. Since we're unwilling to fork out thousands of won to feed our unhealthy habits, we trudged our way to their local convenience store every night to drink instant mocha. Unlike the 7-11s in Singapore, their stores have chairs and tables for you to feed yourself. We were glad to get our java at a cheap price ( 500w ), even glader to get a hot drink on a cold winter's night.

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Sokch'o Transportation

  • cheap buses...

    You can take number 7 for seorak mountain.There is a bus from sokcho-city to seorak mountain. It takes 20min to Mt,seorak.

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  • from Gangneung to Sokcho

    One can take the bus to Sokcho from the Gangneung Express Bus Terminal. As of April 2007, a bus leaves Sokcho every 30 mins and the trip lasts for an hour and 20 mins. The ride is quiet comfy though there's not much to see along the way.

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  • Express Bus from Ulsan to Sokcho

    I was plesantly surprised to find a bus that leaves from Southern Ulsan to Northern Sokcho. It only cost me about US$25 or so to make that long 7 hour journey. Take note that you'll need to change buses at GangNeung though. I wasn't aware of it till the last minute - Thank God there was a kind bus driver who looked out for me. He pratically carried...

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Sokch'o Warnings and Dangers

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    by schwein Written Jul 7, 2008

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    The beaches are enticing, but watch out for the jellyfish and other stingy things.
    Noticed quite a few of the little bastards.

    A few sea urchins about, too.
    You sure don't want to step on one of those...

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    • Beaches
    • Beer Tasting

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Sokch'o Tourist Traps

  • Expensive food !

    The food & drinks in the park is expensive than downtown and maple season is mid of Oct raw fish expensive than usual.

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  • Expensive food !

    The food & drinks in the park is expensive than downtown when you reached in sokcho you can buy food you walk to E-mart 3 min from Express bus terminal.

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Sokch'o Off The Beaten Path

  • Poignant reminders of war

    There was a major war over here, just 50 years ago. So it's not surprising to see some reminders of war here and there. Look out for them in Sokcho.

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  • Fresh, very fresh seafood

    As I was mentioning, there's lots of seafood restaurants in Sokcho, especially near the lighthouse area. Take a walk there at night and see those squiggly things on sale. While you are fascinated by the sheer variety of sea creatures, it's hard to remember that you're not in Ocean Park but at an eatery. These live, squiggly things are meant to be...

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  • Fresh Seafood Restaurants and B-grade...

    Lots of fresh seafood restaurants litter the area of Sokcho-si like polka-dots in a yellow bikini. Like the dots, these shops are numerous and have bad taste. Most of them think nothing about displaying a larger than life spidery looking thing on the roof just to attract their customers. Since I am not a fan of sashimi in other countries, these...

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Sokch'o Sports & Outdoors

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    Scuba in Sokcho/Bongpo - divepoint map 4 more images

    by schwein Updated Jul 7, 2008

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    Bongpo Resort runs a dive operation off of the fishing boat dock a bit north of Sokcho.
    I booked/travelled with NomaDive, of Seoul.

    You'll want at least a 5mm suit. Water was moderately cool, with a hood and gloves needed for the deeper than 15m dives. Water temps ranged from 15-20 degrees C. Visibility was decent, approx 5-10m clear.
    Lots of neat little critters about, to snap pics of.

    There are more than 10 different nearby boat accessed dive sites out of this location, with a couple beach entries as well.

    Nearby restaurants and convenience stores ensure you don't go hungry during your surface interval.

    Equipment: Equipment? Bring your own, or rent it either there or through a shop.
    If you have big hands/feet, you might have trouble finding boots and gloves that fit.

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    • Diving and Snorkeling

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