On the path to Sinheungsa Temple, there is a great bronze statue called Bronze Jwabul Statue, which is well over 10 meters high and what a sight and I must take pictures of It, It reminds me of the Bronze Buddha in Nara, Japan.
Sinheungsa Temple is a short 10min walk away from the Sorak Park entrance hence many visit because of its close proximity to it. Sinheungsa is a temple which used to be called Hyangseongsa. On the path to Sinheungsa, there is a great bronze statue called Bronze Jwabul Statue, which is well over 10 meters high. Just beyond the statue, which is on a granite terrace, there is a bridge to the right called Hyeonsugyo, which was newly built for crossing the ravine. Past the bridge there is a long stone wall with a Cheongwang door, and you can enter the temple. At the entrance there are four Cheonwang (king) statues (Jiguk Cheonwang with a sword, Damun Cheonwang with a lute, Gwangmok Cheonwang with a tower, and Jeungjang Cheonwang with a dragon), placed on either side.
Admission fee is provided in the entrance fee of Mount Sorak national park
Cross a bridge called Hyeonsugyo then past it, there is a long stone wall with a Cheongwang door, and you can enter the temple. At the entrance there are four Cheonwang (king) statues (Jiguk Cheonwang with a sword, Damun Cheonwang with a lute, Gwangmok Cheonwang with a tower, and Jeungjang Cheonwang with a dragon), placed on both sides. The Buddhist statues at Sinheungsa were placed here during the founding days of Seongjeongsa, and includes the statues Mireukbosal, Gwaneumbosal, Seji, etc. which were sculpted by Uisang Daesa. The buildings which were built during that time are still standing, like the sanctuary, main temple, Myeongbujeon, Bojaeru, and Chilseonggak, etc. There is also an important cultural property, Treasure No. 443, called Hyangseongsaji, a three-story stone tower.
Sinheungsa is located 10 minutes walking distance from Sogongwon ticket counter, and many people visit because of its proximity to Sogongwon and hence this is part 3 of our trek to it, with the main gate entrance.
The primary religions in Korea are Christianity and Buddhism.
Despite it's late arrival in Korea, Christianity is the primary religion of about 21% of the total population. Christian churches and cathedrals are common throughout the land. South Korea has the second highest rate of Christianity in eastern Asia, with the Philippines being first. Christianity in Korea is usually associated with modern reformist thinkers.
Buddhism, not surprisingly, comes in a close second in Korean religion with about 20 % of the population. Buddhist temples are typically beautiful, secluded compounds high in the mountains, though a few are located within the cities. Buddhism is Korea is typically associated with conservative, old fashioned thinking.
Seoraksan is a good place to experience some of Korea's Buddhist culture with many temples and statues of Buddha.
After Having been Refreshed in the Hot Springs of your hotel, then you can indulge in Drinking Party with your buddy in your room since there is no nitelife in the resort! you can buy liquors and foodstuffs at the 24 hour convenience store in the resort and cook the foodstuffs in your room!
after a tiring hike into Mount Sorak National Park, what is more better than to indulge yourself at a hot resort spa and pool in your hotel to sooth your body! This is in Daemyung Sorak Resort located at the border of Sokcho and Kosong-dong!
There are three differing views on the name of Ulsanbawi. Some says that it looks like a fence and its name was copied from Ulsan of Gyeongsangnam-do. Later, the Korean term of crying mountain was transliterated into Chinese characters. Because of the way the whole mountain reverberates the sound of thunder in rain, it is also called Cheonhusan.
Ulsanbawi is composed of 6 granite peaks, with a girth of 4Km. It is about 4Km to the top, which takes about 2 hours, and when you pass by Sinheungsa and take the wide path for 10 minutes, there is a bridge leading to a lone path. On the right, past the bridge is Anyangam. 25 minutes past that spot is the Naewonam, and from this resting area, it takes another 10 minutes (about 300m) to get to Gyejoam. In Gyejoam, which is under a large and round rock, there is a large boulder, which can be rocked back and forth by a single person. Gyejoam is a small Buddhist temple built from natural stone cave, and you can look up at the view of Ulsanbawi when you stand in front of the rocking boulder. If you take the steep path, about 500 m past Gyejoam, you can finally reach Ulsanbawi, reputed to be the largest single rock in the Orient. It is 950m high with cliffs on all sides, and there is a 808-step metal bridge which allows anyone to easily reach the summit.
Admission is included in the Entrance fee to Sorak National Park
Again we were disapointed since it was raining and foggy so we didn't see the spectacular views here. A Consolation is that you can hang around here and enjoy the cold air and then buy food and drinks at the cable car station, located 200 meters below the peak.
the main peak (Daechung) at 1,708 meters above sea level is accesible via the 800 meter cable car ride and a further 200 meter walk to the top and the view is supposed to view breathtaking! (but unfortunately, if was very foggy when we were there, see the pictures!)
According to the Brochure, Once you mount Daecheong peak you can view the mountain peaks, and the sunrise viewed from here will make your heart pious. South NaeSeorak directs the valley from Oknyeotang area to Hangyeryeong. Daeseung Waterfall north of Jangsudae is the most beautiful site of NaeSeorak, which is 88m high. On the south valley of Yongdaeri there is the twelve fairy bathing spring, Oktang Falls, and Yongtang Falls, etc.
Mount Sorak, South Korea's most popular Mountain (but the highest peak is at Mt. Hallasan in Jeju Island) and is named sorak due to it's whitish granite face which looks like white snow hence the name sorak. Mount Sorak is the third highest mountain in the country, with the main peak (Daechung) at 1,708 meters above sea level. Situated on the east coast of the Korean Peninsula in the Taebaek Mountain range, it is composed of dissected granite and gneiss, with rocky hills and ridges. It is also home to the Asian black bear (as you can see at the statue at the park's entrance.
The main activities here are hiking, camping and climbing. It is a favorite local hot spot, visited by many, from honeymooners to schoolchildren accompanied by their teachers. Take a short cable-car ride and a short hike to the peak for a breathtaking panoramic view of the surroundings.
This park is open all year round.
Adults(Age 20 and over) : 1,300 won
Teenagers(Age 14~19) : 600 won
Children(Age 13 and under) : 300 won
Cable car: 7,000 won
The triangular pillar shaped peak that emerges in front of Biseondae (rock platform) is janggunbong (peak). Geumganggul (cave) is located on the mountainside of janggunbong (peak). Far away, yor can see the East Sea and what seem like layers of rocky walls is Cheonbuldong
Gwongeumseong has the best view in Mt. Seoraksan. You can look out onto Oe-Serok (outer Serok) and the East Sea beyond the mountains. Cable cars run from 8:00 in the morning. You just need a ticket to get on one. If you want an express sightseeing of Mt. Seoraksan, the cable car is a must!
Far far ago, a war had broken out in the nation. Two men of great strength living the region. Gwon and Gim, led their families to flee from the battle and climbed up Mt. Seoraksan. They tried to build a fort on the mountain peak to keep the enemies from getting to themselves and their families. However, there was no rock nearby. Gwon and Gim thought for a while when Gwon suggested an idea. "I'll climb down to the brook and thow you up rocks from there, and you can catch them from up here and pile them up. We do that all night, and we'll build a fort in no times." Soon dawn led its way into dark and a fort was created on the moutain peak. Thus, the fort was named after the two men, Gwon, and Gim.
( http://sokchotour.com/english/sightseeing/total_sightseeing.htm )
Three hundred meters from Waseondae (rock platform) is Biseondae (rock platform), famous for the beautiful scenery it provides. The streakof water that grooves several times over the boulder of Biseo ned in one's mind. Biseondae (rock platform) derives its name from the legend that aoddess named Mago flew up to heaven from place.
It's best well known among Outer-Seorak with full of beauties each season: smell of Spring flowers, deep-green mood in Summer, colorful leaves in Autumn, and snowy scenery in Winter. Especially the magnificent snow-covered valley rivals Manpokdong in Geumgangsan.
Soyangho is a man-made lake, constructed in 1975. It is Korea's largest lake today. A road follows the shore of Soyangho for many miles offering great views of the water and the mountains beyond.
If you drive from Seoul to Seoraksan, one route will take you past this very pretty area.