Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Seoraksan National Park, Gangwon

There are currently 20 national parks in South Korea - 16 mountainous parks, 3 marine parks and 1 historical park. Our itinerary includes a visit to Seoraksan National Park, a mountainous park. Seoraksan, or Mount Sorak, is the third highest mountain in South Korea.

Seoraksan National Park is proud of its topographic landscape as well as beautiful autumn foliage. In fact, the main season for Seoraksan National Park is autumn, where the autumn colours in the area are considered amongst the most beautiful in South Korea. And we glad to have visited there during autumn - indeed breathtaking view !

The area is divided into Naeseorak, Namseorak and Oeseorak - Inner Seorak, Southern Seorak and Outer Seorak respectively.

Some of the main tourist attractions which is easily accessible via walk from the main entrance valley to the national park include the Biryeong Falls, Ulsanbawi and Heundeulbawi. Both Ulsanbawi and Heundeulbawi are unique rock formations in the national park.

There's also a cable car ride being operated at Seorakdong area, which is pretty near the main entrance valley. Several temples are within walking distance from the main entrance as well, such as the Sinheungsa Temple.

As we were only given about an hour plus to venture that area, we did not really have the luxury to cover so many places. Need to miss the cable car ride as well as we did not want to miss other sites and spend time queuing for the ride.

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