Introducing Seoraksan National Park
This park (636 7700; npa.or.kr/sorak/eng/npa/intro.htm; adult/youth/child W3400/1300/700), open two hours before sunrise and closed two hours before sunset, is one of the most beautiful on the entire Korean peninsula – North and South. It boasts oddly shaped rock formations, dense forests, abundant wildlife, hot springs and ancient Shilla-era temples. Unesco has designated the area a Biosphere Protection Site and Seoraksan itself (Snowy Crags Mountain) will leave you in awe. Sinheungsa Temple is also a must see, and if you tire of the park itself head down to the nearby coast for some of Korea’s best sandy beaches.
The peak season is July and August, though the mid-October leaf-changing show attracts coachloads of visitors. Prices for accommodation more than double at these times. Accommodation can become completely full, so make reservations early.
Sadly, this park was creamed by 100-year downpours in the summer of 2006, washing out numerous hiking trails. Check conditions with the tourist information centre (635 2003) before you visit.
Last updated: Sep 25, 2008
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