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Introducing Sokcho

Sokcho is the biggest city near Seoraksan National Park and enjoys more tourism than most port cities. Fishing is still a major industry and Dongmyeong Port is worth a wander round with its sea views, fishing boats, seafood restaurants and lighthouse. Barbed wire lines every inch of shoreline. At night remember that lights in the water are to attract squid; lights on the beaches are to detect spies.

From here ferries leave for Russia and for tours of Paekdusan on the Chinese border with North Korea.

There is a small tourist information centre (639 2689; 9am-6pm, closed Jan) outside the express bus terminal.