Lighthouse Observatory


The views of distant Seorak-san and the East Sea aren't bad, but it's best at dusk or dawn. Binoculars are available.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Sokcho attractions

2. Yukdam Pokpo

6.15 MILES

Yukdam Pokpo is a series of six waterfalls and a pond.

3. Naksan-sa

6.33 MILES

This temple was originally established in AD 671 and enjoys a glorious perspective overlooking the sea. Also facing the sea is a majestic (but modern,…

4. Biryong Pokpo

6.38 MILES

This long, thin 40m-high waterfall in Seorak-san National Park gushes into a picturesque pool and and is a 2km climb up from the Seoraksan National Park…

5. Bronze Jwabul Statue

6.72 MILES

On the approach to Sinheung-sa you will pass this huge 10m-tall bronze seated Buddha statue.

6. Sinheung-sa

6.79 MILES

This temple complex that has stood on this site since AD 652 but has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. At the entrance are the Four Heavenly Kings …

7. Insect Ecology Museum


This interesting museum is dedicated to an intriguing range of beetles, butterflies and other insects from around the world. Captions are in Korean and…

8. Naksan Beach

6.84 MILES

Below Naksan-sa is this beach, one of the best on the east coast and of course, busy in summer, when accommodation prices can triple. At other times it’s…