Seoraksan National Park
Centered around Daecheongbong Peak (1,708 m), the highest point of the park, the area toward Inje County is known as Naeseorak (inner Seorak), the outer regions toward the East Sea as Oeseorak (outer Seorak), and the Osaekcheon Stream area of Yangyang County as Namseorak (southern Seorak). Naeseorak is known for the sights such as Baekdam Valley, Suryeomdong Valley, Gayadong Valley, Yongajangseong Ridge, Baegundong Valley, Gwittaegi Valley, Sibiseonnyeotang Valley, and the Daeseung Falls and Ongnyeotang Pond of Jangsudae area. Oeseorak is known for Cheonbuldong Valley, Ulsan Peak, Towangseong Falls, Biseondae Rock, Geumganggul Cave, Gwimyeonam Rock, and Oryeon Falls. Namseorak region enjoyed historical renown for its spring water and hot springs (Osaek Hot Springs), and is also famous for Yongso Falls, Sibi Falls, and Yeosin Falls near Jujeongol area.
Located at the entrance to the Seoraksan Mountain and also known as Naemulchi in the past, the area has been remodeled with a new name of Seorak Sunrise Park. If Daepo’s Oeongchi Beach is a hidden beach, the coast of Seorak Sunrise Park is an open one. It is located next to the National Highway No. 7, at the crossroads to Daepohang Port, Yangyang, and Seoraksan Mountain. It is a great destination to catch the sunrise.
Oeongchi Beach used to be a local favorite up until early 1970s, when the coastal fortifications put up by the military closed off the access to civilians. The beach was reopened after about 30 years in the summer of 2005, and because of its long period of closure, the beach retains much of nature. Its small size, quiet surroundings, and shallow, clean waters make it an ideal family trip destination. But above all, Oeongchi Beach is famous for its beautiful scenery, making it often considered one of the Eight Sights of Sokcho.
Thanks to well-maintained sandbar, clean waters, and a beautiful screen of pine forest, Sokcho Beach remains highly popular among the county’s residents and visitors alike. The white sand beach has a wooden walking trail with pine forest to the back, while amenities such as restrooms, shower rooms, large parking lot (can accommodate up to 500 cars), and campsites offer convenience to the visitors. There is also a market and a restaurant area specializing in raw sliced fish nearby.
Daepohang Port is located at the scenic intersection of Seoraksan Mountain, Cheoksan Spa, the East Sea, Cheongchoho Lake, and Yeongnangho Lake. Popular fishes such as olive flounder and Bangeo (amberjack) are hauled fresh every morning, making it a highly popular destination for raw sliced fish aficionados.
Dongmyeonghang Port’s proximity to the Yeonggeumjeong Pavilion and a live fish sales center makes it a popular stop for the region’s visitors. Breakwaters next to the port serve as popular fishing platforms, while tourist ferries take the visitors along the East Sea to Sokcho, Goseong, and Yangyang. The opening of the Baekdusan Mountain sea route on April 28, 2000, has added a new ferry service, Dongchun, that takes passengers from Sokcho to Zarubino (Russia) and Hunchun (China) every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Yeongnangho Lake HwarangdoExperience Site
Located on the shores of the beautiful Yeongnangho Lake, Yeongnangho Hwarangdo Experience Site is a training ground where visitors can experience the long-standing traditions of Silla’s Hwarangdo.
According to the analysis conducted by the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), Cheoksan Spa is an alkaline hot spring rich in fluorine and the radioactive element radium, making it one of the world’s most unique hot springs in terms of content. Drawing nearly 3,800M/T of hot springs water every day, Cheoksan Hot Springs is said to be effective toward the treatment of skin disorders, eye diseases, stomach disorders, neuropathic pain, rheumatism, and radiation sickness.
Seorak Waterpia uses 100% natural hot spring water as a comprehensive hot springs theme park offering different experiences each season.