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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Top 10 Things you should know about Mount Seoraksan


Top 10 Things you should know about Mount Seoraksan


1. Location
It is situated in Gangwon province in the Eastern Part of South Korea. It is also considered as the highest mountain in Taebaek mountain range. 

Seoraksan is considered as the third highest mountain in South Korea, next to Mount Hallasan in Jeju Island, with Mount Jirisan as the highest one amongst all.


2. Admission Fee
Mountain Not Access Period: Seasonal Forest Fire Watches by Park March 2 - May 15
Mount Seoraksan - Outer Seoraksan
Admission Fee: Adults 3,500 won 


3. How to get there: Seoul to Sokcho
1. Alight at Express Bus Terminal Station. (Brown Line 9)
2. Go to  Exit 2 to Yeongdong Line. 
3. Ticket Counter is just a few metres away from Burger King. 
4. Then proceed to Bus Platform 19 bound for Sokcho. Take the Donghu Express Bus. 
Ticket  Fare: 18,500 won / 22 SGD / 16 USD
Travel Time: 3.5 hour ride


4. Where to stay
I stayed in James Blue Hostel
1 Night : 20,000 won
Address : Kang-won do Sok-cho si Dong-myung dong 466-36. 
Tel : +82 10-5365-4591
Taxi Fare from Sokcho express bus terminal to James Hostel: 4,000-6,000 won
The bus stop for Bus number 7 or 7-1 that goes straight to Seoraksan National Park is just a few metres behind the hostel. 


5. Winter Trek Vacation Checklist
1. Heatech Top and Bottom
2. Winter Jacket with Fleece
3. Waterproof Pants
4. Poncho. The weather is unpredictable in the mountains.
5. Waterproof gloves
6. Bonnet or Ear Muffler
7. Neck Warmer or Scarf
8. Winter or Hiking Boots. Pair it up with some winter socks or hiking socks
9. Lip Balm for men and Lipstick for ladies
10. Moisturizer (petroleum jelly) and apply Sunblock
11. Snacks (energy bars,cookies)
12. Water 
13. Whistle and a Photocopy of your passport for emergency. At the same time inform your guesthouse that you're climbing Mt. Seoraksan for that day.
14. Everything pack inside a zip-lock bag. Bring along small packs of silica gel to absorb moisture.
15. Don't forget your Camera. Place a separate silica gel pack inside your camera bag. 


6. Trekking Course ( Visit their website for more information about the trails)
a. Daecheongbong Peak, the highest peak in Seoraksan at 1708m. Make your way to the southern part of Seoraksan in Oseak, which is famous for its mineral springs, from there you can easily access the trail to the peak. However, the mountain was not accessible during my trip.

b. My Trail was from from Mount Seoraksan Entrance to Heundeulbawi Rock then to Ulsanbawi peak. 
Total Climb Duration: 4 hours

c. Temple to nearby bridges and parks. 

d. Trail and Bridges going to the waterfalls


7. Overnight Stay on top of the Mountain (Don't forget to Call)
The nearest shelter to the peak is the Jungcheoung Shelter stay there and catch the sunrise. 
Reservation number: 033-636-7700  
http://www.knps.or.kr/portal/main/contents.do?menuNo=7020040
https://reservation.knps.or.kr/information/shelterInfo.action?seqId=B031003


8. Easiest Way Up
Take the cable car nearby the Sinheungsa Temple area a few metres away from the Seoraksan Entrance. 
Required trek time : Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes
Distance : 1.2km (one way)
Cable car Adults (ages over 13): 8,500 won Children (ages 4-13): 5,500 won
Operating Hours: 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours before sunset

Exit the cable car platform and take the stairway, walk up about 10 minutes to reach the top of Gwongeumseong or also known as Bonghwadae.


9. Food 
Food stalls and restaurants are located nearby the Entrance. 
Try something new and have lunch on the rocks or a picnic nearby the park.


10. Make a Wish
I read a blog about a hiker who went to Mount Seoraksan and collected stones along the way. After the climb he piled all the stones like a tower, made a wish for each of them for himself and his loved ones and left the mountain with a smile. I did the same, it felt really great it was like letting go of my worries along with the wind. It wasn't just me but there were a few more stones pile in every corner. I hope and pray all our hearts desires come true. 

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