Seorak Mountain was named Seorak (‘Seol’ meaning ‘snow’ and ‘Ak’ meaning ‘big mountain’) because the snow would not melt for a long time keeping the rocks in a permanent state of white. In November 1965, the Seorak Mountain district was designated as a Natural Monument preservation area. Afterwards in December 1973, it was designated as a park preservation area, and in August 1982, as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO.
The park is spread across 4 cities and counties: Sokcho, Inje, Goseong and Yangyang. The highest peak is Daecheongbong; to the east is OeSeorak and to the west is NaeSeorak, which is divided again into North NaeSeorak and South NaeSeorak. OeSeorak has many unique rock formations and waterfalls, including Cheonbuldong Valley, Ulsanbawi Rock, Gwongeumseong Fortress, Geumganggul Cave, Gwimyeonam Hermitage, Biryong Falls, Oryeon Falls, Togwangseong Falls and more. There are many hiking courses throughout the park with the most popular being the Biseondae-Madeungnyeong Course and Biseondae-Cheonbuldong-Daecheongbong Peak Course.
Nami Island, located 63 km away from Seoul, is half moon shaped isle, and on it is the grave of General Nami, who led a great victory against the rebels in the 13th year of the 7th king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Sejo. It is famous for its beautiful tree lined roads. Nami Island is not only known as the filming spot of “Winter Sonata”, but also a cultural center for creative ideas of local artists and employees. Nami Island plays host to a variety of cultural events, concerts, and exhibitions throughout the year. It is a popular get-away for couples, friends and family from the bustling city. You can reach the island by a ferry or zip wire.
1. Subway Line 2 Hongik Univ. Station Exit 8 pick up
2. Subway Line 4 Myeong-dong Station Exit 4 pick up
3. Subway Line 2/4/5 Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Exit 9 pick up
1. 6:50 am
2. 7:20 am
3. 7:35 am
This is a great tour as Mount Seorak and the surrounding park are incredibly beautiful. Being able to hike different paths or take the cable car up allows for different levels of activity and fitness options making it good for everyone. There are lots of restaurants for eating and a Buddha statue. The inclusion of Nami Island is nice as well. Some may want more time as there is a lot to do in terms of what to see and activities bungee jumping, zip lining, water sports. It is a beautiful small island that is easy to walk. We really enjoyed this tour. Unfortunately we didn’t have as much time at each place as expected due to heavy travel traffic. The company did a good job of starting us early in expectation of the traffic but it was still more than thought so we were very delayed getting to the mountain. Our guide, James, did the best he could to give us adequate time at each location despite the late arrival. He was knowledgeable and friendly and our tour was still really nice.
It was good. My tourguide Joy did a wonderful job. Our family enjoyed our time at Mount Seorak and Nami. But next time we will take whole day for 1 place only… Both places need a whole day to enjoy. Anyway, thanks Joy.
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My wife and I took this tour in late… jimlum , Jan 2018 My wife and I took this tour in late December. We were met at the meeting point and boarded a large tour bus, which was pretty much totally full, that drove us up to the Soraksan National Park. There was some commentary during the ride. We had one stop during the ride and then went on to the park, and the guides, Jerry and Sera, accompanied the group through the park and provided a lot of commentary during this part of the tour. They were also very open to answering questions. Once at the park, they explained the 3-4 possible hiking trails that were possible during the time, and also about the cable car ride. The cable car ride is optional, and they said that we were very lucky we WERE :! to be able to take the ride that day, as it is often not open due to weather conditions, so we definitely wanted to do the ride and we were really happy that we did. The views from the ride, both during the ride itself, and once you get to the stop, were really amazing. Remember this was in late December… we can just imagine what it would be like in the fall :! Anyway, we had some time at the car stop maybe an hour or hour and a half and then took the cable car back down and walked back to our bus. After everybody got back on the bus Jerry and Sera were really meticulous checking for everyone the bus drove to Nami Island. The island is in the middle of a lake, and so we took a ferry to the island FYI, there is a zipline from the mainland side to the island, and it was actually running that day, but unfortunately, we could not ride it because it was fully booked. I guess the island is mainly known because a lot of the sites on the island were used for a famous K-drama named Winter Sonata. My wife and I are K-drama fans, but at least for me and I think her this part of the tour was not so interesting. Anyway, after gathering the group onto the bus, they drove us back to Seoul and in our case, dropped us off that the DHCP subway station. Also, Jerry took some group pics during the tour and, as promised, he sent them to presumably all of us after the tour. Pros: – Best part for us was the Soraksan part and the cable car ride – Good commentary/guidance from Jerry and Sera, both of whom were very caring of the group IMO. – Seemed pretty well coordinated, but it seemed that we spent extra time waiting for stragglers getting back to the bus, but not much to do about that I guess Cons: – For us, not so interested in the Nami Island part of the tour – Could not get on zipline at Nami Island – No WIFI on the bus Other: – At least in winter and probably fall it can get cold on Soraksan so dress accordingly – Wish there was just a Soraksan-only option – that would make the tour not last like 12 hours :… – We knew that Nami Island was part of the tour up-front so not downgrading review for that part