Seoraksan National Park day trip from Seoul – What to Expect
Our Seoul to Seoraksan day trip is a blend of nature, history, and food. We will begin our tour by picking you up at your hotel in Seoul. You will be in the capable hands of our licensed tour guide during the entire journey! We will then head straight to Seoraksan National Park. Once we arrive, we will hop on the Seoraksan Cable Car which guarantees amazing mountain views that you will want to take photos of! At the top we will spend some time at the main viewpoint where you will be able to see as far as the East Sea!
Then, we will pay a visit to the pretty Shinheungsa Temple, and afterward, we will have a lunch break. While lunch is not included in the tour, your guide will stop somewhere you can buy some lunch and give you some time to take a rest. Then, we will discover Daepo Port which is known for its fresh seafood and is an amazing place to shop. The last stop of our Seoraksan National Park tour will be dropping you back off at your hotel in Seoul.
Our Day Trips from Seoul are organized in a seamless way so that we take care of all the transportation and logistics for you. All you need to do is enjoy the experience and each other’s company!
Seoraksan National Park tour – Course Overview
On our Seoraksan National Park day trip from Seoul, you will have the chance to take in the serene mountain beauty, feel the thrill of riding in a cable car high above the ground and retrace history at a beautiful temple. We will have time to shop and take photos to commemorate an unforgettable experience!
Seoraksan National Park – discover a wildlife paradise
Seoraksan National Park is one of the most distinguished mountains in Korea because of its diverse flora and fauna. The highest point of the mountain, Daecheongbong Peak, stands at an impressive 1,708 meters! The scenery here varies a lot; with a range of cliffs, waterfalls, and landmarks like Ulsanbawi Rock formation.
The charm of Seoraksan lies in the fact that it’s suitable to visit during spring, autumn, and winter, so you can choose your favorite time of the year! The park has been declared a protected area by UNESCO and is home to more than 1,562 species of animals! Make sure to have your cameras ready in case you see a deer! The park is known to have Siberian flying squirrels, Korean musk deer, otters, and Korean goral, which makes it the ideal place for nature lovers! In terms of flowers, there are over 1,200 unique types, including the Edelweiss!
If you’re looking to experience stunning views and would also like to hike, have a look at our Bukhansan tour as well!
Seoraksan Cable Car to Gwongeumseong Fortress – enjoy stunning views from above
Our Seoul to Seoraksan day trip continues with a ride in the Seoraksan Cable Car! The cable car arrival platform is named after Gwongeumseong Fortress which used to stand here many years ago, built around 1253 AD to defend the country from a Mongolian invasion. Now, there are only a few remains of the actual fortress but the name still stands. You will ride for about ten minutes before reaching the main observation point.
From there, you will be able to see the most breathtaking views of the East Sea, Seoraksan Mountain, and Sokcho city. If you come in the spring, you will see blooming rosebays, while in the autumn, you will be able to see the colorful foliage. In the winter, the whole mountain is covered in snow which makes it look simply magnificent!
We will then take the stairway up to Bonghwadae from the cable car platform. This will take most people around 10 minutes. At the top you will be able to see some remaining stone walls from the fortress, both the outer and inner beauty of Seorak mountain and some strange looking rock faces. It’s the perfect place to take photos so be sure to have your camera charged and ready!
Shinheungsa Temple – discover the most important Korean Buddhist temple
Once you make your way back down in the cable car, you will explore the Shinheungsa Temple. It is said that this temple is the oldest Seon temple in the whole world! Nowadays, Shinheungsa is the main temple of the Jogye Order. Here, you will experience tranquility and be able to appreciate the beauty of a historical monument that has stood the test of time!
This is an amazing place to take photos because the simple design of the temple stands out against the stunning backdrop of impressive rock formations, and the Buddha statue is the landmark you’d want to show your friends!
Daepo Port – shop the freshest seafood
Daepo Port is the last stop on our Seoraksan National Park tour. This is a place famous for its seafood and vibrant market. You will have the opportunity to look around and buy some delicacies to snack on or bring home and cook a meal for your family. Every stall sells something different and exciting!
Some dishes you will find here are the Ojingeo Sundae or Squid Sundae, which is a local variation of a traditional sort of blood sausage normally lined with cow intestines. You will also see fried shrimp, steamed red crab, crab ramen, lobster, and more! The only hard decision you will have to make here is what to taste first, as the options are endless!
Take the opportunity to relax, enjoy nature, and experience the best of the seafood scene around Seoul with our Seoraksan National Park tour! Ideal for visiting year-round, the park will impress you with its gorgeous and diverse scenery and wildlife! Create lifetime memories with your loved ones with our seamless itinerary!