The journey to Mount Seorak started here and ended here: in the sleepy town of Sokcho, in Korea’s Gyeonggi-do province. It was already close to nightfall after our exhausting trek up Ulsanbawi, so we headed to the nearby HanHwa Resort (한화리조트 – 설악) for the evening.
From the resort you can see the mountaineous region, hills after hills, seemingly with no end. I didn’t spend much time exploring the resort, but apparently there is a water park in the vicinity as well (and within view from my window!)
I was lucky enough to catch this shot on our trip back to Sokcho – a rainbow over Seoraksan. The Gods were smiling down on us for completing our challenging journey the day before!
By taxi, Sokcho and Seorak are about 15 minutes apart. Sokcho is a small fishing town, and an hour’s drive to the DMZ. There are also apparently ferries that leave for Russia and China from here.
Everything feels sleepy and slow in Sokcho, and it’s a stark contrast from what you see in Seoul. It rained before we got there, so the streets were gleaming in the sun.
Near the coast there are convenience stores, a church, a TV station, and plenty of little eateries. I prefer free and easy travelling, but there is a City Tour you can sign up for.