Jordan and I had a five-day weekend recently, and really wanted to explore another corner of Korea. We live in the southern/central part and haven’t gotten much of a chance to see other parts of the country.
This fixed that problem!
So we hopped on a bus from Changnyeong to Daegu, took a 40-minute subway ride to bus station in the north of the city (BukDaegu) and hopped on another bus. Six hours later, we arrived in Sokcho. Multiple events conspired against us. I had originally hoped the entire trip would take 6 hours, but it took 9. There was terrible traffic, rain, a fight on the bus (and the driver pulled over to yell at people!), and more traffic.
Nevertheless, we were determined to enjoy our time away from CEV.
Our first full day in Sokcho was spent hunting down Korean food we like (and avoiding Korean food we don’t like), eating Baskin’ Robbins ice cream (yes, we live in an extremely rural village), and going to the beach.
Dinner was bibimbap, or not my favorite Korean dish. But it’s quickly made and a Korean favorite:
The next day was probably our favorite way to spend our mini-cation (or at least Jordan’s favorite!). We went hiking in Korea’s most beautiful national park, Mt. Seoraksan.
The mountains are incredible. Korea’s favorite pastime is hiking, so we encountered plenty of casual and very serious hikers. (We fall into the casual category). The park is massive, and the trails are miles and miles long, so the park is set up more how the Appalachian Trail is, with bunkhouses along trails.
We stuck with the two-miles-or-less trails near the entrance of the park. Besides this being Korea’s prettiest park, it may also be the most popular. Buses and cars lined the road, searching for parking spots. Once inside the park, however, people spread out and I had personal space again.
Jordan and I took the cable car up one of the mountain peaks to hike a trail to an old fortress.
Although it was cloudy and muggy, we still caught a few beautiful views. The trip to Sokcho (the town) and the national park wasn’t easy, but I’m glad we did it. I feel like I have a much better appreciation for Korean nature and even Korean people.
And that’s pretty much it! For anyone planning a trip, some prices are below:
- Bus from BukDaegu to Sokcho: 25,600 won per person one-way
- Entrance to park: 2,000 won
- Cable car 10,000 a person
- Hotel: More expensive than it should be. This will be by FAR your greatest expense.
- Beach: free, unless you want an umbrella or shower