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Gwongeumseong Fortress (설악산 권금성)

Gwongeumseong Fortress (설악산 권금성)

5.6 Km    66993     2020-03-27

1091, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-636-7700

Gwongeumseong Fortress is the site of a castle ruins located on Seoraksan Mountain, and it is also known as Onggeumsan Mountain Castle, or Toto Castle. It is located on the steep Dolsan Mountain of Seoraksan Sogongwon area. It is believed to have been built by the 23rd King of the Goryeo Period (918-1392), Gojong (r. 1213-1259). It is also called Gwon-Kim Castle, as there is a legend that two generals named Gwon and Kim, built the castle to avoid war.
At the left side of Sogongwon, past the Biryonggyo Bridge over the ravine, there is a path which leads to Gwongeumseong Castle, but it takes over an hour of travel through a steep, rocky path (2.5km), so cable car is used. The cable car was installed by Dr. Gi-Sup Lee in 1971 and is still used by many tourists. It runs from 07:00 to 18:00 or 18:30 p.m., departing every 7 minutes, and you can only purchase round-trip tickets at the ticket counter for that day.

Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory (속초등대전망대)

Sokcho Lighthouse Observatory (속초등대전망대)

5.6 Km    21779     2018-10-24

8-28, Yeonggeumjeong-ro 5-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do

The Sockcho Lighthouse Observatory provides fantastic views of the nearby Seoraksan Mountain, East Sea and Sokcho area. The most breathtaking views are the ocean vistas. The white lighthouse has a romantic atmosphere to it. Inside the lighthouse, binoculars are available to view distant points of interest. This area is also famous for its sunrises.

Seoraksan Sinheungsa Temple (신흥사(설악산))

Seoraksan Sinheungsa Temple (신흥사(설악산))

5.6 Km    74052     2020-05-12

1137, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-636-7044

Sinheungsa Temple was first founded under the name Hyangseongsa by Monk Jajang in the 6th year of Queen Jindeok during the Silla dynasty (652). The temple had been damaged several times before it moved to its current site, instructed by monks Yeongseo, Yeonok, and Hyewon who all had envisioned the location in their dreams. The temple was said to have been blessed by god and was renamed Sinheungsa Temple. The temple houses several treasures, including the temple’s 1400-year-temple bell, a bronze steamer bestowed by King Sunjo, and the three-stone pagoda designated as Treasure No. 443 among others.

Sokcho Beach (속초해변)

Sokcho Beach (속초해변)

5.7 Km    145498     2021-01-07

190, Haeoreum-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-639-2027

Sokcho Beach, first opened as a beach attraction on July 1, 1976, is a short 500 meter walk from Sokcho Express Bus Terminal. The white sandy beach stretches for over 2 kilometers, with 1 kilometer being open to the public. Many people visit the beach for its quality sand and clean water as well as a park, flower road, and walking trails. Being the only beach in the city, it is thoroughly managed to maintain clean water quality and keep things in order. Due to its location near the bus terminal and fresh hoe restaurants, Sokcho Beach is popular among both domestic and international travelers all year round.

Sokcho Sunrise Festival (속초 해맞이)

Sokcho Sunrise Festival (속초 해맞이)

6.0 Km    5031     2020-03-25

186-2, Haeoreum-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-33-635-8827, +82-33-639-2545

Sokcho holds the Sokcho Sunrise Festival in the area around Sokcho Beach on the first day of the New Year. This year, the festival aims to provide a venue for the union of the locals and tourists, to deliver messages of hope and pride to citizens, and enhance the image of Sokcho as a tourist city full of positive energy to tourists. The festival offers many attractions and entertainment for visitors.

Daepohang Port (대포항)

Daepohang Port (대포항)

6.7 Km    38699     2021-02-26

64, Daepohang-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-633-3171

Located on the southernmost point of Sokcho, Daephohang Port is known as a place to find quality fish with the rise of Seoraksan Mountain as a popular tourist destination. However, the port was a well-known port even before Sokcho existed. On a map of Korea that was published right after the Korean War, Daepohang Port can be found with other notable ports while the city of Sokcho is not indicated. With the opening of Sokcho and Sokcho Port in 1942, Daepohang Port became a secluded port visited by few fishing boats.

Ulsanbawi Rock (설악산 울산바위)

Ulsanbawi Rock (설악산 울산바위)

6.7 Km    50788     2020-05-18

1091, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-801-0900

Ulsanbawi is composed of six granite peaks, each bearing a x_width of 4km. You can see the spectacular scenery of Seorak Mountain, the East Sea, Dalma Peak, and Haksapyeong Reservoir from the top. There are three varying theories as to what the name Ulsanbawi implies: that it looks like a fence, that its name was derived from Ulsan in Gyeongsangnam-do, and that the Korean term of “crying mountain” was translated into Chinese characters.

Because of the way the whole mountain reverberates the sound of thunder in rain, it is also referred to as Cheonhusan Mountain. It roughly takes three to four hours to hike up from Sogongwon to the summit of Ulsanbawi Rock.

Ilchulbong Hoetjip (일출봉횟집)

Ilchulbong Hoetjip (일출봉횟집)

6.9 Km    8542     2021-02-17

105, Daepohanghuimang-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-635-2222

Opened more than 20 years ago, Ilchulbong Hoetjip offers a beautiful view of the East Sea with delicious fresh hoe (sliced raw fish). Using top-of-the-line seasonal ingredients, the hearty meals will fulfill anyone's taste. With roundtrip pick-up service and menus in different languages, everyone can enjoy a meal with a view.

Hotel Maremons (호텔 마레몬스)

Hotel Maremons (호텔 마레몬스)

7.0 Km    11145     2017-10-19

3705, Donghae-daero, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-630-7000

Hotel Maremons is located in the tourist city Sokcho, a city of a thousand historical and cultural heritages. Each of the hotel’s 148 guestrooms offers a panoramic view of Seoraksan Mountain and the East Sea. Daepo Port and Haemaji Park are situated nearby and on clear days guests can watch a beautiful sunrise from the comfort of their rooms. Hotel Maremons offers a variety of rooms and facilities for those hosting seminars and party events. The hotel amenities make a stay here convenient and comfortable.

BENIKEA Hotel Mountain & Ocean Daepohang (베니키아 호텔 산과 바다 대포항)

BENIKEA Hotel Mountain & Ocean Daepohang (베니키아 호텔 산과 바다 대포항)

7.2 Km    4371     2020-05-07

3691, Donghae-daero, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-635-6644

Located in Sokcho, Gangwon-do, the Benikea Hotel Mountain & Ocean Daepohang guest rooms are famous for their views facing the deep blue East Sea. In addition, another must-visit attraction in Sokcho, Seoraksan Mountain, is not too far away which makes this hotel a convenient destination to stop and relax before or after mountain climbing.

Sokch Seorak Sunrise Park (속초 설악해맞이공원)

Sokch Seorak Sunrise Park (속초 설악해맞이공원)

7.4 Km    19068     2020-01-29

3664, Donghae-daero, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-639-2196

Referred to ‘namulchi,’ Sokcho Seorak Sunrise Park is located in the area of National Highway 7, the main point toward Daepohang Port, Yangyang, and Seoraksan Mountain. The park is perfect for enjoying a sunrise trip. The park area includes Sunrise Plaza, Lover’s Road, Happy Road, Love Road, other various themed sculptures, symbolic sculptures of Seoraksan Mountain, and light fountains, making it a great place to take a walk.

Yeonggeumjeong (영금정)

5.7 Km    7519     2020-05-20

35, Dongmyeonghang-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
+82-33-639-2689

Yeonggeumjeong refers to the area covering the shore by the Sokcho Lighthouse in Sokcho-si City. The name Yeonggeumjeong comes from a notion that the sound of waves hitting the rocks is comparable to the melody of geomungo (traditional stringed instrument with 6 strings). At the end of the 50m-long bridge built over a rocky peninsula is a pavilion offering a view of the East Sea.