Day Trip to the Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park is one of the most picturesque mountains in South Korea. Situated in the North-eastern part of the country. It is the most famous part of the Taebaek Mountain Range.  It offers breathtaking sceneries and a wide range of hiking experience to the tourists. This is one of the most stunning places I have been to.

Entrance of the park
At the Entrance of the Park, You’ll see the Asiatic Black Bear statue.


We chose to visit the Ulsanbawi Rock, as it is the most iconic rock to see in the Seoraksan Mountain. It consists of 6 gigantic peaks at the elevation of 873 M.  According to the history, the name “Ulsan” meaning “fence mountain” was derived from the fence like the appearance of the rock.

SINHEUNGSA TEMPLE – Located 10 minutes away from the entrance of the park. The temple is accompanied by a large seated bronze Buddha statue knows as Jwabul.


It is one of hardest hiker’s courses in Seoraksan National Park. The hike is worth it as it offers to spectacular panoramic views of the mountain, including the view of Daecheongbong, the highest peak, Sokcho and the East Sea.

Inside the park, you can see this warning signs that you might see a Black bear on the trail. For safety reasons – just follow the rail.

How to get there:

  1. Take a subway to Gangbyeon Station (Line 2)
  2. Take Exit 3, Cross the road and head to DongSeoul Bus Terminal.
  3. You can purchase the ticket for the Express bus on the 2nd floor of the terminal. Kindly take note of the gate number of the bus. The ticket costs 18,100 KRW. You can also book tickets at their website but i think it is unnecessary as there will be seats available.
  4. Travel time is around 2.5 to 3 hours bus ride.
  5. From Sokcho Bus Terminal, cross the street for bus 7 or 7-1 to Seorak-Dong bus stop.  Ask the bus driver before boarding just to make sure that you are in the right direction. You can use your T-Money here.
  6. The bus ride will be about 30 minutes and the last stop is at gate Seorak-dong
  7. Go to the Gate and purchase the ticket. It cost 3500 KRW. There’s a large board where you can choose the course you want. For us, we choose the Ulsanbawi course. Your adventure now begins:
The trail is not that difficult for hikers. The path is well organized.


POTW Tips:

  • Bring food and water as the foods inside the Park are pricey. We bought our foods at the DongSeoul bus terminal.
  • If you’re taking a day hike. Take a picture of the bus schedule back to Seoul.
  • There’s a beach 10 minutes away from the Bus terminal, you might consider this on your itinerary if your time permits


The peak of Ulsanbawi Rock – such a spectacular view

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