Korea always has been an underrated and different place to visit. But it has been improving its image and attracting a lot of visitors from last few years. Famous for its mountains, temples, amazing food, beautiful locations and kind people, South Korea is a place that will stay with you even when you leave this place. There are a lot of historic places in South Korea like Jeju Island, Dongdaemun Market, Songnisan National Park, Seoraksan National Park, Andong Folk Village and Deokjeok Island. It has some exotic cities like Seoul, Busan Area, Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon, Pohang, Ulsan, Suwon, Geoje and Sokcho. Lets know more about the city of Sokcho and find out why it is one of the most preferred tourist spots in South Korea. Sokcho is a small but beautiful city located in Gangwon-do Province in South Korea and has been an extremely popular tourist destination. You will absolutely fall in love with the Sokcho beach, natural hot springs, spas & pleasure swimming halls, Yeongragho Lake, Sinheungsa Temple, Taffy Vendors, the Gaet Bae Events and a lot of outdoor sports opportunities. It also has one of the longest gardens of the country with lots of Mugunghwa, the national flower of Korea. Sokcho also has a big convention centre where you can attend the daily morning ceremony which starts with saluting the Korean Flag and national anthem of Korea, Aegukga. You will find a great blend of communities in this amazing city from Buddhism and Confucianism to Protestantism and Catholicism.
Sokcho has a typical warm temperate climate with not so warm summers. The temperature varies from -0.6 degrees to 23.7 degrees around the year. August is the hottest month of the year and December is the coolest. There are no dry seasons and rainfall is not very common. However, you can expect only around 200 days of sunshine because of the foggy weather. The precipitation reaches its highest at 273 mm during August and brings rain and thunderstorms with it. The best time to visit Sokcho is from March to July.
How to get here?
Sokcho had its own local airport named Sokcho Airport, which was used for the people who used to come for hiking in Seoraksan but it was closed when Yanyang International Airport was opened nearby. Now it serves the city and receives a number of flights from all major carriers like Frontier, Delta, US Airways, British Airways and more. Other nearest major airport to the city is Wonju Airport, located just 142 km from Sokcho downtown. You can also reach the city by Bus service as there are many highways connecting the city to neighborhood. To get around the city, you can use cabs, taxis, rental cars, shuttles or trams.
Accommodation and Food
Sokcho has enough accommodation options in accordance with its area and you will easily find suitable place for you and your budget. If you would like to stay at a luxurious place then Seorak Kensington Stars Hotel will be the best choice which is located at Seorak Dong in downtown and features facilities like free parking, free internet, free shuttle service, rooms with both air conditioning and heating, cable TV, minibar, Family Karaoke Room, Book Cafe, gift shop, 24 hour front desk, Gayatgo Restaurant, The Queen Restaurant and Abbey Road Sky Launge. Other luxurious choice include Sokcho Esher House Pension, Rocustel, Hotel Sorak Park, Songwol Park, Goodstay Smile Resort and Chowon Resortel. Some cheap but satisfying places include Soolim Motel, Hangang Park Motel, Songwol Park, Goodstay Smile Resort, Marine Guesthouse, Sokcho Esher House Pension, HJ House, Norumok, Seorak Kumho Resort, Chowon Resrotel and Seorak Resortel.
Sokcho is known for great ethnic food and raw fish. You will find almost every international cuisine of your taste here in every price range. There are more than 100 eateries around the city, from restaurants and cafes to steakhouses and street food corners. Some of the best choices are Siloammemil Sokcho featuring mouth watering Memilguksu (a buckwheat noodle soup), Sokcho Jeonbok Haemul Ddukbaegi featuring Korean cuisine and seafood, Sokcho Gezzim featuring good ethnic food, Jeombong Sansanchae featuring traditional Korean food, Gungjung Haejangguk and Gimyeongae Halmeoni Sundubu featuring great continental and contemporary food. Some local small eateries include Beach Hwetjip, Choeokran Halmeoni Sundubu, Gimjeongok Halmeoni Sundubu, Sorak Sketch, Oseong Sikdang, Matsu, Saeshim Chon, Dasin Sikdang, Seopjuk Maeul, Jangsu Myeon Ok and JukStory Sokcho Joyang Store.
Seoraksan National Park
The Seoraksan National Park is a national park located in Gangwan-do near Sokcho and a famous landmark of the city. It has been listed with UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It was designated as a national park in 1970 and listed as a nature preservation area in 1965. The park is very famous among visitors because it has some rare species, the highest mountain in Taebaek mountain range, hiking trails, rock formations, beautiful plants and some amazing temples. You can easily get to the park by all means of transport from any corner of the city.
Seokbong Ceramic Museum
The Seokbong Ceramic Museum is a ceramics museum located at EXPO-ro in Sokcho and features a two storey Building with an exterior of museum. It was opened in 1997 and named after Seokbong Cho Muho who was a well known ceramist of his time. The museum houses lots of ceramic artworks, paintings, sculptures and souvenirs from international and regional artists. There is also an attractive painting of the Baekdu Mountain which is one of largest mountains of Korea.