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Seorak Mountain

Seorak Mountain

100 Noted Mountains in Korea

Seorak Mountain
Location Yangyang-gun, Sokcho-si, and Inje-gun, Gangwon-do
Height of the Mountain 1708m
  • Seorak Mountain
    Seorak Mountain

    Seorak Mountain

  • Seorak Mountain
    Seorak Mountain

    Seorak Mountain

  • Seorak Mountain
    Seorak Mountain

    Seorak Mountain

Overview

Seoraksan (Mt.) is known as a mountain that once a person is embraced into its bosom, the person cannot stop loving it forever. So this mountain is often compared to a 'rare beauty'. The scenery proves this comment. High peaks are penetrating through the clouds, or clear waters flowing down the rocks and forming a cascade. Although Geumgangsan (Mt.) may be beautiful, it is not majestic. Although Jirisan (Mt.) may be majestic, it is not very beautiful. But Seoraksan is said to hold both beauty and majesty. Seoraksan national park was designated as the 171th natural monument, as 'nature protection area' in November, 1965 and as the fifth national park in 1970. Also, as a habitat of world's rare life, the Seoraksan area was designated as the only life protecting area in Korea by UNESCO in 1982.
The park area is divided as Naeseorak of Inje-gun side, Oeseorak of outside facing the East Sea, Namseorak of the Osaek (five colors) area in Yangyang, centering the highest peak Daecheongbong (Peak, 1,708m) at the center. Naeseorak area is represented by sceneries such as Baekdamgyegok (Valley), Suryeomdonggyegok (Valley), Gayadonggyegok (Valley), Yongajangseong, Baegundonggyegok (Valley), Guittaegigol (Valley), Sibiseonnyeogyegok (Valley) and Daeseungpokpo (Water fall), Ongnyeotang (Pond) around Jangsudae (Pedestal) area. Oeseorak area has Cheonbuldonggyegok (Valley), Ulsanbawi (Rock), Towangseongpokpo (Water fall), Biseondae (Valley), Geumganggol (Valley), Guimyeonam (Rock), Oryeonpokpo (Valley). Namseorak area is famous for its Osaek (5 color) mineral spring and hot spring, and Yongsopokpo (Water fall), Sibipokpo (Water fall), Yeosinpokpo (Water fall) are also famous around Jujeongol (Valley). Seoraksan has a tour expedition trail which can be looked around in a short time, but you can also make a full-scale visit aiming for Daecheongbong (Peak). Besides, Seoraksan has many steep peaks and hills and icy water falls and a large quantity of snowfalls form during the winter. So they create an optimum place to climb, luring many mountaineers of various clubs from all around the country to train themselves.
Also, Seoraksan national park is adjacent to the blue East Sea, providing famous beaches, ski resorts, hot springs and scenic spots. Also, lodging facilities are well provided. Luring 3 million tourists annually, it has become the Korea's greatest comprehensive tourist site.

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