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Sokcho
Travel Guide

Sokcho showing skyline, boating and a bay or harbour

This city and countryside in the northeastern corner of South Korea offer natural beauty and historic significance.

The city of Sokcho lies in a peaceful setting between mountains and ocean, yet it is less than 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the heavily armed border between North and South Korea. These two extremes draw many visitors to the region.

Some come to the area to visit the Unification Observatory in Gosoung, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) away in Tongilanbo Park. In 1945, after World War II, the Korean peninsula was divided into Communist-influenced North and U.S.-controlled South, roughly at the 38th Parallel. The Korean War created a Demilitarized Zone along that border, ensuring near-total separation of North and South Korea, in some cases separating families forever.

Many Koreans hope for an eventual peaceful reunification. Another monument to this desire is the large bronze Buddha, Tongildaebul, near the Sinheungsa Temple inside Seoraksan National Park. The zen spirituality and the park’s tranquil surroundings provide a setting for peaceful meditation.

Others visit Seoraksan to enjoy the beauty and challenges of the outdoor location. Numerous mountain trails, from easy to very difficult, allow hikers and climbers to view mountains, waterfalls, diverse plant and animal life, dense forests, and even the East Sea (Sea of Japan). Autumn is a particularly beautiful time, with pleasant weather and colorful views as the leaves of the hardwood forest change to hues of yellow and red.

Sokcho offers appeal for all seasons. Extreme ice-climbers master the frozen Towangsung Waterfall while others enjoy winter with ice fishing on Lake Youngrang. Sokcho Beach has a summer festival and October brings the Seorak Cultural Festival.

South of Sokcho is Gangneung, a city by the sea with a lovely coastline, beautiful beaches, and sunrise sea views. Visit in the fourth month of the lunar calendar to experience the sights and sounds of the Gangneung Danoje Festival.

Manmade beauty harmonizes with a natural setting at Haslla Art World near Gangneung. Innovative designers have created outdoor art leveraging the natural beauty as well as unique indoor exhibits. The Haslla Art Museum Hotel is itself a work of art. The area also supports a community for artists in residence.

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Where to stay in Sokcho

Del Pino
Del Pino
3.5 out of 5
1153, Misiryeongyet-gil, Toseong-myeon, Goseong, Gangwon
Free cancellation
The price is £53 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
This family-friendly Goseong resort is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Seorak-san National Park and Teddy Bear Farm. Seorak Waterpia is 2.6 mi (4.3 ...
4/5Very Good! (285 reviews)
"뷰가 너무 좋고 전반적으로 숙소도 깨끗하고 침구도 너무 편하고 좋았습니다. 다만, 난방이 너무 약해서 방 자체가 조금 쌀쌀한 느낌이었어요. 특히 저희가 묵은 마지막 날은 영하 15도까지 내려가서 웃풍이 들어와 실내인데도 패딩을 입고 있었네요. 또한 3인 가족이 2일 머무는데 수건이 총 4개 작은 것 밖에 없어 추가 요청했더니 비용을 개당 500원씩 추가하더라구요. 수건은 기본인것 같은데 서비스가 너무 박하다는 생각이 들었습니다."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2020

Del Pino
Ramada Sokcho Hotel
Ramada Sokcho Hotel
3.5 out of 5
106, Daepohanghuimang-gil, Sokcho, Gangwon-do
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £61 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
Situated in Sokcho, this beach hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Daepo Port and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Seorak-san National Park. Oeongchi Beach and Seorak Sunrise ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,805 reviews)
Seaside view is absolutely fabulous!!!!
"Seaside view is absolutely fabulous!!!!"

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2020

Ramada Sokcho Hotel
Lotte Resort Sokcho
Lotte Resort Sokcho
4 out of 5
186 Daepohang-Gil, Sokcho
The price is £155 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
This family-friendly Sokcho hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Daepo Port, Dongmyeong Port and Seorak-san National Park. Sokcho Beach and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,203 reviews)
"Nice hotel and spacious room. Check in was quite slow..."

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Lotte Resort Sokcho
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Gumgangsan Condo
Gumgangsan Condo
3 out of 5
416, Geumgangsan-ro, Hyeonnae-myeon, Goseong, Gangwon
The price is £38 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Situated in Goseong, this condominium resort is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Hwajinpo Aquarium and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Hwajinpo Beach. Goseong Unification Observatory ...
3.7/5Good! (62 reviews)
"Good location at affordable price. Very close to the border to North Korea."

Reviewed on 3 May 2020

Gumgangsan Condo
The Blueterra Hotel
The Blueterra Hotel
3 out of 5
3920, Donghae-daero, Sokcho, Gangwon
The price is £48 per night from 14 Jun to 14 Jun
Situated in Sokcho, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty and Seorak-san National Park. Sokcho Beach is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
"갔더니 서비스로 방을 바꿔주셔서 너무 좋은 뷰가 보이는 곳에서 머물렀습니다! 근처에 편의시설도 있고 터미널과 이마트가 가까운 것이 큰 장점!! 시설도 깨끗하고 좋았어요 :)"

Reviewed on 17 May 2021

The Blueterra Hotel
Yangyang Beach Condo
Yangyang Beach Condo
3 out of 5
159-6, Ilchul-ro, Yangyang-eup, Yangyang, Gangwon
The price is £45 per night from 14 Jun to 14 Jun
Situated on the riverwalk, this condo is within 2 miles (3 km) of Naksan Beach, Uisangdae Pavilion and Naksansa. Osan-ri Prehistory Museum and Seorak Beach are ...
4/5Very Good! (7 reviews)
"식탁이 거실을 차지하고 있어 차라리 좌식 테이블이 있었으면 더 편했을것같음 난방은 잘해주셔서 따뜻했음"

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2021

Yangyang Beach Condo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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