Sokcho

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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

Chestertons Sokcho
Chestertons Sokcho
1024-1 Gyo-dong, Sokcho, Gangwon-do
The price is ¥7,323 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Situated in Sokcho, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sokcho Expo Park, Dongmyeong Port, and Seorak-san National Park. Sokcho Beach and Daepo Port are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (36 reviews)
"다 좋았습니다:) 출입구 로비와 외부를 잇는 곳을 찾는게 어려웠지만 ㅎㅎ"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2022

Chestertons Sokcho
Lotte Resort Sokcho
Lotte Resort Sokcho
4 out of 5
186 Daepohang-Gil, Sokcho
The price is ¥18,004 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
This family-friendly Sokcho hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Daepo Port, Sokcho Beach, and Dongmyeong Port. Seorak-san National Park and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,081 reviews)
"Nice ocean and sunrise view inside the room. Close to the famous walking road."

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2022

Lotte Resort Sokcho
Ramada Sokcho Hotel
Ramada Sokcho Hotel
3.5 out of 5
106, Daepohanghuimang-gil, Sokcho, Gangwon-do
The price is ¥8,348 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Situated in Sokcho, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Daepo Port and Sokcho Beach. Seorak-san National Park and Dongmyeong Port are also within 3 mi ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,951 reviews)
"Location is very good&excellent service!"

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2021

Ramada Sokcho Hotel
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.
Hotel the Blue Terra
Hotel the Blue Terra
2.5 out of 5
3920, Donghae-daero, Sokcho, Gangwon
The price is ¥5,410 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sokcho Beach, Daepo Port, and Dongmyeong Port. Seorak-san National Park and Sokcho Expo Tower ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (27 reviews)
Yes and no...
"The stay was really good, the room is comfy and the view is quite nice. If you are staying here... 1 tip: We couldn't do late check out because they said it was packed so we should've asked it in advance. 2. When we arrived they gave us a distrustful look and called my phone to check if I was the ..."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2021

Hotel the Blue Terra
Chestertons Sokcho
Chestertons Sokcho
1024-1 Gyo-dong, Sokcho, Gangwon-do
The price is ¥7,323 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Situated in Sokcho, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sokcho Expo Park, Dongmyeong Port, and Seorak-san National Park. Sokcho Beach and Daepo Port are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (36 reviews)
"다 좋았습니다:) 출입구 로비와 외부를 잇는 곳을 찾는게 어려웠지만 ㅎㅎ"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2022

Chestertons Sokcho
Hanwha Resort Seorak Sorano
Hanwha Resort Seorak Sorano
3.5 out of 5
111, Misiryeong-Ro, Beon-gil, Sokcho, Gangwon
The price is ¥11,253 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
This family-friendly Sokcho aparthotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Seorak Waterpia and Seorak-san National Park. Seorak Plaza Country Club and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (540 reviews)
Family friendly
"We stayed in a deluxe room, one with a double bed and the other with three twin futons. The room was very clean and since we stayed 6 nights, we could request housekeeping for 2 days during our stay. Due to COVID-19, many of the perks in the resort were closed like the karaoke rooms, billiard and ..."

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Hanwha Resort Seorak Sorano
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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