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Seoul is connected to the scenic east coast by
the Yeongdong Expressway, which ends at Gangneung. The trip takes
about four hours.
There are several hotels along the coast and the
combination of mountains and beaches makes the eastern area an ideal
Historical sites and colorful everyday scenes are to be
seen in the small coastal towns as well as deep within the forested
mountains of the region. The mountains also have recreational
opportunities at their ski resorts.
the city of Gangneung is the historical building Ojukheon where Yi Yul-gok, the great Confucian scholar of the
Joseon Dynasty, lived with his mother, Sin Saimdang. Sin Saimdang was not
only an ideal daughter, wife, and mother, but also a talented painter,
calligrapher, and poet; as such, she is the
most widely acclaimed woman of the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongpodae, 6km(3.6miles)
north of downtown Gangneung, is a fine sandy beach where you can enjoy
swimming and sea fishing. Many of the restaurants serve freshly caught
fish, prepared according to the diner's special wishes, for lunch or
30mins. from Gangneung by
There are several towns and excellent beaches
north of Gangneung. Naksan
Beach and the fishing port of Sokcho are especially
noteworthy. Naksan Beach is famous for its clear water and fresh local
Sokcho can be reached from Seoul by air in less than an hour
and is the gateway to Mt.
Seoraksan National Park, a magnificent
area with towering granite peaks, lush green valleys, dense forest,
Buddhist temples and hermitages, waterfalls and clear
With its granite
peaks, lush green valleys, and dense forests, Mt. Seoraksan is considered
one of Korea's most beautiful mountains. Located in Mt.
Seoraksan National Park (Tel:
033-636-7700), the mountain is divided into Inner and Outer Seorak by a
long winding ridge, known as Hangyeryeong Pass. The less rugged outer area
stretches east to Seorak-dong Village.
Seorak-dong is a resort village
near the entrance to Mt. Seoraksan National Park. Inns, hotels, campsites,
stores, parking lots, and other public facilities are available. A
1,100m(3,610 ft.)-long cable car connects the park entrance with
Gwongeumseong, an old mountaintop fortress of the Silla Kingdom.
points of interest the outer area are Biseondae Plateau, named after the
legend of an angel ascending to heaven from the plateau, and Osaek Mineral
Springs, which are thought by some to bring relief from digestive
Visitors to the inner area entering from the west via the
town of lnje will first visit Baekdamsa Temple, the other gateway to Mt.
L: Just west of Sokcho
T:30 mins. from Sokcho to Seorak-dong by
Goseong Unification Observatory
is located at the northernmost point on
the east coast. Here visitors can enjoy an excellent view over the
beautiful mountains, rivers and coast of North Korea.
Odaesan National Park (Tel:
033-332-6471), just south of Mt. Seoraksan, is of comparable beauty. It is
the site of Weoljeongsa
Temple, one of the oldest temples of the Silla Dynasty, and
Temple, famous for its bronze bell cast in A.D. 725
T: 1hr.from Gangneung by bus
The well-known Yong
Pyeong(Dragon Valley) Ski Resort
lies in the Daegwallyeong Pass south of Mt. Odaesan, Equipped with
convenient facilities and excellent accomondations, the resort offers
superb skiing, a sport very popular in Korea.
Chiaksan National Park, stretching
north to south, is located about 12 km northeast of Wonju. Mt Chiaksan's
valley with its unusually-shaped rocks and cliffs is truly magnificent.
There are several Buddhist temples inside the park, including Guryongsa
Temple, which was constructed during the Silla Dynasty.
the southern end of the coastal highway is the famous Juwangsan
National Park (Tel: 054-873-0015) This park is favored by those who
want to get away from the more popular-and thus more crowded-areas. The
nearby coastal town of Yeongdeok is noted for its giant crabs and other
L: East of Andong
T: 1hr and 20 mins. from
Andong by bus
Island, lying 268 km
(166miles)northeast of Pohang, rises steeply from the East Sea. The
extinct volcano and two small villages of hardy fisher-folk add to the
island's unique charm and flavor. Though the terrain is steep and rocky,
Ulleungdo is a lush isle in the summer, and its surrounding crystal clear
waters are beautiful.
T: 3hrs. from Pohang(Tel: 02-514-6766 Dae-a Travel Agency); 3hrs from
Mukho by bus