In Sokcho, where the water is clear and the scenery is beautiful, there are many beaches where the whole family can play, such as Sokcho Beach. At Sokcho City Museum, exhibitions related to the history and life of Sokcho are available to view and performances are regularly held, so everyone of all ages can have a fun experience. Create a custom course tailored to your family's interests, such as visiting a spot to see the children’s favourite teddy bears or the site of an adult's favourite drama set. So, shall we go on a trip to Sokcho?



    A different look for each season

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    At the summit of Mt. Seorak, enjoy a panoramic view of the East Sea beyond Sokcho. In spring and summer, walk through the lush forests blooming with buds and take in the sights and sounds of valley streams. The vivid colours of changing leaves in autumn and captivating white snow in winter make Mt. Seorak a fabulous place to visit anytime throughout the year. Cable car rides are also available, so you can enjoy everything it has to offer, including the many nearby tourist spots, even if you're not quite up for a hike.

    Location: 833 Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea


    Seorak Waterpia

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    Seorak Waterpia, a part of Hanwha Resort, is divided into the Spa Building, the Aqua Building, the Adventure Island favoured by children, the Extreme Valley and the Spa Valley. Seorak Waterpia is popular with families because it uses hot spring water and has many fun facilities for children. However, there are plenty of more extreme activities that adults can also enjoy, so it is recommended for couples and friends as well. If you stay at the resort, you can use these facilities more conveniently.

    Location: 111, Misiryeong-ro 2983beon-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 6am to 9pm (hot spring sauna). Daily from 10am to 4pm (all-day pass). Daily from 4pm to 7pm (afternoon pass). Daily from 7pm to 8.30pm (night pass)


    Teddy Bear Farm

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    The Teddy Bear Farm, which consists of a total of 3 pavilions, is a cute space that reproduces various lifestyles through teddy bears. In particular, there are a lot of teddy bears that are bigger than children, so it's great to take pictures with them. Although the outdoor garden is not large, it warms your heart just by looking at it thanks to the teddy bear farm building and animal friends that remind you of something out of a fairy tale. Kids love it, but it's also recommended for couples.

    Location: 16, Haksapyeong 2-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Weekends from 10am to 6pm. Weekdays from10 am to 6pm (Closed on Tuesdays)


    Sokcho Beach

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    Sokcho Beach, the predominant beach in Sokcho, is popular because there are many accommodations nearby, including camping sites and hotels. On the other hand, recently, more and more people have come to visit the Badahyanggi-ro (sea scent road) which runs from Oeongchi Port to Sokcho Beach. The total length of the road is not long, and thanks to that, there are not many people passing by. Enjoy swimming in the sea in summer and the clear view of the East Sea in other seasons.

    Location: Sokcho Beach, Joyang-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 6am to 12am, swimming hours from 9am to 6pm


    National Mountain Museum

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    When you enter the National Mountain Museum, you are met with a powerful sculpture depicting a mountain climber. If you head to the 4th floor, you can see Seoraksan Mountain clearly from the open rooftop. After passing through the exhibition room on the 3rd floor where you can learn about the history of mountain climbing, you can experience rock climbing, which is the highlight of the museum. It is popular because you can borrow all related equipment for free. Younger kids are advised to try practicing on the auto-rotating Trackman.

    Location: 3054, Misiryeong-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Winter season (October to February) from 9am to 4pm (Lunch break from 12pm to 1pm). Summer season (March-September) from 10am to 5pm (Lunch break from 12pm to 1pm). Available every hour (up to 20 people can apply). Reservations are not accepted on closed days (every Monday)


    Sinheungsa Temple

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    The area near Sinheungsa Temple is a biosphere reserve designated by UNESCO, and the lush forest offers an attractive contrast to the wide access road. To enter Sinheungsa Temple, you have to cross Sesimgyo Bridge, which means a bridge to purify the mind. Crossing Sesimgyo Bridge and entering the grounds of Sinheungsa Temple, you can see the Great Buddha of Unification of Sinheungsa Temple, a huge Buddha statue dedicated in prayer for the reunification of the Korean Peninsula. The Naewon Shrine, which was dedicated together, is so elegant and beautiful that you can fully appreciate the charm of Korean Buddhist art.

    Location: Sinheungsa Temple, 1137, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea


    Seoraksan Cable Car

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    Mountains whose name includes 'Ak' are notoriously hard to climb because they are steep, but Seoraksan Mountain has a cable car so you can climb it comfortably. Climbing up in the rocking cable car can be scary at a dizzying height, but when you arrive at your destination, you will be amazed at the beautiful scenery of Seoraksan Mountain and forget all of your nervousness. It is recommended for those who do not like mountain climbing, as they can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Seoraksan Mountain, which is constantly visited by hikers every season.

    Location: 1137, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 8.30am to 5.30pm (subject to change in extreme weather conditions, etc.)


    Happy Owl House

    A museum dedicated to nocturnal bird of prey

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    Happy Owl House is a contemporary museum showcasing everything related to the nocturnal bird. From epic statues that greet you on the front lawn to hundreds of owl exhibits inside, the owner's passion for these rare and sometimes misunderstood creatures shines through.

    You can hear the owner’s personal account of why they decided to open this unique museum, and even try your hand at creating your own owl-inspired artwork. There’s also an impressive number of collectables at Happy Owl House, including plates, magnets, and stickers. The museum is just off the East Coast Highway, just a short drive outside Sokcho.

    Location: Baramkkonmaeul-gil, Nohak-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-638-8475


    Sokcho City Museum

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    The Sokcho City Museum has an indoor exhibition room where exhibitions related to the history and life of Sokcho are held alongside exhibitions about Balhae (an ancient kingdom of Manchuria), as well as interactive spaces, such as the Cultural Village for Displaced People, which reproduces a traditional North Korean house. You can also watch the performance of Sokcho Municipal Pungmul Troupe at 11 am and 2 pm every day except Sundays, so you can enjoy the charm of folk culture. If you are interested in folk culture, be sure to visit the Sokcho City Museum.

    Location: 16, Sinheung 2-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9am to 6pm Closed on Mondays (Closed on January 1)


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