Visited on 25 Oct 2022 during peak foliage and the autumn scenery is beautiful. Be prepared for the crowds. There was heavy traffic leading to the national park and the taxi driver dropped us off at a junction. We had to walk about 30 minutes to the park entrance.
I participated in kkday’s one day tour, and it’s about 2.5-3 hours away from Seoul. It’s a pity. It’s worth staying here for a little more time.
There are many trails to walk in the national park. It takes 8-9 hours to climb the highest mountain back and forth. If you take part in the trip, you can stay for 3-4 hours at most. The trails are long or short, with steep or gentle slopes. Yes, but most of them are well-planned and complete routes, so you don’t need to worry about getting lost. It is recommended to wear good walking shoes, some of which are still not original. There are various beautiful natural landscapes such as waterfalls, streams, boulders, strange rocks, cliffs, and woods. The maple leaves in autumn should be beautiful.
The restaurants in the park are all Korean restaurants that need to be sat down to eat, so if you want to save time for walking the trails, you can prepare a light lunch by yourself.
For the cable car, if the weather is not good, you don’t have to take it, because the scenery along the way is ordinary but the price is not low, and the distance is very short, it ends in one go, and there are scenic trails to walk after taking the cable car up.
One of the extraordinary place which I’ve ever seen, is definitely Seoraksan. First, I went hiking to the waterfalls and after that I decided to hike to the opposite side. Even though stairs up was horrible, the view on the top was worth it. 😍
A stunning national park. Spectacular mountains, rivers, cable car, Buddhist temple etc. If driving in peak season, I recommend parking at the Kensington hotel for 5000won. Just pay at the front desk. The main parking lot is packed and chaotic. The attendants wanted us to leave our hire car double parked with the keys in so they could shuffle it around, something I wasn’t comfortable with. Hotel = stress free.
The scenery it’s absolutely outstanding
Lovely and easily accessible. The tram ride is a must. Temples abound. The sound of cascading water surrounds you. Very crowded, but that’s ok. I’d love to return for a backcountry excursion, preferably in the fall when the Amur maples are ablaze.
Such a beautiful national park, so many trails for hikers, cable car for family time. So beautiful now in May. So vividly green, such special place.
Beautiful landscape, great hike.
Amazing place WOW