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Offering a fascinating contrast between the Buddhist roots of the city, with temples dating back to the 1st century, and the modern world of skyscrapers and conference centers; Sokcho-si is a picturesque yet busy city where you'll find several districts with their own personality. It's close to the border with North Korea which brings many curious westerners to the area, and many refugees have fled to the city over the years bringing their own piece of the culture from the world's most secretive country. The city is nestled within dramatic mountain scenery and has spectacular coastlines which create the perfect place to escape after a long day of sightseeing.

Things to see

Naksansa has a colorful pagoda that looks out over the choppy Sea of Japan, and if you climb to the top of the cliffs you can enjoy a heady mixture of fresh sea and mountain air, as well as the fragrance of the wildflowers that grow amongst the rocks and crags. There are several halls and pavilions built throughout the centuries, with the original site dating back to 671, and you'll enjoy a peaceful atmosphere where people sit and meditate, or drink green tea in the café as they enjoy the view. Sinheungsa Temple is also an important Buddhist site, believed to be the oldest Zen temple in the world, and you'll see a 48 foot statue of Buddha at the heart of the site looking peaceful. You can explore intricately decorated pavilions and pagodas with accents of red and gold, or walk around the grounds with trails along the mountainside and stone bridges over the calm streams.

Hotels in Sokcho-si

The city's close location to the border of North Korea means the area attracts many western tourists who are fascinated by the secretive state, and you'll therefore find accommodation that's aimed at more modern tastes. If you're looking for luxury hotels in Sokcho-si then you'll be able to choose between many high-rise city center places to stay with facilities such as shops and cafés, restaurants, bars, and business centers with computer stations. After a day of sightseeing you can enjoy the comfort of your guestroom which will have plenty of amenities to help you relax such as complimentary toiletries, bathrooms with tubs, showers, and bidets, minibars stocked with free bottled water, and LCD televisions with international channels.

Where to stay

Sokcho-si is undergoing a modernization with many high rise buildings and skyscrapers appearing along the skyline. With exciting projects such as the Expo Tower bringing challenging architecture and business people to the area, the city is certainly booming, although it still manages to enjoy mountain views and sandy coastal areas for leisure time. Many visitors like to get off the beaten track and see how locals live, and areas such as Abai Village are popular with those who want to indulge in a simpler way of life. This area is mostly populated by older immigrants from North Korea, and you can wander the narrow, colorful streets and see small, cozy homes, Korean food shops, and locally owned restaurants serving steaming bowls of noodles and spicy appetizers.

How to get to Sokcho-si

Yangyang International Airport has small planes landing from Shanghai, as well as major South Korean hubs, and once you've picked up your baggage you can wander to the bus stop outside for fast services to Yangyang Bus Terminal. You can then change for express buses to Sokcho-si, with the entire journey taking less than 2 hours and offering a fast, affordable service. An hour away from Sokcho-si by bus is Gangneung which has a train station on the Yeongdong Line which connects the major cities in the North Gyeongsang Province, with trains running along the coast and through breathtaking mountain scenery.

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