It is enough to enjoy the beauty of nature in Sokcho, where you can take in the mountains and the sea at once. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Sokcho at the Seoraksan Botanical Garden, Yeongnangho Lake, and Daepo Port. At Cheoksan Footbath Park, you can try out a hot spring, known for its effectiveness since the Joseon Dynasty, without paying a penny. If you are a book and music lover, visit Seorak Walk. Just reading a book while admiring the beautiful scenery will make you happy.

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    Sokcho Beach

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    An area icon, Sokcho Beach is famous for clean sand and clear water. Well-equipped facilities and wooden decks on the white-sand beach offer a great setting for an ocean-side stroll. Jodo Island in front of Sokcho Beach creates a stunning view, and the many restaurants serve sumptuous fresh fish to tourists. The nearby jagged peaks of Seoraksan Mountain and the rhythmic surf of Sokcho Beach create a special memory. Nearby attractions also include Abai Village.

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    Daepo Port

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    Daepo Port, with its impressive orange sunset-coloured lighthouse, is crowded with fishing boats returning home at dawn. Thanks to this, sushi bars and restaurants where you can eat delicious fresh fish and seafood have developed around this area. A coastal promenade was built around the lighthouse of Daepo Port, and as it is not far from downtown Sokcho, many people come to visit it. After tasting fresh sashimi while admiring the scenery of Daepo Port, you can spend a wonderful evening walking along the coastal promenade.

    Location: Daepo Port, 6-13 Daepohang 1-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

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    Yeongnangho Lake

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    Yeongnangho Lake, a lake as wide as the sea, calms your mind with it’s glassy, still surface. Especially on a clear day, you can see the picturesque scenery as the surroundings are reflected on the water's mirror-like surface, free of waves. As the sky turns red and the sun goes down, dots of light appear to be scattered around the lake and along the road, making it a beautiful place to take a walk. Although it is not flashy, the warm scenery will give you a night-time view that will be remembered for a long time.

    Location: Yeongnang-dong, Jangsa-dong, Geumho-dong and Dongmyeong-dong, north of Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

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    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)

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    Biryong Waterfall

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    Biryong Waterfall in Towanggol tumbles down 16 meters to add soothing sound to the beautiful mountain panorama. There's a legend that a maiden was offered to a dragon living in the waterfall and sent to the sky to avoid a severe drought. The path to Biryong Waterfall is a relatively easy trail that starts from Seorak-dong Small Park and goes through Yukdam Falls. Hikers will find many valleys and small waterfalls along the way.

    Going a bit further from Biryong Waterfall is Towangseong Falls Observation Deck, which offers a spectacular view of Towangseong Falls. The round trip to Biryong Waterfall takes about 3 hours.

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    Cheoksan Footbath Park

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    At the Cheoksan Footbath Park, admission and parking are all free, but if you do not bring a towel, you can rent it for a fee. The walking footbath is entirely composed of acupressure walkways to help blood circulation. The round hot spring is not large, but it is good to sit in a circle and chat. If you are hungry, try eggs boiled in the hot spring water or noodles sold at the park stall. You're certain to make plenty of great memories.

    Location: 277, Gwangwang-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9am to 6pm

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    Sokcho Beach Nature Museum

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    If you come to Sokcho Beach, you should visit the Sokcho Beach Nature Museum, which is small but has no admission fee. On the second floor, raw stones and fossils of various rocks found in the sea are on display, and on the third floor, models of animals and fish are on display. In addition to animals, rare conches and shellfish are also on display, which is especially interesting for young children. Exhibits faithful to the theme will provide you with plenty of fun.

    Location: 186-1, Haeoreum-ro, Sokcho, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 10am to 7pm

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    Seoraksan Mountain and Book

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    Seoraksan Mountain and Book, known as the Seorak Cultural Center, is free to use, except for the cafe and restaurant, where you can quietly enjoy books and music in a place with a good view. Book lovers will fall in love with this library, which is filled with sunlight through its large windows. In the basement, there is a space where you can practice musical instruments freely and a seminar room, and on the 2nd floor there is Café Sori, a cafe famous for its good view. This space, enabling everyone to freely enjoy culture in nature, is the pride of Sokcho that anyone would envy.

    Location: 439, Gwangwang-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Mountain & Books: daily from 10am to 8pm. Café Sori: Weekdays from 10am to 10pm. Weekends from 9am to 10pm. Tuesday class: daily from 10am to 9pm. Music Sound: daily from 10am to 8pm

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    Seoraksan Native Botanical Garden

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    The Seoraksan Native Botanical Garden is a space created to preserve the native plants of the Seoraksan area and to experience nature. Only Korean wild grass grows, and even though it looks simple, it reveals its charms with every step. If you look at the guide map, it may not seem that big, but unexpectedly it is a place where you can walk for a long time.

    Location: 164, Baramkkonmaeul-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9am to 6pm

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    Yeonggeumjeong Pavilion

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    Yeonggeumjeong is a pavilion located in Dongmyeong-dong. The name originally refers to the rocky area on the seashore, but it's now also used to indicate the pavilion built on the rock. In the area where the pavilion stands, there used to be a high rocky mountain. Locals thought the sound of the wind hitting the pavilion-shaped mountain was like that of the string of a sacred musical instrument, so they named the site Yeonggeumjeong. Stand at the pavilion on the rocks and be mesmerized by the sights, sounds, and smells, as well as the fresh ocean breeze.

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