One of my favorite places to go outside of Seoul in Korea is Seoraksan National Park, near Sokcho city. If you're living in Korea, Seoraksan is a must-see for sure. We got there by taking a bus from Express Bus Terminal to Sokcho bus terminal (usually about 2.5-3 hours, but unfortunately for us since we traveled on a 3 day weekend, it took 5!), then taking a local bus or a taxi to the base of Seoraksan National Park. On a previous trip to Seoraksan, we hiked to the top of towering Daecheongbong peak, but this time, we opted for the shorter Ulsanbawi hike. It took us about 1 hour and 50 minutes to get to the top, and another 1.5 hours down. A normal time estimate is about 3.5-5 hours I believe, depending on how fast you hike. While there were certainly a lot of stairs and the hike did get challenging cardio wise at times, it wasn't that bad. There's so many hikes to do at Seoraksan and it's so nice to just get away from the city and out into nature. Even if you're not a big hiker I encourage you to come here to at least walk around. You can take a cable car up the mountain for 8,000 won also to get some beautiful views. Just be careful on going on 3 day weekends! I recommend going on just a regular weekend, maybe on a Friday night, hiking Saturday, and coming back on a Sunday. However, it is very possible to go to Seoraksan just for the day if you leave early enough and do a shorter hike. Either way, get out there and explore Korea! You won't regret it ;)
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