5 Tips for a Weekend in Sokcho
Sokcho is a coastal town located in north east Korea in the Gangwon-do province. Bordering Seorak Mountain and the sea make this a popular destination for tourists. Only a 2.5 hour bus ride from Seoul makes this a great weekend getaway for us. We spent Scott’s Birthday weekend here and did the following activities.
Sokcho Beach does not officially open to the public until July 1st of every year where thousands of tourists crowd the white sand beach on the East Sea. We only spent a short time here because we had a bus to catch. We brought some chicken and beer and decided this was the perfect place to enjoy our dinner.
We are looking forward to coming back when the beach is open to the public for a crowded, relaxing day at the beach.
Sokcho’s Cheongchoho Lake
This lake is centered in the middle of Sokcho connecting to the East Sea. There is not much to do around the lake other than walk around the path and enjoy the view. Around the lake you will see the buildings and tower from the 1999 Gangwon Tourism Expo.
We came around sunset with a cup of coffee. This really is the best time to enjoy the view of the lake and the small city. We also were lucky enough to get a free show of fish jumping around the lake.
Sokcho’s Teddy Bear Farm
The name really says it all and honestly we couldn’t not go. This place looks like it is run out of someone’s home and they had a few add ons to the house to host the teddy bears.
There are three galleries including an outdoor garden with rabbit statues and a live rabbit pen. You can stroll around the indoors with giant teddy bears or simply view all the scenes of Korean lifestyle portrayed by teddy bears.
This is a very chintzy, kitschy place that should not be on your list of things to do. We only recommend visiting if you have some extra time in Sokcho and have either a good sense of humor or a love for teddy bears.
You should definitely see these hilariously awesome photos of Sokcho’s Teddy Bear Farm.
Sokcho’s Daepo Port Fish Market
This is the main fish market in Sokcho and feels pretty much like an outdoor aquarium. You can select the live fish you want to eat from one of the many vendors and they will prepare right in front of you for the freshest of seafood.
Check out how we saved $135 at the Daepo Port Fish Village here.
Seoraksan National Park in Sokcho
Sokcho is only situated a few miles away from the main entrance where you can hike, have lunch, or ride a cable car to the top of a peak. This park has to be one of the most beautiful places we have been and plan on going back.
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Accommodations in Sokcho
Finding a place to stay here should be a piece of cake. We stayed at the Rocustel Motel, a flamboyant pink and green building can be seen from all around Sokcho. There are many motels, jimjilbangs, and resorts around. We were even offered a condo by a Korean woman for $30 a night when we were at the beach.
Unless you are visiting during peak season, a reservation is not necessary.
Overall, Sokcho is a nice weekend getaway from the city life. We like the fact that it is by the sea and Seorak Mountain is right there. We had a great time and plan on going back to see if we can find dinosaurs on Dinosaur Ridge.
Have you been to Sokcho or surrounding areas? Share your favorite things about Sokcho below.
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