Didn't stay at Sokcho-si long enough to give any proper comments. But do check out their local market for delicacies and Seoraksan for hiking.
At the mouth of Sokcho city just after passing through the Misiryeong Tunnel.There are some tourist attraction which are to good to skip.
Sokcho municipal Museum, Seorak cinerama, Teddy bear farm and Seorak botanical Garden. All a place for rest and natural learning.
It is a very nic e city near Seoraksan national park. The people are very friendly. The officer from the tourist information centre (Ms Choi) at intercity bus terminal is very helpful.
Grilled fish (생선모듬정식) at 88 생선구이 near ferry port (갯배) to Abai village (아바이마을) is very nice.
We can do hiking the Seorak Mountain, eating in many seafood markets, shopping in e-mart. We rented a car by using GPS so we can do many things otherwise we may take a bus or taxi but the taxi drivers are not communication by English.
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Sokcho is very hard to get around, the only public transportation that is cheap is by bus, unless you are willing to spend cash for taxi or hire a car to drive around, you can't get around very much.
There are a number of attractions .....Mt Seorak, lighthouse observatory, fish market, beach, Abai village, spa,
Its a relatively small town with relaxing atmosphere. There are sea and mountain for your choice of relaxation.
Unlimited food (at the port), quite neighborhood, I would go there again.
Sokcho initially comes across as a sleepy fishing town surrounded by mountains. This small city offers excellent sightseeing opportunities from the nearby beaches to the famous Mount Seoraksan.
Getting around is relatively easy as the local buses runs on regular intervals. There are no subways in Sokcho and the best way to view the city is via the buses. The local buses will even take you all the way to the base of Mount Seoraksan for only 1100 Won (1 USD). They do not accept T-Money however. There are many interesting sights to see along the beaches as well. Fishermen bring in fresh seafood right to the pier where we could walk and watch them unload their bounty after which there are also restaurants lining the pier which offers fresh seafood on the menu. The main town in Sokcho also offers cafés and restaurants with a few familiar burger joints like McDonalds. The shopping is not too bad as well, there are quite a few famous brands which set up shop there. Getting around Sokcho is easy if you are willing to rough it out on a bus travelling with locals and eating local delicacies. For someone who does not speak a word of Korean, me and my wife managed to move around in Sokcho easily. There is a tourist information counter at the main bus terminal...it's a must stop for travellers coming in to Sokcho. The officer speaks very good English and are more than willing to answer all your questions about this small town.
it is a beach city and the two attraction for me is mt seorak and abai village. it is good to go for trekking and also seeing the history of Abai Village, fishing village.
Peaceful and nice city. We came to Sokcho city from Seoul by bus. The bus journey took us about 3 hours.
The express terminal bus stop is also centrally located and Sokcho beach is just a 5 mins. walk from the bus terminal on our left side. We spent a good time at the beach despite it was winter with snow on the ground. We enjoyed a good lunch at a restaurant serving red crabs cooked either simply by boiling in water; ramen or rice. The restaurant staff could not speak English but nevertheless, we enjoyed the great moment trying to communicate with each other including using Google translation. From the beach, we could also see the Mt Soraksan as the nice city backdrop.
We travelled from spot to spot mostly by taxi, the transportation fee is quite big. But it is worth visiting the city
Nice and queit city compared to seoul. Seorakan national park is near and must visit one. We visited during fall and i think one of the best session to go there.
Nature at its best with different fall color. Lot of hiking trails for different section of people. I tasted crab there and it is very nice and well cooked.
The City of Sokcho-si has plenty to offer. I only spent one night and next time I will try to spend two or three nights.
The main thing I would say about Sokcho is that it has the best seafood in Korea. The sushi and sashimi here is better than anywhere in Seoul or in Busan.
There are plenty of great seafood restaurants all over the city. Sokcho is also known for a special kind of soondae (Korean blood sausage) that is made with squid and squid ink instead of pig blood. It is very delicious and filling. Sokcho is on the east coast, so there are beaches and water activities for people to do as well. The sunrises are particularly beautiful on the east coast! The beaches are not as nice as other Asian countries or Hawaii, and in the summer they are very busy. But they are still nice and worth the trip.
Beautiful city surrounded by breath taking mountains (Seoraksan National Park) It is amazing how easy is to reach the top of one of the mountains.
There is a cable cart in place at the entrance of the park. Within minutes you are taken to a beautiful view lodge. Safe and comfortable hiking trails are in place. For those individuals that like to dare; you can keep hiking to find the perfect view.
Sokcho-si is a beach resort and has plenty of seafood restaurants. The people were very friendly there.
Quiet city with beaches and mountains. About 2.5 hours from Seoul by bus. Beautiful scenery along the highway
(1)Visit the ABAI MAEUL VILLAGE----a historical place (2)Visit the DAEPO HARBOUR seafood harbour---various kinds of fresh seafood
Loved Sokcho, beautiful port, bridges and lights at night. Great markets with delicious market food. Hiking in Seroksan National Park is wonderful.
Cheoksan Spa is beautiful and relaxing. Daehpo (?) raw fish market is worth going to, delicious.
Further to the amazing So Rock San, Sokcho also has its nice environment and seaside. The local food is so good with fresh seafood.
This quiet town is a good choice for everyone who want to escape from business town.
it is a small city between mountains and sea - best location for some romantice time with people you love
Nice quiet area with a few nice beaches. Not the most exciting place in Korea so if you're looking for excitement, this is not the place for you.
Easy to get to and very relaxing.
a lot good restaurants and eatery places in Sokcho-si. food is not expensive. and it is a quiet city so you will enjoy to rest there.
better to stay inside the town and take transportation to Sorak Mountain.
We have lived in Korea for 2+ years as expats, and enjoyed each trip to Sokcho as a release from the busy city of Seoul.
It has mountains to climb and a beach to relax on~ lovely and a must-see in Korea!
I come to Sokcho for Seoraksan. But the Sokcho-si is also a nice place. The but line are simple: one way toward Seoraksan, the other way toward Sokcho-si.
Bus 7 goes around the town. walk to under the bridge to Abai Maeul (village) where there is the gaetje boat (you must help pull or the old grannies who live there will take it upon themselves to do so).
This was location for drama Autumn in my heart ald also location for the 1N2D variety show (the team's photos are plastered on every shop and restaurant front). For cheapest seafood walk further out to seafront at Daepo port where there are over 100 stalls under canvas tents with live fish in tanks. 50000W can get you a basket of 3 large fishes and a couple of squid- eat the fish raw and sliced, then the bones are cooked in a rich broth. Smaller stalls sell fresh bivalves for bbq.
sokcho is relaxing and beautiful. it takes time to enjoy this place. i recommend visiting seoraksan and eating at daepo port.
korean sauna is also suggested.
We only stayed one night in Sokcho-Si and spent most of our time on or near the beach. Since we visited in the off season, it was not at all crowded.
There are a few well known establishments around, but mostly local businesses.
Sokcho-si is reachable by bus from Dongseoul bus terminal (opposite Gangbyeon subway stn, line 2 / green line) and takes 2 hrs 15 mins.
Bus departs daily from 7 AM to 11 PM from Seoul. There is one stop on the way for toilet break where you could get some souvenir at good price. Sighseeing in Sokcho includes: the beach, observation tower, Rodeo street, etc. Grab your guide at the bus terminal.