SokchoSokcho (속초) is a city in Gangwon, South Korea.
An unlikely draw of Sokcho is Pokémon Go! Due to a restriction on Google Maps using location data for national security reasons Pokémon Go is not actually playable in South Korea. However Sokcho has an exception to this regulation, and young people are traveling to the town from all over country to play the game.
By busBuses leave from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (Gangbyeon Station Line 2) to Sokcho every 30 minutes.
From Chuncheon, they are 17 buses per day leaving from 06:15 until 20:00. The ride takes 2 hours and costs ₩13,400.
Buses from Gangneung costs ₩6,300.
By trainNo trains serve Sokcho.
By ferrySokcho also serves as the terminal for ferries from Zarubino near Vladivostok on the Russia east coast.
By busSokcho is a sprawling city. The buses are infrequent for a Korean city. The two bus terminals (intercity and express) are at some distance from one another. City buses leave regularly for Seoraksan National Park. The bus leaves irregularly for Osaek (south Seoraksan) from the intercity bus terminal.
- Sokcho Expo Tower. You can get to the 15th floor and have an amazing view of the city. Entrance fee is ₩2500.
- Sokcho Tourist & Fishery Market. A big sea food market worth visting.
Abai VillageA small village of North Korean expats. Located just off the main street, a hand drawn (called Gaetbae and only ₩200) ferry will take you across the river to this charming village. You can even pull the boat across as a kind of "exercise." There isn't much to see in the village itself, but it served as scenery for the TV drama "Autumn in My Heart" and serves excellent Abai Sundae, a local speciality and probably the best sundae (not the eponymous dessert) in Korea. Instead of pork casings and blood, this variety uses squid for both the casing and filing. Rice, squid, seasonings and vegetables are cooked and then stuffed inside the cavity of the squid, which is then cooked whole. Then the squid 'sausage' is sliced. It's different in size and has a unique flavor from other sundae in Korea.
East SeaSee the East Sea / Sea of Japan The beaches are not the most beautiful in the world but at night you might get to see a lot of Korean groups burning fireworks at the beach. There are numerous pagodas and observation areas for sunsets with fishing ships in the foreground. Also, the Lighthouse Observatory offers a better-than-average view of the East Sea.
- Visit the Seoraksan National Park
Sokcho BeachOnly "open" from approximately July 10 - August 20, but still worth a visit when the beach is "closed", but you can still get on the beach.
BikingTake a bike ride around Yeongnangho Lake The lake funnels into the East Sea and takes about an hour on bike to get fully around the lake. Some stops along the way include Bombawi, a rock shaped like a crouched tiger which offers views of downtown, pagodas and temples.
phone: +82 33-630-5800address: 88, Misiryeong-ro 2983 beon-gil, Sokcho-si - 강원도 속초시 미시령로2983번길 88 (장사동)Korea's largest hot springs theme park with huge hot springs facilities such as modern facilities using natural spring water that comes out of the ground at 49°C, outdoor leisure spa facilities, pulp wood baths and warm water baths at 8 degrees. Visitors can enjoy various types of spas against the background of the ulsan stones that stand out like folding screens - the landmark of Gangwon-do.
If you're lost without an essential and are having trouble finding it try the E-mart near the express bus terminal. Also, fans of dried squid can find a whole package of squid for only ₩10,000, which is the same price, if not less, that most restaurants sell one squid for.
- Sokcho is known for raw fish. It can be quite expensive in restaurants (₩70,000 for two).
- Sundubu (soft tofu) can be found in the streets of the tofu towns such as Sinheung Sundubu and Haksapyeong Sundubu. Made from pure Mt. Seoraksan water and seawater, it's chemincal free, nutritious, tasty and only ₩5,000 in some areas.
- Sokcho offers a unique twist to sundae (again, not the eponymous dessert) by using squid instead of pork intestines. The squid sundae consists of squid stir-fry, made with noodles and blood sausage, with carrots, onions, seaweed and spices mixed together, covered in egg yolk and fried. It runs about ₩10,000 per dish.
Wangshiprigoihanmadangphone: +82 33-636-7849address: Rodeo StFor thirteen thousand won (twelve if you buy a drink) you can eat an unlimited amount of meat, octopus, fish, and mandu. All of the standard types of pork are available, and they even have chicken marinated in some yellow stuff. Many foreigners staying at the House Hostel go there because the proprietor duly recommends it to everyone. There are also stray cats that lurk around which are fun to feed the fish to as long as you don't get caught doing it. Because many places do not serve alcohol and ice cream together, it is important to make an elusive makeoli-ice cream float if you patronize this fine establishment.
Mansuk Sweet and Sour Chickenphone: +82 33-632-4084address: 4 -, 471, Jungang-dongAs the name gives away, this chain restaurant is popular for its chicken dishes.
Sokcho is not filled with the plethora of hofs (restaurants with a drinking atmosphere), but almost all restaurants serve beer and soju (sweet potato wine, 20% proof) for ₩3,000 per liter of beer, 500 mL of soju. Hofs do exist, but are scattered, and mostly empty.
phone: +82 33-633-3477 or +82 17-713-0550address: 452-5 Dongmyeong-dongA three minute walk from Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal and City Hall. Cheap accommodation in the central hub of Sokcho. Facilities include free internet access, free laundry, free bike rentals, guest kitchen and common room. Also, comes with an excellent staff fluent in English and serves you with a smile. Booking in advance is recommended since the place is popular with tourists.
phone: +82 10 5365-4591address: 466-35 Dongmyeong-dong
Beach CampingThere is camping right by the beach in a designated area for only ₩6,000 per night. Look for the "Dome Pensions" the camping area is next to it.
Hotel Seorak Parkphone: +82 33-636-7711Deluxe, 121 rooms
The Kensington Star Hotelphone: +82 33-636-7131Deluxe 108 rooms
Donghae Condophone: +82 635-9631140 rooms
Sajo Resortphone: +82 33-631-9631219 rooms
Kumho Resortphone: +82 33-636-6000247 rooms
Sorak Pine Resortphone: +82 33-635-5800141 rooms
Welcome Condophone: +82 33-631-8711129 rooms
Korescophone: +82 33-635-8040153 rooms
Hanwha Resortphone: +82 33-635-77111,534 rooms
Yunho Condominiumphone: +82 33-631-5000119 rooms
Youngrangho Resortphone: +82 33-633-0001261 rooms
- DMZ About an hours bus ride north is the De-Militarized Zone between North and South Korea.
- Seoraksan National Park is about a 30 minute bus ride and serviced by the 3 and 3-1 buses (as of August 2009)
- Gangneung Another Kangwon-do's huge city. There are many tourism spots in Gangneung like Daegwallyeong and Coffe street.