Sokcho

Sokcho (속초) is a city in Gangwon, South Korea.

Squid drying at a market in Sokcho

Understand

Sokcho has a population of around 84,000. It's quite a sleepy city and is known as a gateway to Seoraksan National Park, which is a 30 minute bus ride from the central hub. Also, the DMZ is located an hour north by bus, from the central hub. The city has many beaches and areas to view the East Sea, or Sea of Japan.

Get in

By bus

Buses 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 untill 20:00. The ride takes 2 hours and costs ₩13,400. Buses from Gangneung costs ₩6,300.

By train

No trains serve Sokcho.

By ferry

Sokcho also serves as the terminal for ferries from Zarubino near Vladivostok on the Russian east coast.

Get around

By bus

Sokcho 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.

See

Do

Buy

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.

Eat

Drink

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.

Sleep

Connect

There are tourist information kiosks beside both the intercity and express bus terminals.

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