Friday, March 8, 2013

Asian Eyes' Korea - Seoraksan National Park

           Day 5, Nov/21/2012, 9.00 am: First itinerary for that day was the Seoraksan National Park, near the city of Sokcho. It was just a half an hour drive from Del Pino Resort. The bus stopped and we disembarked for a short walk to the park entrance. We relieved ourselves at a nearby toilet and then bought some bottles of water at the vendor stall near the entrance. Breakfast fare were also being sold but we were still full from the morning breakfast.
Ulsanbawi, the rock that came to
take part in a beauty contest
         This park is about 400 square km and contain Seoraksan. Seoraksan is the highest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range in the Gangwon province in eastern South Korea. Seoraksan is the 3rd highest mountain in South Korea. The Daechongbong Peak of Seoraksan reaches 1,708 metres. According to Kent, Ulsanbawi comes from the city of Ulsan in south east of Korea. As Kumgangsan was built, Ulsanbawi walked to the north as the representative of the city to take part in Korea's most beautiful mountain competition. Unfortunately Ulsanbawi takk a nap halfway and arrived too late, after the competition had ended. Ulsanbawi was ashamed and slowly trudged back to the south. One evening the rock went to sleep in the Seorak area. Ulsanbawi felt it was so beautiful around there that it decided to stay for good.
          The morning air was cool and crisp as we make our way to Seoraksan National Park. At the entrance we stopped by a Half moon bear sculture. Half moon bear is the national animal of Korea. It is a huge bear and had a distinguished white half moon across it chess, hence the namesake. Here are the pictures I took to and around Seoraksan National Park:
Location: Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea.
First scenery of Seoraksan mountain that greeted us as we disembarked from our bus.
A vendor scooping up glutinous mochi-like breakfast to a customer. We just had our breakfast, so we did not go for them.
Steam satay anyone? It is Terayaki-like, but does not look appetizing to me.
Roasted chestnut and sweet corn for sale. Looks appetizing. I take a mental note to buy them on the way out.
A map showing the entire area or Seoraksan National Park. At 400 square km, it is a big park indeed!
An electronic signboard in Korean letters welcome us to the park. 
Finally we arrived at the entrance to the park. It is a long walk from the parking area.
Second map to ensure we are not lost!
Big M and Little M became beavers at the park while Mummy M clicking away happily.

You took my picture while I take your picture taking my picture. Confusing!
Half Moon Bear - Korea's national animal symbol, guarding the entrance to the park. It has a while half moon crest across its chest.

After Kent paid for our entrance fee, he ushered us on.

A 3D map view of the mountains in Seoraksan national park

We continue on walking to Seoraksan cable car station
Colorful autumn on trees' leaves lined the road in the park.

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