Hike Camp and Travel
Seoraksan National Park

How To Get There: We stayed at Sokcho for the first night after a 4:30hr bus ride from Incheon. The next morning, we took a local bus (#7 or #7-1) to Sinheungsa Temple - our trailhead.

Jungcheong Shelter in Seoraksan National Park
Rainy day at Sinheungsa Temple Sinheungsa Temple Fall colours in Seoraksan National Park
(1) The last time we were here, it was raining really hard. We couldn't do anything but see only part of Sinheungsa Temple.
(2) Our second visit may not be as warm as summer but it sure beats the hell out of rain. Our first day was fairly nice. We had full sun the entire day and we were ready to conquer the third highest summit of South Korea.
(3) From the distance, the mountain was starting to get ready for a winter look. Only the colours on the lower elevation were still impressive.
Biseondae Rock Scenic Trail to Yang Falls Scenic Trail to Yang Falls Yang Falls
(1) This is Biseondae Rock, about 45mins from Sinheungsa Temple. Tourist here have a chance to climb the rock. We bypassed this and we took the left fork to Yang Falls.
My camera started acting funny at this point so i missed a lot of photo opportunity here. This trail is very scenic and I was more than pissed that I couldn't take the shots.
Seoraksan's Rocky Ridges Seoraksan High Peaks Jungcheong Shelter
(1) This view (and more) is what my camera missed along the trail.
(2) These are Daechongbong - 1709m/5607' (left) and Jungcheongbong Peaks. Jungcheong Shelter is on the col.
This route to Daechongbong Peak is a 10+km trail from Sinheungsa Temple. It passes a very scenic valley with a bunch of waterfalls and beautiful rock formations. Higher up the mountain, there were already snow and ice patches on the trail. The colours on this side of the mountain were also already gone.
(3) It was after 6:15hrs of hiking when we reached the Jungcheong Shelter. We were here Sunday night so there weren't so many people, and we got a nice corner spot. This shelter takes up to 150 people and is different from what I had before from Deogyusan National Park. The heating system is different and the location is on a nice plateau. Not good for wind though. The sleeping room is on the lower level of the shelter but we could still hear the wind howling through the night. The leg-room may also not work for people over 6' tall. We were short people so we did ok on this trip. We had a good night.
Strong winds on Daechongbong Peak Daechongbong Peak Highest point of Seoraksan National Park
The next morning, we were hoping for a nice sunrise but the mountain was covered by thick fog. The cold wind was also unforgiving on our way to the summit. We could barely stand still.
Cheers to the third highest summit of South Korea.
Fallen leaves covers the forest trail Descending Seoraksan via Osaek Approaching Osaek Gate
Our descent was via the Osaek route (Namosaek). It was a pure forest hike. No views. We reached Osaek gate after 3hrs.
Osaek is also a tourist destination, mainly because of the shorter approach to the summit of Seoraksan (about 4hrs) and the famous Osaek Hotspring. This small town was dead when we arrived. My wife went to the hotspring while waiting for the bus back to Sokcho. The bus only comes every hour. The stop is beside the National Parks Office, about 15mins walk from Osaek trailhead.
Nanna 2017/07/09 11:22:27 EDT Reply
Hey, thank you for sharing your experiences!
I am not an experienced hiker, but in decent physical shape. Do you think I would have any trouble completing this hike? Also, are there signs pointing out the directions or do you have to navigate in other ways?
Thanks for the reply :)

As far as I remember, we did not encounter any difficulties getting to the shelter or to the peak of this mountain. It was just a long hike. Signs I believe were in place as well to guide you.
I'd suggest give yourself enough time, and do not be afraid to turn back if you start feeling uncomfortable. That mountain will still be there the next time you decide to try again :). - Kajtek - 2017/07/10 18:06:35 EDT

jy 2014/11/16 09:35:34 EST Reply
Hi which month were you there? And did you take a direct bus from incheon airport? Thankss!

Hello jy, we were there in April and November.
We did not go there directly from the Incheon Airport as we were already in Incheon during both our visits to Seoraksan. I doubt there's a direct bus from the airport to Seoraksan or even Sokcho. I believe you have to go to Incheon bus station first or Dong Seoul Terminal, to get to Sokcho. Then head to Seoraksan from there. - Kajtek - 2014/11/16 20:56:03 EST

Gin 2014/05/17 12:54:08 EDT Reply
May I know how you reserve a spot in jungcheong shelter? Thanks!

Hi Gin, when we planned this trip, their online reservation system was not responding well so we just called their inquiry line instead at +82-33-672-1708. They were very helpful there despite the language barrier.
Here's their shelter reservation website:
http://ecotour.knps.or.kr/english/reservation/Shelter.aspx - Kajtek - 2014/05/17 14:06:24 EDT

Many thanks for you reply! - Gin - 2014/05/28 23:16:16 EDT

Robert 2013/09/29 07:52:47 EDT Reply
Do you need to bring your own mat and sleeping bag to the shelter?

You could rent a blanket up there for 1,000Won per night. I've seen some renting a couple, one for cover and one to sleep on. - Kajtek - 2013/09/29 20:33:05 EDT

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Updated: January 9, 2014 Author: Kajtek S