Ready for some memorable South Korean natural splendor? Near the northeastern city of Sokcho lies the country's most popular and, arguably, most beautiful national park. Seoraksan is situated within the Taebaek mountain range and constitutes one South Korea's few UNESCO natural conservation sites, complete with beautiful waterfalls, scenic nature hikes, rugged mountain trails, historic temples and its telltale jagged, rocky peaks.
Daecheongbong, the highest, reaches a height of 1,708 meters (5,603 ft) and is one of the most popular hikes within the park, requiring a reservation in order to utilize the trail facilities (it's a 12 hr hike, so you'll probably want to pack the tent). If you don't feel like calling ahead, the Hangyeryeong Pass and Suryeom-dong Trails are hardly second-place finishers: the first a 19.5 km hike between inner and outer Seoraksan, the second a rugged 10.5 km trek past the 550+ yr old Baekamsa Temple. Due to its immense popularity during weekends, weekday visits are highly recommended whenever possible, so take a look at the park's website and start readying the itinerary ahead of time.
Location:Taebaek Mountains, South Korea