|Participants at least||Remark|
|USD150||2 participants||Tour runs every Mon, Wed, Fri.|
* Advance booking is required at least 3 days in advance
* This tour is SIC(Seat-in-coach) tour (≠Private Tour).
– Hotel pickup & drop off service
– Entrance fee of Mt.Seorak and Naksansa temple, Cable car of Gwongeumsung
– Personal expenses are not included.
Seoraksan National park was designated the 5th national park in Korea in 1970 and chosen as a nature preservation area on November 5, 1965 Also, internationally recognized for its rare species, Seoraksan is the area in Korea to have been designated as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO in 1982, and in IUCN recognized its rich natural resources and labeled it category Ⅱ(National Park).
Over 2,000 animal species live in Seoraksan, including the Korea goral, Musk deer, and Other. There are also more than 1,400 rare plant species, such as the Edelweiss, here as well.
|07:30 ~ 10:30||Hotel(Departure) → Mt. Seorak National Park(Arrival)|
|10:30 ~ 13:00||Mt. Seorak National Park (Gwongeumsung Fortress by Cable Car, Sinheungsa Temple)
|13:00 ~ 13:50||Lunch (Bibimbap)|
|13:50 ~ 14:30||Mt. Seorak National Park → Naksansa Temple|
|14:30 ~ 15:30||Naksansa Temple
|15:30 ~||Heading to Seoul|
|Mt. Seorak National Park|
Do you happen to know what does ‘Seorak’ means? ‘Seol’ means ‘snow’ and ‘Ak’ means ‘big mountain’ because the snow would not melt for a long time keeping the rocks in a permanent state of white. In November 1965, the Seorak Mountain district was designated as a Natural Monument preservation area. Afterwards in December 1973, it was designated as a park preservation area, and in August 1982, as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO.
Gwongeumseong has the best view in Mt. Seoraksan. You can look out onto Oe-Serok (outer Serok) and the East Sea beyond the mountains by cable car. If you want an express sightseeing of Mt. Seoraksan, the cable car is a must! Here’s interesting story about legend of Gwongeumsung Fortress. A long time ago, a war had broken out in the nation. Two men of great strength living the region. Gwon and Gim, led their families to flee from the battle and climbed up Mt. Seoraksan. They tried to build a fort on the mountain peak to keep the enemies from getting to themselves and their families. However, there was no rock nearby. Gwon and Gim thought for a while when Gwon suggested an idea. “I’ll climb down to the brook and throw you up rocks from there, and you can catch them from up here and pile them up. We do that all night, and we’ll build a fort in no times.” Soon dawn led its way into dark and a fort was created on the mountain peak. Thus, the fort was named after the two men, Gwon, and Gim.
Originally, Sinheunsa was the subordinate temple of Geonbongsa. However, in 1995, it was named the main temple of the 3rd district of the Korea Buddhist Jogye order. Currently, there are 20 subordinate temples under Sinheungsa. Geuknkbojeon, Bojeru, Jong-gak (bell pavilion), and Yosachae (Temple Dormitory) are some of the major edifices of Sinheungsa. On the path to Sinheungsa, there is a great bronze statue called Bronze Jwabul Statue, which is well over 10 meters high. Just beyond the statue, which is on a granite terrace, there is a bridge to the right called Hyeonsugyo, which was newly built for crossing the ravine. Past the bridge there is a long stone wall with a Cheongwang door, and you can enter the temple. At the entrance there are four Cheonwang (king) statues (Jiguk Cheonwang with a sword, Damun Cheonwang with a lute, Gwangmok Cheonwang with a tower, and Jeungjang Cheonwang with a dragon), placed on either side.
Naksansa Temple is located 4 km north of Naksan Beach, and boasts a 1,300-year history. It is a temple built by Ui-Sang, the ambassador of the 30th King of Silla Period (57 BC- 935 AD), and inside is the Seven Story Stone Tower, Dongjong, Hongyaemun, together with several other cultural assets. It was named Naksansa Temple by Ui-Sang, at the spot where he learned the prayer Gwansae-eumbosal from Bosal, after he returned from studying abroad in the Chinese Tang Kingdom. It was rebuilt several times afterwards, and the current building was erected in 1953.