Mount Sorak, also spelled Mount Seorak, is a mountain located in the northeastern region of South Korea, near the city of Sokcho. It is a part of the Taebaek mountain range and is the third highest mountain in South Korea, with a peak at 1,708 meters (5,603 feet) above sea level. Mount Sorak is known for its stunning natural beauty, with diverse vegetation and unique rock formations. It is a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, offering numerous trails of varying difficulties. The mountain is especially famous for its autumn foliage, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

In Mount Sorak you will find Bear Statue. Is a massive bronze sculpture, standing around 4 meters tall, and weighing around 20 tons. The statue is located at the entrance of the Sorak Cable Car, which takes visitors up to the top of Mount Sorak. The bear statue is significant for Koreans as it represents the legendary bear, Dokkebi, which is said to have protected the mountain from harm. According to folklore, the bear was known for its strength, courage, and loyalty, and it is believed to have saved many people from danger.

The author took a photo in front of the bear statue with a group of tourists from Indonesia

Mount Sorak is a national park and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is home to numerous endangered species like the Siberian musk deer, Amur leopard, and Korean goral. There are also several Buddhist temples and hermitages located in the mountain range. The mountain’s peaks are covered in snow in the winter, while its valleys are filled with bright flowers in the summer.

The mountain offers a wide range of activities for tourists, including hiking, trekking, rock climbing, and skiing. There are various trails and paths for beginners as well as for experienced hikers. One of the most popular hiking trails is the Biryong Falls trail, which leads to a scenic waterfall.

The mountain's peaks are covered in snow in the winter

During this season, the temperature drops drastically, and the mountain is covered with a thick layer of snow. The snowfall enhances the scenic beauty of the mountain, making it the perfect destination for winter sports lovers.

One of the popular winter activities in Mount Sorak is skiing. If you’re not into winter sports, you can still enjoy the beautiful scenery by taking a cable car ride up to the mountain peak (The cable car ride takes about 7 minutes). Just make sure to pack warm clothes and gear to stay comfortable in the chilly weather.

Overall, Mount Sorak offers a unique combination of natural beauty, outdoor activities, cultural attractions, and opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation. It is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to South Korea. More detail about South Korea Trip,  contact us or click this


Cable Car at Mount Sorak
Coffee shop with view of Sorak mountain

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Agung is a person who loves traveling and photography. In addition, Agung also serves as the operational director of the Padmatour Organizer.

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