Photos of Sokcho and Seoraksan National Park, Gangwon Province, Korea

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Sokcho and Seoraksan National Park, Gangwon Province

Sokcho, a city of about 90,000 inhabitants in the far northeast of Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province), is north of the 38th parallel and belonged to North Korea from 1945 until the end of the Korean War. Abai Maeul, a village across the water from the city still houses North Korean refugees.

Rodeo Street, Sokcho
 
Jungang district
 
Jungang fish market
 
Vegetables for sale
 
Jungang food market
 
Dried fish for sale
 
Cheongchoho Lake
 
The Gaetbae Boat
 
On the Gaetbae Boat
 
Street, Abai Village
 
View, Abai Village
 
In Abai Maeul
 
Seafood restaurant
 
Live crabs
 
View across harbour
 
Dongmyeong Raw Fish Centre
 
Assortment of seafood
 
Yeongnangho Lake
 
Stone bridge
 
Large bronze Buddha
 
Seated bronze Buddha
 
In Sinheungsa temple
 
Sinheungsa
 
Kukrakbojeon, Sinheungsa
 
Depiction of Buddha
 
The Kukrakbojeon
 
A small hall
 
Monks in Kukrakbojeon
 
Stele, Buddhist monument
 
Stele, Buddhist monuments
 
Heundeulbawi Rock
 
Ulsanbawi Rock
 
View, below Ulsanbawi
 
Geunganggul Grotto
 
View from Geunganggul
 
Rock formations, Bisondae
 

Sokcho has its large and lively Jungang market and is well known for its seafood. Especially in Dongmyeong, the northern harbour of Sokcho, are many seafood restaurants with tanks full of live crabs. On a dune overlooking the harbour and the sea is Yeonggeumjeong Sunrise Pavilion, popular for its magnificent views of the sunrise. Another unique feature just north of Sokcho is beautiful Yeongnangho Lake.

Nearby, just to the south west of the city, is Seoraksan National Park, named after Mount Seoraksan, at 1,708 metres the third highest in South Korea. It has wonderful walking trails with scenic valleys, views and caves. At the entrance is Sinheungsa, a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, with a seated bronze Buddha statue, almost 15 metres tall, called "The Great Unification Buddha Tongil Daebul”; inside the hollow statue are three pieces of the Buddha's sari, remains collected after his cremation, donated by the government of Myanmar and the Tripitaka, the original Buddhist scriptures.