Day Tour To Seoraksan Mountain - Seoul

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Overview

Explore the Seoraksan National Park and discover one of South Korea’s most imposing peaks on this Mt Seoraksan day tour from Seoul. Travel by cable car up to the Gweongeumseong peak and enjoy panoramic views over the valleys below. Follow walking routes through the forest to Sinheungsa Temple, where a statue of The Great Unification Buddha sits in contemplation. Listen as a guide sheds light on South Korea’s Buddhist heritage, and enjoy a delicious lunch of Korean speciality dishes.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • All entrance fees included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Hotel pickup included

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Following a morning pickup from your centrally located Seoul hotel, travel with a guide to the Seoraksan National Park. Home to mighty Mt Seoraksan — the third highest peak in South Korea — the park sits on the east coast of the Korean Peninsula in the Taebaek Mountain range, where rugged ridges of granite and gneiss dominate the landscape.

On arrival, take the cable car to the Gwongeumseong peak and admire breathtaking views over the surrounding valleys. Head onward through dense forest to Sinheungsa Temple, home to a 62 foot (18.9 meter) gilt-bronze statue of The Great Unification Buddha.

Perhaps take a moment to explore a few of the smaller temples and hermitages hiding in the hillsides. Then, visit a local restaurant and enjoy an authentic Korean meal of grilled fish or beef shabu-shabu (hot pot), accompanied by rice and several side dishes.

When your meal is over, hop back into your vehicle and return to your Seoul hotel to conclude your tour.

Inclusions for Day Tour To Seoraksan Mountain

  • Hotel pickup & drop-off. But, if your hotel is outside Jung-gu, Jongno-gu, Gangnam-gu and Seocho-gu, you need to come to Lotte Hotel Seoul (Address: 30 Euljiro, Jung-gu, Seoul).
  • Entrance fee including round-trip cable car
  • Lunch
  • English-speaking staff

Exclusions for Day Tour To Seoraksan Mountain

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

During the transport to/from Seoraksan mountain, the tour operator cannot explain about Korea, or Seoraksan mountain continuously. After departure from Seoul, before arriving at Seoraksan mountain, you will hear the guidelines or basic facts about Seoraksan mountain for 10-20 minutes

Sightseeing at Seoraksan mountain consists of 1) cable car for 1h, 2) Sinheungsa Temple for 20 minutes, and 3) hiking to Biseondae Waterfall for 1h20m. But, hiking is optional.

In light of a review, if the tour date is national holiday, we won't provide this tour because we cannot predict the traffic condition.

Hotel pickup will be done during 7:20-8:00am. You will be advised of hotel pickup time on the previous day.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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11 reviews by the users

  • Tour was great. Mr Yoon was very accommodating and informative.

  • Was nice but there a considerable delay due to holiday congested road traffic.The driver and the Guide,Mr Alex Lee was very helpful and patient ,he was an excellent in all aspects.
    I suggest to block this tour during such holiday.
    Mohammed Abulaban

  • Amazing views of the Korean mountains and countryside. Thoroughly enjoyable

  • Eventhough you can do this tour from Seoul on your own, which of course gives you more flexibility, I guess, the flexibility is limited due to short available time there. Costwise I did not compare. The day was great, as the thick clouds lifted in the afternoon and we had much better views after.

  • Our tour had 12 people total. While hotel pick up and drop off is a draw, it really takes a long time during rush hour in Seoul. We were first on and last off and spent a good 2 hours waiting for participants to get on/off the bus. I appreciate the convenience of pickup, but a central meeting point is reasonable in a city with such great public transit.

    It was raining for the morning of our tour and an accident on the highway forced the driver to detour, so we ended up arriving at the park much later than anticipated. The guide got our group ticket and we got on the cable car and walked the path to the overlook together. At the top, we were told we had 15-20 minutes to spend, then to meet back at the cable car so we could get lunch. Lunch was about 30-45 minutes, then we had the option of taking pictures on our own on the ground level - no longer in the cable car area or go with the guide to the temple about an hour or so of free time.

    The view from the top was not so great, thanks to the rain that morning. Obviously, that's no fault to the operator, but it would have been awesome had the guide given us the option of a going back up, whether at our own cost or not, or b decided to board the cable cars after lunch, when the weather would have been clearer. On the plus side, the included lunch was tasty and filling, and the afternoon did clear up nicely so I ended up with a lot of nice photos, just looking up instead of down. We went at peak time for fall foliage.

    All in all, this was a good tour but not great. It seems like a lot of the previous reviewers had small groups and fair weather - perhaps if those were the conditions I experienced, I would recommend it more wholeheartedly. It is a beautiful area and I am glad I got to see it, but the costs seem pretty steep in hindsight.

  • We had anticipated this to be a great tour, but did not turn out to be so. Our guide was Alex Lee and looking at other reviews by fellow travelers, we feel that we must have had Alex on his 'off' day. He did not see to be warm and friendly and he also was not too forthcoming about any information. Having a longer travel time, we expected some useful information about the history, geography or in general any sort of tidbits about the country especially since there was another driver who was driving the bus. Unfortunately, he did not offer any, and in addition, there was hardly any information given about the actual tour, the parts of the Seoraksan that we would visit, etc.

    The place itself was decent, but we felt that we did not get any information about the Shinhungsa temple, nor did the guide felt the need to accompany us to the temple to give us a slightest history. The Buddha statue along the path is imposing and offers a great meditative experiences. Unfortunately, we were given only a general direction from far near the cable car station to choose either a shorter or the longer walk! At an appointed time, we gathered at the cable car base station to go the top with the cable car. We were hustled for a 10 minute hike up a well maintained path and were given a small amount of time at the top where the views were good but no information about the terrain, history of how/why the Buddhist monks chose this place, etc.

    Based on our extensive travel, we consider this to be the worst guided tour experience for us and hence the trip became underwhelming instead of what could have been a memorable one.

  • I tried tours with KTO, Koridoor and this one with Happimize - this one was my best experience. KTO was cheap and my guide was very kind and helpful, but being a tour guide was not her full time job. Koridoor to DMZ was very impersonal bus and it was always unclear what was going to happen next, and what hidden expenses were.
    In my trip to Seoraksan Mountain, Alex Lee was both my driver and guide. I paid once and unlike other tours, everything from there was included with one simple price - travel, guide, lunch, park admission, and the cable car ride.
    We met at 8a in front of Lotte Hotel, which is at a Line 2 stop. I ended up being the only participant that day so it was just the two of us. We traveled in a comfortable new minivan vehicle, with 8 leather seats. Alex was a good driver. He checked several times that the temperature was comfortable. He is an even better guide - he taught me about history and current events in Korea. We had a traditional style lunch of a special type of tofu, plus sides, around 11a just outside the park. I think that is one of the only restaurants in Korea where you can find that type of tofu.
    The Seoraksan National Park was quite beautiful. We rode the cable car up, and went on the short, 200 m hike to a peak, and back down again. Because there were just 2 of us and Alex noted that I was a fast hiker, we were able to go on another hike round trip 6 km along a stream to an area with poetry in Chinese characters written by monks about 300 years ago. There were few people along this trail, which was nice. After that we visited the statue of Buddha and the temple on site there. We left the park around 2:30 pm and made it back to Seoul around 5:10. When Alex found out I was going to the DMZ the next day he dropped me off at the War Memorial museum and suggested which rooms to visit there.
    Plan on walking up to 3 km just to wander around the park and to get to the peak, even without a bonus hike. I highly recommend Happimize tours!

  • I joined the tour with another 4 people.
    The company sent the driving guide, called Jay.
    He was very knowledgeable and friendly.

    Unfortunately, it was raining when we left Seoul.
    This guy asked us if we are OK for returning to Seoul by 1-2 hours later.
    All of us replied Yes.

    So, he showed us Sokcho city first. I realized that he was waiting for rain-stop because the places are not included in the itinerary. Furthermore, he brought us a shopping center because one of the guests want to buy a long-sleeve cloth.

    When we arrived at the entrance of the national park, he brought us the cable car station and distributed cable car tickets and advised us to go up the peak by cable car and visit Sinheungsa Temple.

    We took the cable car and walked along the trail for 10 min.
    Wow, the scenery was much better than my expectation.
    We took several photos and went down to the ground level.

    After that, we visited Sinheungsa Temple, which is located next to the beautiful valley.
    I tried to go further because I had another 40min. So, I went along the valley, called Biseondae.

    I am very satisfied with this tour because the guide tried to care us in all sincerity.
    Also, their car was very clean.

  • The tour was really good.
    We were taken in a bran new car.
    There were only 3 of us and it felt like a VIP experience.

  • I had a very good experience on this tour are tour guide was very good, we had a top brand new luxury car and there were only tour other tourist, Alex are tour guide was very knowledgable and was a very good English speaker. The tour was better than I imagined it too be Seoraksan mountains offer some off the best views I've seen in the world we also got to take a walk up to a waterfall near by and also had time to see the big Buddha and the temple on the way having more time here would of been better but I'm told u can do this trip in two days one night but as I had no time I couldn't do it

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