Day Tour To Seoraksan Mountain - Seoul

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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.


  • 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 outsideJung-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-speakingstaff

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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  • This was an excellent tour. I guide picked us up at our hotel promptly. The drive to the mountain was 3 hrs, but we stopped at a rest stop and our guide bought us snacks. The mountain tour was beautiful and our guide shared his personal reasons for loving mountains. We visited a templa and an incredibly windy mountain pass as well. Our lunch was a very yummy hot pot at a restaurant on the way home. My sister and I were the only people on our group tour, so it was like a private tour.

  • Our day trip go Seoraksan Mountain was amazing.

    Our guide, Mr. Insang Yoon, was friendly, kind, and very informative. He spoke pretty good english. Pick-up service was right on time. He sent a msg via Whatsapp to inform us that he had arrived and waiting at the lobby. Funny thing was, all of us saw him come in as we got out of the elevator, we just didn’t know it was our guide. Mr. Insang Yoon would randomly share historical facts about the country along the 3-hr drive to the mountain and stopped half-way at a gas station so we could use the restrooms and buy snacks. I like taking photos so, I was clicking away on my camera as we pass one beautiful scenery after another which Mr. Insang Yoon noticed and offered to stop for a 10 min break so I can take photos. He gave us options for our lunch as well; traditional meal of Sokcho province or Shabu Shabu. He was very patient with us all day. As a group of 4 females which included a 60-yr old (My mom), we would stop and take photos as we hiked/walked. My mom injured her back on a skiing trip 2 days earlier so she had trouble getting up and getting out of the car and Mr. InsangYoon always rushed to help her. When we returned, he dropped us off right in front of our hotel. He could have stopped on the other side and we could have easily crossed the road but he made a u-turn and stopped in front of our hotel.

    One day before our trip, I received an email and sms informing about our pick-up time and place.

    If you love the mountain side then this place is a must-go. I was told it’s beautiful all year round regardless of the weather. We loved every bit of this trip; the mountain, the views, the weather and the car ride. It took us about 3 hours to reach Seoraksan National Park from Seoul. During the car ride, there were many beautiful sceneries to admire. We went through so many tunnels as well and the little kid inside of me was excited whenever we went in one. The weather that day was very cold. We were told it was the coldest its been this month but we enjoyed it. We took the cable car up and then walked 7 mins or so to reach the top. Worth every shiver and step to see the beautiful scenery with our eyes and take photos. Our guide, Mr. Insang Yoon, explained about every place we went. Whenever there was a map, he would point out where we were and how long til we reach our destination. He shared that in the old days, this was a popular spot for honeymooners and I think I can see why. The park is huge and there are several different paths, some of which can take up to 7 hrs just for one-way. I think people can camp over night too in some areas because if I remembered correctly, our guide mentioned he spent a few nights there with a big group. During lunch Mr. Yoon explained more about Korean culture and shared a little about his days in the military service and a little about his family as well. Never an awkward moment with him. After lunch, we stopped by Yongso Waterfall and there with the help of Mr. Insang we stood on part of the frozen stream and took photos. It was an experience I’ll never forget. On our way back to Seoul, he stopped by Gapyeong Service Center so we could take a break and maybe do some shopping but we were tired so we didn’t. We were grateful for this thoughtfulness though.

    We had a wonderful experience and enjoyed the services provided. Thank you Happimize Travel and Mr. Insang Yoon. This day trip was worth every penny we paid.

  • transportation is great and luxurious. We had great time with our tour guide as he has told us a lot of information during our tour, not only about Mt. seoraksan but also other parts of korea as well. Since my mum was unable to hike up hill, he suggested us an alternative way walk down hill instead of up hill to ensure all of us can enjoy the natural beautiful scenery of Mt seoraksan. our tour guide is very experienced and has in-depth knowledge on seoraksan/history. The shabu-shabu lunch is good. the trip is good in overall.

  • Very friendly guide

  • 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.

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