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Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Sokcho October 1st 2016

On our final morning in Danyang we awoke to steady rain which didn't look like it would let up anytime soon. We packed up our room, had breakfast and then set off towards Sokcho, via Gangneung. The majority of the trip from Danyang to Gangneung was on rural roads; it took about three hours and along the way we passed farms, mountains and industrial estates... We drove straight through Gangneung and headed on towards Unification (Tongil) Park which is just outside the city on the coast. Unification Park houses the North Korean submarine which was captured during the 1996 Gangneung Infiltration Incident. The submarine was used to transport a reconnaissance team to the South, but it all went wrong when they tried to collect the team and the submarine ran aground. The 25 North Koreans abandoned ... read more
US war ship, Unification Park, Gangneung
North Korean submarine, Unification Park, Gangneung
North Korean submarine, Unification Park, Gangneung

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Sokcho June 28th 2014

28th Jun: We left Suwon around eight. The bus journey was long and tedious, it took about four hours. The only highlights were the conversation and passing by the beautiful Seoraksan. We were deposited at Sokcho bus station around midday. Bathrooms are rank. We got a caffeine fix and took a taxi to Naksan beach. The journey took around 15 to 20 minutes and cost around 15,000 won. We were deposited at our motel. We checked in and got the keys for the two rooms. We went and checked them and the room with the extra bedding was for the four of us. We were confused as the rooms were meant to have a kitchen, but we couldn't see it in the room. We scoffed at the size of the wardrobe, it was huge for beach ... read more
Naksan Beach
Naksansa Temple
View From The Temple

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Sokcho October 3rd 2012

Chuseok holidays had arrived and myself and a friend had organised to go away hiking in the north of the country. Chuseok is basically Korean thanksgiving, most people travel home to be with their families and pay their respects to their ancestors. People prepare food as offerings and then go tidy their ancestors graves. My co-teacher Shasha told me that she would be very busy cleaning, cooking and visiting all her families houses - she doesn't consider it much of a holiday! It is customary to give and receive gifts at this time, so in the days leading up to Chuseok I was given an presentation box from my principal containing three bottles of olive oil and six cans of tuna; two pairs of sports socks from the vice-principal; a box of white lotus tea from ... read more
adjumma hat
spectaular roof

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Sokcho December 10th 2011

This is a note I wrote myself to remember my first race. It took place in Korea in April of this year. It was a 22km hill climb on the east coast of Korea. Since I am in the middle of a 4 week travel binge I decided to post this before finishing my blog about Roma.. or Istanbule... or Budapest... Prague... the road trip to 14 different countries in 4 days. Hope this satisfies your blog fix. I haven't proof read this and I didn't originally intend to make this public so I hope nothing appears that I will regret? April 9, 2011 6:05pm Tomorrow I will race for the first time. My journey started 7 weeks ago as I started training after a 2.5 month hiatus. Training was not as good as hoped but ... read more
WEplay team.
podium finish.

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Sokcho September 26th 2010

Chuseok, "The Korean Thanksgiving", is an especially wonderful holiday because us teachers get the week off and some of us get exciting gifts like Spam, toothpaste, and corn. Maria gave me a box of songpyeon and corn, which was sweet and she helped me write out the directions in Hangul for getting to Sokcho. Sometimes when I attempt speaking Korean, people still don't know what I am saying so having it written out can be incredibly useful. I had decided to go to Sokcho to see Mary Rosenberry, a fellow Placervillian. Sokcho is farther north by the sea and surrounded by massive mountains, most famously Mt. Seorakson. The bus ride from Daejeon took 4 hours and was non-stop. Oh fantastic, non-stop, but wait I have to pee! That was an uncomfortable bus ride. Adding to the ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Sokcho October 29th 2009

I noticed that there were not many photos of autumn in Seorak Mountain (aka Seoraksan National Park), so I'm posting some from a trip last year. A lot of native teachers headed to the mountain in September and early October. By chance, we ended up going the last weekend of October and it was completely different from what other people experienced! I had already seen many of the vibrant red maple trees on the way to the mountain, but when we entered the park, the first words out of my mouth were, "Oh my god. So this is what autumn's supposed to look like." *insert jaw drop* I recommend heading out early (before 11am, at least) because the park gets more and more crowded. Still, despite the amount of people, the terrain is spacious. Entrance fee ... read more
Random Lantern
Maple Leaves

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Sokcho July 16th 2009

There are so many unique experiences on offer in Gangwon-do! You must try the Jeongseon railbike - you get to pedal along an old railway track at the foot of the mountains. It makes you feel very small! Then you can take the seatrain to a famous beach - it's the world's closest trainstation to the water! ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Sokcho May 6th 2009

To celebrate Buddas birthday (May 2nd) and Childrens' day (May 5th) school closed for a 4 day weekend. We took this rare opportunity to go away for a couple of days and explore another part of Korea we hadnt yet been to. On Saturday we were working at the academy so we didnt leave Hwacheon until the Sunday. The bus to Sokcho from Chuncheon was (according to Lonely Planet) going to take 3 1/2 hours. However it only took 2 hours which was a pleasent surprise in the 28 degree heat where the driver refused to turn on the A/C. The intercity bus terminal is on a main street and we saw a brown sign which said "Sokcho Beach". For some reason I was under the impression it was really close to the terminal. We walked ... read more
Sokcho city under the bridge
Gaetbae boat

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Sokcho February 27th 2009

Hello everyone!! Another month, another entry! So, February is an interesting time of transition for the school system here. On the second week of February, school commenced again and then a week and a half later it was finished and spring break started. Many English classes were canceled, and I started to forget I was a teacher (I kid). Just before the spring break I found out that my new co-teacher was an amazing teacher from Jangsu (the school I went to on Fridays). I was so excited because I knew her and she is a fantastic teacher and wonderful person. She also happens to have very good English, which is even more amazing because she has never lived in an English speaking country. I also found out that my original co-teacher was leaving the school. ... read more
Fake Rocks
On the way up
A view from the top

Asia » South Korea » Gangwon-do » Sokcho May 13th 2007

With the last 3 trips to the coast, we decided that this break should be one to the mountains. We settled on the beautiful Seoraksan in the North eastern corner of Korea. It seems that all our trips so far have been characterised by one dominant feature, be it missing busses ALL THE TIME, or being ON TIME absolutely perfectly for absolutely everything... this trip had the 'sense of humour failure'... and the 'well timed rain' characteristics! We headed off first thing in the morning on the EV shuttle into Seoul's outskirts. The first sense of humour failure moment happened with the discovery that while during the day the bus is a much faster means to get into Seoul center than the subway (and less crowded) making it first choice by far, a bus in ... read more
Sokcho Tower
Streets of Sokcho
A beautiful sundown

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