DMZ & Seoraksan National Park 2017Autumn
Join Enjoy Korea as we head up north to the Gangwan province for an epic weekend of autumnal awesomeness at Seorak Mountain and visit the border of South and North Korea…the DMZ!
The weekend starts off in Yanggu, a small town just a few kilometers away from the North Korean border. We’ll be visiting the less commercialized area of the DMZ which has a more authentic untouched feel. We start our DMZ tour with a visit to Dutayeon, which has been closed off to civilians for the past 50 years after the war. It was only in 2006 that the civilian control line was open to the public. To gain access, visitors must apply with the Department of Culture and Tourism at least three days in advance. Enjoy Korea will take care of that for you.
Just before entering, we will have to go through a military checkpoint where armed guards will do one last security check and everyone will be given a GPS tracker (very Hunger Games). Once in, you can walk the trails that lie alongside a beautiful stream and explore the area yourself. Deep within the forest, remains of the war can be seen such as rusted shell casings, dead mines, and helmets punctured with bullet holes.
Our next stop on our DMZ tour is the Eulji Observatory Post. At the top of the observatory, 1000 meters above sea level, visitors can enjoy the stunning 360 panorama of the Punch Bowl (it was given it’s name by an unknown foreign wire correspondent during the war while tagging along on a helicopter ride because of it’s shape). The Punch Bowl was home to some of the bloodiest battles during the Korean War. From the Observatory post, you can also view North Korea in the distance.
One of the more amusing stories about the observatory was an onsite guard’s mention of the Goddess Waterfalls, which can be seen through the binoculars installed inside the observation post. According to him, years after the stalemate, a common North Korean propaganda tactic to encourage the defection of South Korean soldiers near the DMZ was to have some of its most beautiful women bathe naked in plain view of on-looking South Korean soldiers. In retaliation, he said, the South Korean military then held a series of performances from the most popular singers at the time to entice soldiers in the North.
After our visit to the Observatory post, we will head to the 4th underground tunnel that was dug by the North Korean military. The tunnel’s sole purpose was to enable North Korea to plan a surprise attack on South Korea. Despite the tunnel being dug before the war broke out, it was only found in 1990. In this tunnel there’s a small train which takes us directly under the DMZ.
After our DMZ day, we’ll head to our hotel in Sokcho just outside Seoraksan National Park. The hotel has a variety of both indoor and outdoor hot tubs as well as a swimming pool, so you can relax the evening away. We will also be running a shuttle into the town of Sokcho, for those who want to grab some dinner and explore the town.
On the Sunday, we have an ‘all-you can eat’ buffet breakfast at the hotel before we head to Seorak Mountain. Seoroksan is considered by many, to be one of the most beautiful national parks in Korea. Especially in the fall, Seorkasan is one of the BEST places to see all the autumnal colors. The park has a range of courses, which suit all hiking levels.
Some of the main attractions in the park are Ulsanbawi peak, Biryong Waterfall and Geumganggul Cave in which a monk actually lives. There is also a cable car which runs to Gwongeumseong Fortress, taking about 10 minutes to ascend to the top. The views are absolutely breathtaking. In addition to the gorgeous nature, there are beautiful temples, and a giant Buddha statue.
After our escapades on the mountain, we’ll head back to your respective cities. Like we said…Epic Weekend!
This trip includes:
– Round trip transportation from your city
– Entry and registration into Dutayeon
– Entry and registration into Eulji Observatory Post
– Entry and registration into the 4th underground tunnel and train ride
– 1 nights stay in nice spa hotel in Sokcho (Ondol Style)
– Entry into the hotel’s indoor & outdoor spa with hot tubs and pool
– All you can eat breakfast buffet on the Sunday morning
– Entry into Seoraksan National Park
– A trip leader and all the fun and organisation you’d expect from an Enjoy Korea trip.
The Early Bird prices for all this are only:
Busan – 157,000
Changwon – 158,000
Daegu – 156,000
Daejeon – 155,000
Seoul – 149,000
To reserve your spot transfer funds to the account below:
KEB Hana Bank
Acc No: 429-910301-13107
Name: 김스테이시 (인조이코리아)
– No transferring spots
– Cancel before the trip sells out – 100% refund (5,000w admin charge)
– Cancel after the trip sells out – 75% refund
– Cancel 10 days or less before the departure date – No refunds can be issued, sorry.
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Due to the sensitive security issues surrounding the DMZ, it can be closed to the public with no notice. This is unlikely, however if this were to happen for this trip, we would replace the DMZ portion of the trip with other activities in the region.
We do our absolute best to adhere to the itinerary and schedule stated. However, there may be factors outside of our control such as busy traffic or unforeseen circumstances with third party companies, which may force us to alter our schedule slightly.
Enjoy Korea is not liable in any way for any injuries, damage or loss suffered during the trip. You are all adults and are responsible for your own safety. All activities are suggested and not compulsory, you have the right to not participate in any activity.
DEPARTURE / RETURN TIMES
Time: Meet 5.05am, we’ll depart at 5.10am.
Place: Deokcheon subway station, exit 9. (Also known as Dukcheon)
Time: Meet 4.30am, we’ll depart at 4.35am.
Place: In front of Changwon Bus Terminal
Time: Meet 6.15am, we’ll depart at 6.20am.
Place: Banwoldang Subway Station Exit 2. (Dong A Department Store)
Time: Meet 5.30am, depart at 5.40am.
Place: Government Complex Subway Station, Exit 4
Time: Meet 7.50am, depart at 8am.
Place: Seoul National University of Education Subway, Exit 1 (NOT Seoul National University Subway)
We will depart from Seoraksan at 4 p.m. We aim to be back in Busan by 9.30pm, Changwon by 10.30pm, Daegu by 9pm, Daejeon by 10pm and Seoul by 7.30pm.