Couple trip to Sokcho. Part I.
Every summer vacation there is only one option for people to spend their time. That is a sunny beach, pleasant lukewarm water, and a feeling of freedom lying on hot sand. Apart from Haeundae Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the country, there is a place called Sokcho – a city in Gangwon-do province.
Sokcho is very famous for its Seoraksan National Park, which UNESCO listed as one of the World Heritage sites. Seoraksan is the 3rd highest mountain in South Korea, and the fact that Sokcho has a National Park, where everybody can enjoy the beauty of the mountain is a very good destination for tourists not only from within the country but also from all around the globe as well. Sokcho is also famous for its beach and natural hot springs, along with all the fishery cuisine that was caught straight from the sea here just attracts both domestic and international tourists.
So as soon as the summer weather was good enough for swimming, my boyfriend and I decided to spend some time in Sokcho. We have planned the trip beforehand for a couple of days. I am the kind of person that usually plans every stop and sightseeing destination beforehand, even what to order in a particular cafe of my liking, so it was pretty fun to make our to-do-list in Sokcho We took a bus to Sokcho and straight after arriving and checking in to the hotel we went to a beach, which name was SOKCHO bathing resort, but in short, people just call to Sokcho Beach. The beach is usually opened from July 1st to August 31, but if you want to be sure whether it works you can always call this number: 033-639-2665
The beach is one of the most romantic places in Sokcho. There is a pine forest nearby therefore the air is very fresh and calming. In the evenings the lights of fishing boats are burning in the distance – sailors toil in catching fish. We have spent some time on the shore and I have taken tons of photos both for preserving the memories of this trip with my boyfriend and also for my Instagram profile. The pictures came out so colorful and full of life that as soon as I posted them everybody kept on asking me where it was taken. Some people even decided to go to Sokcho as well after seeing my pictures and videos from this trip. And I say that it was a good decision for them.
After spending some time on the beach and enjoying the bluest sky and the feeling of warmest water on our feet, we headed to the Abai Maeul – a very interesting place, full of nostalgic atmosphere from Korea around the 70s. One of the reasons why this place is so famous is because of the unique Abai Sundae, which is the squid stuffed with meat and vegetables – the dish that is very popular and only found in South Korea, but usually it its the pig’s intestines that are stuffed with the same filling.
Also here we rode a boat called Abai village Ferry (Gaetbae Boat) that takes you to this separate from the main land village and you can taste all kinds of traditional food there. I even found a Russian market. I have spent some years in Russia so it was very pleasant for me to find these Russian words here. The transportation system is very interesting and the ride costs only 500 won.
If you are not interested in traditional food, you can always spend some time in a beautiful cafe, which is enough in this village. We chose Cafe Oasis.
Location: 6-6, Abai Village 1-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do ; https://goo.su/74ZB
The main feature of this cafe is that you can take a picnic set with beverages and cute additional things and take nice pictures with it. You can either order a picnic set beforehand through Naver or just come straight to the cafe, check out the pictures of each basket and decide which to choose there. The base time for the picnic is two hours, and for every 30 minutes, you ought to pay 5000 won.
As for us, we just decided to try some tasty drinks, in my case that was mango, and sit for a while on the shores of the sea, enjoying the relaxing atmosphere and nice sea breeze.
This time we have spent talking about everything and nothing, in particular, was very romantic.
That was the end of the first day. We decided to take a bus to the hotel. The bus drivers were very nice, polite and smiled a lot. They welcomed every person coming in and wished a nice day to all on the way out as well. That was really nice.
We could not wait for our second day in Sokcho.