Category Archives: Gangwon

Population Density is Key to Understanding South Korea

To appreciate different regions of South Korea, and to appreciate this blog most fully, I think it helps to understand a few things about population density in South Korea. So, so far on this blog, I have covered three provinces … Continue reading

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Seoraksan National Park: The Scene at Biseondae

The last leg of my hike which started at Osaek and went over Daecheongbong was the 3km Biseondae course to Seorak-Dong, where I could take a bus back to Sokcho. Since the 3 kilometers of the Biseondae course are mostly … Continue reading

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Seoraksan National Park: Valley of the Waterfalls

I continued my descent from Daecheongbong in Seoraksan via the “Waterfall Valley” route. There are multiple trails running to and from Daecheongbong, but the two which are considered the most scenic are the “Dinosaur Ridge” route and the “Waterfall Valley” … Continue reading

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Seoraksan National Park: The Highest Peak Daecheongbong

I went to the top of Daecheongbong (Seoraksan), which at 1708 meters is the highest mountain peak in all of Gangwon Province, and the highest peak in mainland South Korea outside of the Jirisan mountains. Jirisan and Deogyusan (which contain … Continue reading

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Seoraksan National Park: Biryeong Waterfall

Seoraksan National Park has many waterfalls. The most easily accessed in Biryeong Waterfall, which of course means it’s very popular. For a person who can move at a reasonably fast speed, the round trip from the park entrance to Biryeong … Continue reading

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Seoraksan National Park: Ulsan Bawi

Some people consider Seoraksan to be South Korea’s most beautiful national park. Thoroughly exploring the park would have required a week, and I only had two days, but I did see some of the parks most famous sights, such as … Continue reading

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The Taebaek Coal Museum

Taebaek was once the most productive coal-mining region in South Korea. Coal mining towns follow a predictable trajectory: coal tends to be in places which aren’t good for farming, so before the development of coal mines they are sparsely populated; … Continue reading

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