(cancelled) Autumn Foliage in Seorak-san
Nothing is more beautiful than autumn foliage in Seorak-san! The RAS is once again offering its popular excursion to the magnificent Seoraksan Mountain in Gangwon Province. In addition to the usual magnificent beauty of this area, participants will be able to enjoy the Cheoksan hot springs on the first night, and extend the pleasure on the second day at the Seorak Waterpia, a large-scale hot-spring resort. You could choose to go for a hike in the mountains on the next day, if one day is sufficient for a hot spring.
Seorak, which means "snow-covered peaks," has given its name to the National Park in which these mountains are found. Seoraksan is Korea's second largest National Park. Time and elements have carved the local gray granite into magnificent spires and crags which rise dramatically from the sea coast and soar upwards from deep valleys, at the bottom of which are emerald pools and sparkling streams of crystal-clear water. These lush valleys are densely covered with pine and hardwood trees, and are home to over 800 varieties of plants and about 500 kinds of animals. In 1982, UNESCO recommended that this area should be preserved for its unique botanical features. Truly one of the most scenic areas of Korea, the views are sensational both on clear days and when the peaks are covered with rolling, mysterious fog (and snow in the winter).
DAY 1: Saturday, October 29
We will leave the Yongsan Post Office, outside Exit 1 of Sinyongsan Subway Station (station #429, on the Blue Line or Line 4) at 8:00 am. Please arrive a little early. We will make our way eastward, passing through some beautiful mountain scenery. Once we have reached the Seoraksan National Park, we will hike to see the Biryong (“Flying Dragon”) Waterfall, a beautiful 40-meter long waterfall. It is a landscape that best displays the beauty of Seoraksan. The round hike to the waterfall will take about two and a half hours. After that we will take a short trip to Shin Heung Sa, an old Buddhist temple, before having dinner at a Korean restaurant. We will then check into a hotel. After dinner, those who are interested will have the chance to take a dip in the Cheoksan hot springs. This is optional and will cost an additional 8,000 KW. The baths usually stay open till 9:30 p.m. The water is said to have wonderful powers for curing neuralgia and rheumatism.
DAY 2: Sunday, October 30
After an early breakfast at the hotel, participants choosing to hike will start the day by heading toward Heundeul-bawi (the "rocking boulder"), a boulder twice the size of a man that balances on the edge of a broad, flat rock. Even one person can rock it with a heavy push, but dozens of people pushing together cannot budge it from its perch. The round trip to this point is about two and half hours. More energetic hikers are welcome to continue on up to one of the peaks of Seoraksan, the famous Ulsan-bawi. The total round trip to the top and back will take around four hours. Otherwise, the moderate hiker will turn back at Heundeul-bawi and head for Bison-dae, a rock formation and valley that means "flying fairy rock." It's a wide, flat rock surface where the river rapids drain into a clear pool; legend says that an angel ascended into heaven here. This round trip will not take more than 2 hours.
After lunch, we'll enjoy a panoramic view of the entire area as we ascend to the higher ranges of Seoraksan via cable car—the longest (1,100 meters) and highest (820 meters) single-span cable car link in Korea. We will leave Seoraksan at 3:00 p.m. and will return to Seoul around 8:30 p.m, traffic allowing.
If you choose the option of the Hot Springs Resort ‘Waterpia’ on Sunday instead, for an additional charge of 60,000 KW you can enjoy the following: Spa Zone, Rainbow Stream, Shark wave, Aqua Zone, Spa Valley, Hot Spring/Sauna, Bubble bath and many others. This will start soon after breakfast (10:00 a.m) and last until 3:00pm. A "Food Court" is available inside the Spa for your lunch.
Cost of the excursion is W258,000 for members and W309,600 for non-members and includes transportation, all entrance fees, accommodation at a tourist motel (Korean or Western style rooms, two to a room: single room supplement is 30,000W upon request), and three meals (Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and lunch).
PLEASE NOTE THAT CHEOKSAN HOT SPRINGS/SAUNA (8,000 KW) AND WATERPIA ENTRANCE FEES (60,000 KW) ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE.
*****SPACE IS LIMITED SO PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY!!!!*****
Reserve by Monday, October 24, 2016. We will follow-up with a message to confirm the trip.
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