Odaeyang Hoetjip is a restaurant recommended by the Korea Tourism website, specializing in seafood. They’re located right by the beach.
The recommended combo meal doesn’t come cheap, at 200,000 Won (S$235). It is probably good for 4 adults, and with just 2 adults and 2 kids, it was really too much food for us. Nevertheless, it was a good meal.
At the end of the meal, you’re served a casserole of seafood soup, with the fish bones from the sashimi thrown in. The soup was so good we finished it, despite being already so full. Unbelievably tasty.
Seoraksan National Park is popular among Korean nationals, and it is also one of the destinations tourists are usually brought to. Depending on the weather, the cable car may not be running. My objective was to go on a short hike, and i gave the cable car a miss. The Biseondae trail is the easiest and beautiful nevertheless.
The first half of the trail is not so exciting, but as soon as you cross a bridge, you get views such as these:
At 2pm, we arrived at Matsu, an Italian restaurant that is voted top in Sokcho on tripadvisor. They were open, and we were the only customers.
All the main dishes come with soup, garlic bread and coffee/dessert. It was tasty, huge-portioned and unbelievably good value (S$35 for everything).
Chuam beach is full of odd shaped rocks, the most famous of which is the Chotdaebawi, which translates as candlestick rock.
Dinner was not pre-planned, and it turned out quite well. We have been hoping to try grilled beef, and lo and behold, there was a restaurant specializing in Korean beef mere steps away from the hotel.
The next morning, We managed to experience the local style Korean breakfast at a random shop (something like Hong Kong’s Cha Chan Teng). It was quite affordable by Korean standard – 3 items came up to KRW 9500 (S$11). Most restaurants in Korea offer free coffee, and this one was no exception.
The Mureung Valley is probably little known compared to Seoraksan, but the trail here (there’s basicaly just one) easily trumps Seoraksan’s Biseondae trail. See for yourself:
It should take no more than 3 hours to do the 5km return trip. We were not tempted to do lunch at the park entrance, where there are many restaurants. Instead, we took a chance and drove to the nearest residential area. It turned out to be a good choice.
It took little deliberation to choose a traditional looking shop. They specialized in pork bone soup. Koreans are well known for their double boiled
Korean soups are very often pepperish, and I’m not a pepper person, but being double boiled, it was certainly good enough for me to lap up every last bit. The best part was the price – only 7000 Won (S$8.20) per bowl.
This restaurant is located near GPS coordinates 37.486074 129.10889, and there are a few other options around here as well.