Sokcho (속초시) is the nearest large city and gateway to the famous Seoraksan National Park and whilst most tourists simply drive through on their way to visit the park, Sokcho, in particular the port is well worth a visit. Fishing is the major industry here and the shores are lined with fishing boats of all shapes and sizes and bustling seafood restaurants that proudly display and actively spruik their freshly caught produce.
Sokcho has cold but relatively dry winters, averaging around zero. Most of the precipitation during this time is in the form of snow. Summers are tropical with hot and humid conditions. Temperatures average between 25 °C and 30 °C from June to September with warm nights. This is also the wet season. The best times obviously are spring and autumn with much less rain and agreeable temperatures.
Buses from Seoul take four to five hours.
Bus #7 to Seoraksan takes 30min and cost ₩950.
The local specialty and highly recommended is their squid sundae.
Internet is widely available in South Korea. The country is the sixth highest user of Internet in the world and there are internet cafes around the country in public places such as airports, train stations and bus terminals in South Korea. ‘PC bangs’ are rooms full of computers, predominantly started for people to play games. They are cheap and many open 24-hours with snacks available.
See also International Telephone Calls
Korea Post is the national postal service and has fast, reliable and well-priced services. Standard letters and postcards start at 400 Won for domestically send ones. On their website you can find more about pricing details, as there are many different rates, depending on the zone (which country) you want to send it to, how much it weighs, wether it is air or ground service etc. Generally, post office hours are from Monday to Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm, though the larger central post offices tend to be open until 8:00pm and sometimes also on Saturday or even Sunday, usually only mornings.
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