Seoraksan Adventure: Biryong Falls Trail

Many tourists and avid hikers in Korea know about Mt. Seoraksan but not many people may know about the smaller courses and trails surrounding Seorksan. This weekend my friends and I took on the smaller Biryong Falls (비룡폭포) course which only took a total of two hours and still offered a spectacular view. If you want to experience the beauty of Seoraksan (설악산) but feel limited on time or overwhelmed by the difficulty of the hike, Biryong Falls is a great second option to experience a nice view.

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To arrive we began at Sokcho Beach at the express bus terminal. Across the street from the terminal there is a bus stop for the no.7 and 7-1; either can be taken to arrive at Seoraksan National Park (설악산국립공원). Bus fare costs 1200 won and the commute is only about 40 minutes depending on the amount of traffic.

Before hiking to the waterfall we visited the Sinheungsa Temple (신흥사) near the entrance to the national park. Admission fees were 3,500 won per adult entering the area. After paying and entering we visited the temple which holds one of the largest stone Buddha statues in Korea. Many tourists not only took photos of the immaculate Buddha but also drank sacred water before approaching the statue to pay their respects. After seeing the temple attraction, we followed the easy-to-spot signs which led us to the Biryong Falls trail.

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This trail is great for anyone who wants a simple and easy hike. The course is very flat and well paved for most of the way except for a short stretch to the waterfall peak which required some effort through stairs and steeper rocks. Throughout the hike you can see various greenery and insects that are native to Korean natural life and also many different angles of the waterfall and river paths that the water pours into. There is a massive suspension bridge near the top of the course which has a beautiful view of the surrounding green mountains and water below. Within one hour we reached the peak of the waterfall. When we arrived we saw that many hikers had situated at a spot near the bottom of the fall to either picnic or take a rest on the large rocks while dipping their feet in the refreshing water from the falls.

If you are looking for a quick and affordable way to experience waterfalls and greenery in Korea, I highly recommend hiking Biryong Falls at Seoraksan National Park.

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Article by Vincent from the U.S.A.

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  1. […] beach. It also is very near Seoraksan (설악산), (which you can read my other article called Seoraksan Adventure) so you can do an adventurous hike then take a relaxing nap on Sokcho […]

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