I mentioned in my previous post that I’d return to Sokcho during Labour Day weekend with a friend. Here is my post summarising my trip. It was a much-needed getaway after my hellish summer. This is my third trip to Sokcho, and it is a fabulous place to return to relax and have yummy food.
Our trip started with us having to wait over two hours at the bus terminal for the next available bus. To be honest, that wasn’t fun, and I’d anticipated we’d get to Sokcho by one. But wait we did, and we eventually left after noon. Our bus stopped at a rest stop, and we were treated to this gorgeous view.
When we arrived in Sokcho, we decided to go to the market near the terminal to buy some food before heading to our hotel. I also wanted to buy these speciality chips that originated in this market. We lugged our suitcases through the crowded market and bought some deep-fried shrimps and chicken gangjeong (sweet and spicy deep-fried chicken) for early dinner.
We checked into our hotel at Ramada Sokcho. My friend was able to get a steal for this room at $200 for the two nights we were there. It’s a bit out of the city, but I liked that it was by the sea. The view from the room made me happy, and I was even more thrilled to see the East Sea again!
We walked around the area between Ramada Sokcho and Lotte Sokcho Resort Hotel, which was nice. My friend and I enjoyed the sea air and breeze. This cooler weather was what we needed after that heatwave hell. The scenery was also gorgeous. We ended our night by watching the Korea versus Japan championship match for the Asian Games. We had a blast yelling and cheering on this soccer game.
I really wanted to visit Sundubu Village (sundubu is super soft tofu) that is around Seoraksan, and after asking around we found the place! The meal we had was delicious, and we also had a great view of Ulsanbawi.
Our next stop was to visit Naksansa, which is one of my favourite places in Sokcho. My friend hadn’t been, so it was fun to show her this place. We hit the pavilion I love, saw a temple, and had tea at the tea house in the compound. I had the pumpkin tea. After walking around there, we returned to our hotel to take a break.
Ramada Sokcho is located next to Daepo Harbour, which is a famous area in Sokcho for people who want to eat seafood. We wandered around there that night, and my friend wanted to eat some raw seafood. We picked out a restaurant and she picked her fish, and she had a feast while I just ate the spicy stew with cooked fish. We ended our night like that.
The next day, we returned home. I brought back a whole box of crab for my mum, which made her happy. I was super content with this trip, and I had a fantastic time with my friend. Sokcho is always a wonderful place for me, and I cannot wait to return there the next time I need some relaxation! Hope you all enjoyed this post. I’ll be off to Tokyo over Thanksgiving break, and I’ll definitely share that adventure when I return!