*LUNAR NEW YEAR EXCURSION* Seorak-San National Park & Waterpia
The RAS will once again offer its very popular excursion to the magnificent Seorak Mountain in Gangwon Province. In addition to the usual magnificent beauty of this scenic area, participants will have the option of enjoying the Cheoksan hot springs on the first night, and to extend the pleasure on the second day at the Seorak Waterpia, a large-scale hot-spring resort. For those who would rather enjoy hiking in the mountains, two options are proposed.
Seorak, which means "snow-covered peaks," has given its name to the National Park in which these mountains are found. Seorak-san is Korea's second largest National Park. Time and the 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.
For those of you who are concerned that they would get stuck in the holiday traffic, rest assured that this is an annual excursion of the RAS, and we have never had any problems leaving and coming back according to our schedule. We have been able to beat or avoid traffic every time!
Day 1: February 10, Sunday
We will leave from the Yongsan post office, at Sinyongsan Subway Station (station #429, exit #1 on the Blue Line), 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 Seorak 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 winter beauty of Seorak. 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, then we will check into Seorak-san Tourist 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 7,000 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: February 11, Monday
After an early breakfast at the hotel, the participants in the Hiking option will start the day with a hike to 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. Till here the round trip is about 2 and half hours. Truly energetic hikers are welcome to continue on up to one of the peaks of Seorak, the famous Ulsan-bawi. The total round trip to the top and back will take around 4 hours. Otherwise, the moderate hikers 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 back at the restaurant, we'll enjoy a panoramic view of the entire area as we ascend to the higher ranges of Seorak-san in the dramatic cable car—the longest (1,100 meters) and highest (820 meters) single-span cable car link in Korea. We will leave Seorak-san at 3:00 p.m. and will arrive in Seoul at 8:30 p.m.
Instead, if instead of hiking on Monday you choose the option of the Hot Springs Resort ‘Waterpia’, 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 till 3:00pm. A Food Court is available inside the Spa for your lunch.
Cost of the excursion is W248,000 for members and W278,000 for non-members and includes transportation, all entrance fees, accommodation at the Seorak-san Tourist Hotel (Korean and Western style rooms, two to a room), and three meals (Monday’s dinner, Tuesday’s breakfast and lunch). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CHEOKSAN HOT SPRINGS/SAUNA (7,000 KW) AND WATERPIA ENTRANCE FEES (60,000 KW) ARE NOT INCLUDED.
*****SPACE IS LIMITED SO PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY!!!!*****
Reservations confirmation: Monday, February 4, 2013
PLEASE RESERVE SPACE FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR EXCURSION TO SEORAK-SAN NATIONAL PARK & WATERPIA EXCURSION, SUNDAY-MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10-11, 2013 FOR THE FOLLOWING:
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☞ Please make a excursion payment before Monday, February 4, 2013 to the following account: SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)