The highest point in Seoraksan National Park is Daecheongbong, 1708 metres, the third highest peak in South Korea. It’s a long hike from the eastern entrance to the park, and it’s traditional for people to stay overnight at one of the shelters one the approach to the peak so that they can be at the summit for sunrise.
We didn’t attempt to get to the top, but the trail on the lower slopes is quite special. The most direct approach follows a river, set at the bottom of a steep-sided valley, with rock faces towering above. Huge chunks of rock have fallen over time and lie at the bottom of the cliffs. The route is only made possible in many places by the addition of long flights of steps and bridges.