Sokcho-si, South Korea

Hike to Biryong Falls

2.9 Miles Total - 429 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Derek Mathewson

This is an easy to moderate hike to 4 awesome waterfalls. The bridges offer a beautiful element to the landscape that make it a site to see.

When people ask me how do I afford to travel, my standard response is, "how do you afford to do anything?...you just set your priorities." My recent trip to South Korea was definitely no different. Just a little more planning and a longer plane ride!

The hike takes place in the Eastern end of Korea, at Seoraksan National Park. Not only was the park lush and green, but due to a recent rainstorm, that meant only two things...minimal people and epic waterfalls.

When you enter the park at the Sokcho entrance, you'll walk about a quarter mile before you see the trailhead to the left. You'll walk over a bridge and take the trailhead to the left, which is where the trail begins. After a little more than two quarters of a mile, you'll arrive at a point where you'll cross a bridge called "Suspension Bridge". Now in my opinion, this was one of the main gems on the hike. Not only was this a killer spot to photograph, but the view of Suspension Bridge and Yukdam Falls in the backdrop (photo in gallery) made it a perfect composition to shoot. From here, you'll pass two other unnamed falls before getting to Biryong Falls. When arrived, photograph the hell out of it and take it in. From this point you can either hike another 0.4 km to "Observatory Point", or turn around the way you came.

Overall, it's about a 3 mile roundtrip easy to moderate hike. With the heavy fog and dense sky, it made the experience a much more eerie one! Nonetheless, a fun, enjoyable and memorable one for sure.

If you have time after the hike, enjoy a round of beers w/ some authentic Korean noodles at the local restaurants in the park. Makes for a pretty good combo after a good hike! Cheers and happy trails!

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