SORAK CABLE CAR
When you aboard the cable car, it will take you to Gwongeumseong. Gwongeumseong Fortress was built around 1253 A.D. during Koryo Dynasty to fend off Mongolian invasion. There are several accounts of its origin, but the most popular legend goes that two local strong men with last name Gwon and Kim built the fortress together, so the name became Gwongeumseong, meaning Gwon-Kim-Fortress. These days, a large part of the fortress is destroyed, and only some walls remain.
From the moment you arrive at Gwongeumseong Platform, you will enjoy the magnificent beauty of Seoraksan Mt. and the East Sea. You can experience the magical grandeur of Seorak along with blooming rosebays in the spring, flourishing verdure in the summer, fantastic foilage in the autumn, and amazing snow scene of the winter. Also there are 1,200 species of rare plants such as Edelweiss of the Alps, and over 100 species of rare animals including Asian Black Bear.
Up at Gwongeumseong Fortress
Follow the stairway once you exit the cable car platform and walk up about 10 minutes. You will reach the top of Gwongeumseong which is called Bonghwadae. From the mountaintop, you can see not only the scenery of Outer Seorak, but also the beauty of Inner Seorak and various bizarre looking rocks. You can take memorable photos at many wonderful and unique places, and also take a walk along the remaining stone walls of the fortress.
Located at the altitude of 700m, Anrakarm temple is just 5 minutes of walk down the mountain from Gwongeumseong platform. You can see Nojukbong and Towangsung fall right in front of the temple. Many famous Buhhdists monks of Korea stayed at the temple and meditated because they believed that the beauty of nature would help their meditation and ultimately enable them to reach Nirvana. Originally built in 652 A.D., it was restored to current state in 1975. Next to the temple, there is 800-year-old pine tree. You will definitely sense the elegance and solitude of time by simply gazing at this tree.