Backpacking to South Korea #2 (Sokcho, Seoraksan, Abai Village) | Feature #3
This is our highlights travel feature video during our backpacking trip to South Korea. From Seoul we heading to Sokcho by bus and explore Sokcho City, Seoraksan National Park and Abai Village one of the filming locations of our all time favourite korean drama “Autumn in My Heart”
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Should you visit SOKCHO? South Korea + Abai Village & Sokcho Beach (WeWillNomad)
Sokcho is probably best known for the Seoraksan National Park, and although many people visit the park directly from Seoul, we can recommend spending a few days in Sokcho while visiting the park if your time allows. For more on Seoraksan National Park, read about our visit on wewillnomad.com or see the video at
Sokcho itself is a laid back town, with a lovely long stretch of beach and short coastal walkway linking the beach to the fishing ports
The small island that is home to Abai Village is in walking distance from most of Sokcho. You can reach the village either from the South via the Pink Seorakdaegyo Bridge (pedestrian access only), from the North via the Blue Geumgangdaegyo Bridge (pedestrian access only) or most traditionally via the hand drawn Gaetbae raft boat from downtown Sokcho. Abai Village was formed in 1950 when a group of around 6000 refugees from North Korea moved south and set up shelters on this sandbar in Sokcho. The name
Abai comes from the Refugee's local dialect and means Uncle or Aged Person and refers to the large percentage of the refugees who were of elderly age. Although the inhabitants of the island are much more diverse today, the nickname has stuck. Today, much of the island's tourism can also be attributed to the filming of a local Korean Drama Series which took place here in 2000. There is a small fee to ride the Gaetbae boat and you will be expected to take turns in assisting to pull the hand-drawn raft across the waterway. This is good fun and worth the small fee just for the novelty aspect!
Once in the village, we would say that you should prepare to be underwhelmed by the village itself. There is one alley lined with restaurants all trying to sell you the local speciality dish of Abai Sundae and if it is not yet peak season, then the area can feel rather abandoned. Abai Sundae is a squid stuffed with a mixture of clear noodles, tofu, vegetables, and squid. We chose to meander through and around the village for a bit and enjoy the small and peaceful beach on the East shore of the island. Be sure to climb to the top of the Pink Bridge (or take the elevator) to get an aerial view over the Village before leaving.
Sokcho beach is probably not the most beautiful beach you will visit, but it is a nice clean 1.2 km long stretch of sandy beach with soft lapping waves. You will also find a few photo art pieces that seem to change annually and in the summer there are water activities a plenty. At the South end of the beach, the Bada Hyang-giro Trail leads around the cliff point to the Oeongchihang Port. This short 850 m walkway is very scenic and we best enjoyed it just before sunset. And of course, Sokcho Beach is a great place to enjoy the sunrise!
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Gaetbae boat at Abai Village
Abai Village is made famous by the Korean drama, Autumn in my heart. Gaetbae boat becomes a tourist attraction of this village.
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[4K] Sokcho Gaetbae boat (속초 갯배) When you travel to Mt. Seorak in Gangwon-do, Korea, don't miss it!
A mysterious boat heading to a remote village!
Abai Village in Sokcho, Gangwon-do is a small village where people can't return to their hometown. It's at the end of the cape, so you'll have to go back a long way to get there by car. However, it can be reached in 5 minutes by boat. Instead of the engine, a person must pull the wire and move the boat. Let's go to Sokcho to ride this mysterious boat.
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★How to get to Sokcho Gaetbae?
1. Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 9)
2. Express Bus to Sokcho (Takes about 2h 30min.)
3. Local Bus No.1 to Gaetbae Marina (30min.)
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Gaetbae boat at Abai village
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Abai village at sokcho
Travel Vlog: Sokcho, South Korea
3 day weekend in Sokcho, South Korea.
Places of interest:
Sokcho Beach (속초해변)
Sokcho Expo Tower (속초 엑스포타워)
Abai Village (아바이 마을) by Gaetbae Boat
Naksansa Temple (낙산사)
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속초 아바이마을 (Abai Village, Sokcho korea )
속초 아바이마을 (Abai Village, Sokcho korea )
[4 Angles] Abai Village in Sokcho
Abai Village in Sokcho 실향민들의 두 번째 고향, 속초 아바이마을
An estimated 1.23 million North Koreans fled to the South during the Korean War. With memories of the hometowns in their hearts, they rebuilt their lives here in the South at Abai Village, the only settlement of North Korean emigrants in the South. After some 70 years, the village is now known nationwide for offering an authentic taste of North Korea with many signature delicacies like abai sundae (blood sausage) and gajami sikhae (spicy fermented sole). From a village of yearning and pain, it is now becoming a symbol of the desire for reunification. Visit the town and learn more about life in this enclave.
한국전쟁 당시, 고향인 북을 떠나 남한으로 피난 온 1세대 실향민은 123만 명으로 추산되고 있다. 그중 강원도 속초에 위치한 아바이 마을은 국내 유일의 실향민 집단 정착촌이다. 함경도 출신 실향민들이 모래사장을 일궈 정착한 곳으로, 실향민 1세대와 그 후손들이 여전히 마을을 지키고 있다. 고향을 그리며 함경도 음식을 해먹었던 실향민들.. 덕분에 이곳에서는 아바이순대, 가자미식해 등 이북 음식도 전해지고 있다. 남북관계 훈풍 속, 통일염원의 상징적 장소로 자리잡은 아바이 마을을 찾아가본다.
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2014.08.23 속초 엑스포타워 광장, 속초 아바이마을 갯배(Sokcho Expo Square & Abai Village 'Gaetbae' boat)
[속초 여행] 아바이마을 풍경 (1) Abai Village, Sokcho, Korea
2010년 8월23일 오후. 속초시외버스터미널에서 10분남짓 걸리는 선착장에서 갯배를 타고 도착한 함경도 피난민촌 아바이마을 풍경. A village in Socho City, South Korea, where refugees from Hamgyung-do province during the Korean War had settled down expecting to return home as soon as possible when the reunification comes. Abai means daddy in Hamgyung-do dialect.
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속초 명물 갯배(3) Joy of Towing Gatbae, a Mini Ferry, Sokcho
2010년 8월23일 오후 강원도 속초 시외버스터미널에서 10분 남짓 걸리는 선착장에서 갯배를 타고 함경도 피난민촌 아바이마을에 내려 냉면과 가자미식혜를 맛보고 다시 탄 갯배에선 승객들이 번갈아 줄을 당기고 싶어 했다.
A mini ferry system towed by passengers in Sokcho City attracts tourists from all over Korea to Abai Village where refugees from the Hamgyung-do province had settled down during the Korean War.
The Ferries of Sokcho
While on the hiking trip to Sokcho, I had some free time in the morning. I decided to stroll not too far from the beach (about 1.5km) to check out the 갯배 (gaetbae), or ferry boats. The boats link Cheongho-dong and Joongang-dong. They started transferring residents between the two districts during the occupation period when Sokcho was initially developed as a port city. The original gaetbaes were the size of one truck and two cars and operated continuously until the Korean War. Once the armistice was signed, operation resumed. Roughly 200,000 local residents use the service daily while another 150,000-200,000 tourists take a ride. The service gained notoriety after being featured in the Korean drama Autumn in my Heart and the variety show 2 Days and 1 Night. Paid service is 200원.
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[속초 여행] 아바이마을 풍경(2) Abai Village, Sokcho, Korea
2010년 8월23일 오후 강원도 속초 시외버스터미널에서 10분 남짓 떨어진 선착장에서 갯배를 타고 도착한 함경도 피난민촌. 가자미식혜와 냉면, 아바이순대 등 함경도 전통음식 전문 식당들이 줄지어 서 있다. A village of refugees from the Hamgyung-do province, North Korea, during the Korean War. Restaurents here serve yummy tradtitional food like Abai soondae, seasoned flounder, cold noodle, etc.
 강원도 속초시 설악산 울산바위 (울산바위 전망대)
강원도 속초시 설악산 울산바위 전망대에서 바라본 울산바위 풍경입니다.
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