Location: South Korea
The city of Sokcho is located on the northeast coast of South Korea and is a popular Korean tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches, delicious seafood, and its proximity to the impressive Seoraksan National Park. Students can anticipate enjoying the scenery of preserved Buddhist temples amongst the cliffs of Seoraksan, beautiful views of the East Sea, and delicious seafood on the harbors of Sokcho's charming fishing village.
In addition to being a popular destination for tourists, Sokcho also holds a special place in Korea's history as a divided nation. Sokcho is north of the 38th parallel and was a part of North Korea prior to the adjustment of the border in 1945. Due to this history, many residents of Sokcho have relatives in the north and there is even a community of North Korean ex-pats in Sokcho called Abai Village. Located three hours outside of Seoul, the city maintains a sleepy atmosphere that provides a strong portrait of Korea's past and present.