We managed our trip out of Seoul simply enough. A quick subway ride to the express bus terminal, some help finding the proper counter to buy our tickets from a friendly young Korean (who was obviously in a hurry to be somewhere, but took time to help us anyway), and the bus departing within a minute of when it was scheduled to.
The 2.5 hour trip to Sokcho on the east coast was interesting, as it gave us our first look at rural Korea and the road system. From this trip and later ones, we also observed that almost all controlled access roads in Korea are toll roads. You certainly get what you pay for through. Korean highways are excellent. In the hilly part of the country we were traversing, we went through tunnel after tunnel, over viaduct after viaduct, often with little ordinary road separating them.
After a brief stop in Sokcho we caught a city bus to Seoraksan National Park.
One of the guardians at the entrance to the Buddhist monastary near the entrance of the Seoraksan National Park