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Abai Village, Sokcho

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Soak in the peaceful fishing village atmosphere of Abai Village, known for its seafood restaurants and picturesque scenes. During the Korean War, many elderly refugees of North Korea fled here, resulting in its name Abai, meaning "aged person." The village was the backdrop to the extremely popular KBS drama "Autumn in My Heart"; today, you can ride the raft that the main character would regularly use in the show to cross the harbor. The main draw--and the village's livelihood--remains the abundant seafood. Try the popular local delicacy, the Abai sundae: a squid stuffed with clear noodles, tofu, and vegetables. Plan my day in Sokcho using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • September 24, 2017
    The only fun thing is the 200won boat that carry us manually across the island. The village was full with restaurant, during non peak hours the shop keeper will come out and pull customer... abit unco...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    The people here were very friendly. I here that lots of people here are North Koreans that fled during the Korean War. I heard about a North Korean soondae (pigs blood sausage) called Abai soondae. I ...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Learn a bit about the history of this village to get the most out of your visit. Lots of good little seafood restaurants and souvenir shops.  more »

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The accommodations of Sokcho are split between the city and the national park. The main urban area lies close to the sea; here, luxury and standard hotels and budget-friendly hostels provide good access to the beaches along the coast, as well as the restaurants and bars of the city center. Inland, you'll find a solid mix of resorts, hotels, and hostels in the national park, particularly close to the hot springs and skiable areas.
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