South Korea – Cheorwon DMZ International Peace Marathon with Seoraksan Hike

10 Sep 20

South Korea – Cheorwon DMZ International Peace Marathon with Seoraksan Hike

Our Trek and Run Series is heading to South Korea in 2020 to hike in the famous Seoraksan National Park and  run the iconic Cheorwon DMZ International Peace Marathon !

About Cheorwon DMZ International Peace Marathon

Since 1953, Korea has been divided into two separate countries - South and North Korea. The DMZ (Korean Demilitarized Zone), a strip of land that runs across the Korean Peninsula, was established when Korea split, to be the buffer zone and border barrier between South Korea and North Korea. and serves as meeting point between the two nations

The DMZ is 250km long, and about 4km wide. There is a small JSA (Joint Security Area), near the western end of the zone, where negotiations between the two nations take place.

Cheorwon DMZ International Peace Marathon, as the name suggest, is a run to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula. It provides a rare opportunity to run through the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which is otherwise off-limits to civilians during the rest of the year. Part of the full marathon (42km) and half (21km) marathon race course is within the DMZ, where runners are able to see the Korean War Sites.

The race course is also well know for its scenic, historic and cultural sites that runs through the famous paddy fields of Cheorwon (a home to premium rice production), the Workers' Party Headquarters, Woljeong-ri Station, Goseokjeong Pavilion and the Iron Triangle Zone.

The 17th Cheorwon DMZ International Marathon will be held on 13 September 2020

About Seoraksan
Seoraksan (1078m), one of Korea’s most beautiful mountains, is also the highest mountain in the Taebaek Mountain Range in Gangwon Province in eastern South Korea. After Hallasan (1950m) on Jeju Island and Jirisan (1915m) in the south, Seoraksan is the third highest mountain in South Korea.
Seoraksan National Park, located near the city of Sokcho, is one of Korea’s most iconic parks. It was the first area to be designated as a national park by the Korean government in 1970 and has been a UNESCO Biosphere Protection site since 1982.
Famous for its views, clear mountain streams and vibrant flora and fauna, The park, that spans four cities and counties, is divided into NaeSeorak (Inner Seorak) and Oe Seorak (Outer Seorak). Outer Seorak is the more crowded side of the park. While it is close to the sea, it has steeper slopes and less wildlife and plants. Inner Seoraksan is secluded, with less steep peaks and less people.
There are several hiking trails from short day hikes of 1-3 hours (Gwongeumseong Fortress Course and Biryong Falls Trail) that are suitable for beginners, to moderately day hikes of 4-6 hours (Ulsanbawi Rock Course and Daeseung Waterfall Trail). The most challenging trail is the Daecheongbong Peak Course that is recommended to take 2-3 days to complete.

About Seoraksan National Park Hike

We cover the famous Ulsanbawi Rock Course (3.8km one-way). After lunch, if still full of energy for more hiking, we will take a short hike on the scenic Biseondae Rock Course Trail (3km).

Ulsanbawi Rock Course, one of the most popular trails in Seoraksan National Park, offers stunning views. It is a huge granite rock made of six granite peaks that emerges out of the forests. The trail meandered on a paved path by The Great Unification Buddha (Tongil Daebul),  Sinheungsa Temple and a babbling brook to go uphill to the looming granite mountain formations. The uphill trail is nicknamed ‘stair master of hell’, with steep slopes and 800 stairs to reach the top, to be rewarded with breathtaking mountain landscapes.

Biseondae Rock Course Trail is a nice 3km walking trail along a mountain stream from Waseondae Rock. The stream is filled with huge boulders with water cascading down, especially after a heavy rainfall. From the trail, the beautiful views of the surrounding steep mountains and rocky slopes often come into view.  The name ‘Biseondae’ derives from the legend of a fairy who flew up into the heavens while admiring the area’s beautiful scenery. The grand scenery of rocks and cliffs seem like they are touching the heavens, and Biseondae has inspired many poets and scholars through the ages. Some of their writings have been engraved on the rocks and are preserved to this day.

Train with Running Coach ~ Liew Wei Yong

Voted by Run Society as one of the best 16 running coaches in Singapore, Liew Wei Yong is certified in everything from sports management to personality/behavioural assessment, she has been training runners for 15+ years while competing in killer marathons like the Elite Ultra, Gobi and Sahara Desert runs. She is also overseeing training for the Four Seasons Hotel, HP, SWEAT and NTUC running groups. This feisty trainer always finishes marathons within the top 16 and prides herself on being placed first in the Women's Endurance category at the 2015 Sports Hub Stepper Challenge.

We have engaged Wei Yong to provide some training for our run participants. The training will cover:

1) A full and half marathon training program consists of the mileage to clock per day.
2) Tracking of progress every week. Team members are required to submit personal data from tracking devices, such as Garmin, Strava or others. Team members will be advised accordingly, based on each person's data to train effectively.
3) A monthly strength training session. There are 4 training sessions:
1st session: 5 Apr 2020
2nd session: 3 May 2020
3rd session: 7 June 2020
4th session: 5 July 2020
Available Dates Price Qty*
10-14 Sep 2020 $1,480.00 (SGD)  / person  

* You can register up to 12 participants in one go.

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Group size: Minimum 8 people

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive Seoul. Transfer to Gangneung with
Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch tour. In the evening after dinner, take walk along the famous Amok Coffee Street
-/L/Dsea level
Day 2Seoraksan National Park Hike - Ulsanbawi Rock Course and Biseondae Rock Course Trail B/L/Dsea level
Day 3Transfer to Sokcho. With Alpaca Park and Cheorwon DMZ 2 Tunnel TourB/L/Dsea level
Day 4Race day. Afternoon, Manjang Lake Suspension Bridge tour and transfer to SeoulB/L/Dsea level
Day 5Depart SeoulB/-/-


  • Return airport transfer in Seoul
  • All land transfer as in itinerary
  • Sight-seeing tour as in itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
  • Twin/trip sharing accommodation
  • Meals as in itinerary
  • Full/half marathon/10km/5km race registration fee
  • 1 x Ace Adventure trip coordinator
  • Training sessions with a professional running coach


  • International airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fee (if needed)
  • Single Supplement
  • All beverages
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping (est KRW40,000 per person)
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover agent insolvency, trekking up  to 2000m and running event/distance)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • Personal travel, hiking & running gear
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  • Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: travel gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
  • Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated  itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay

Pre-trip support:

1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training program/advise from Liew Wei Yong

We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local partner is one of the most established adventure operators in South Korea.

Grading: Seoraksan - 1A

Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a marathon.

Focus your training effort in the following primary elements of marathon training, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:

  1. Base mileage. Build your weekly mileage over time, running three-to-five times per week.
  2. The long run. Do a long run every 7–10 days so your body can adjust gradually to long distances.
  3. Speed work. Practice intervals and tempo runs to increase your cardio capacity.
  4. Rest and recovery. Adequate rest helps prevent injuries and mental burnout.

Most marathon training plans range from 12-20 weeks. Beginning marathoners should aim to build your weekly mileage up to 50-80km over the four months leading up to race day.