southern sites-- more than you wanted to know
Punchy, if you're staying all week you might need a couple of rest days. . . in the heyday of my climbing, my Mom came to visit over Chuseok. Not wanting Mom to think that climbing was more important than her, but not wanting to not bring her to the most oft mentioned place in my e-mails home, we spent the holidays in Sununsan/Gochang. If you don't get here much, Sununsan is a day+ of hiking-- from the Stone Buddhas and Dosal Am (there are climbs in and around!)-- to Sununsa itself-- to the tops of the climbing area (really cool formations-- def go to the top of the "wind tunnnel") and if it rains, hey, hit the tea-fields along the hike behind the campgrounds. I can not wait to see what your eye/camera produces. . . Chuseok is late so you may miss the red and purple late-summer blooms of Sept but instead meet the hordes of photographers lined up for fall colors along the creek!. . . cut out early one? day for sufficient time in the Sauna, it closes early (8:00)!!
If you want more photos and easy hikes, say after a long hard climbing day (or if your mom comes!!), near-by Naejangsan is beautiful in fall. Y'all should stop by Maisan (friggin hard, overanging but amazing setting. . . don't forget a quick hop over the pass for the unique temples and, well, just go!!) and/or Daedunsan (some climbing-- and despite the sign I have an e-mail from a Wansan-gun-Dadunsan official that it's legal. . . saved it so i can e-mail you a copy). . . even if you don't climb the striking ridgeline. Just past the "small entrance" is the coffee bus, a double decker coffee shop run by a Korean who fell in love with coffee in Europe!! If you do coffee, esp espresso drinks it is not to be missed; if not, bet they make a mean tea and did I mention the ridgeline. . .
Sorry I will (most likely) be out when you are here in town!! The climbs in Sununsan and Halmae are among the best (then again, y'all live in Sokcho!!) in Korea, but this region has a lot more, especially if y'all plan to leave Korea for good soon. Don't miss out. Stop by Jeonju if you can spare a city-day. . . the home of Bibimbap has a lot to offer from kitsch to the traditional Hanok Village to bike paths by the river . . . if my directions make sense, check out Siru-bawi, Sangsa-bawi and/or Shilli (3 in a day?!) and take better photos, make better comments, etc. . . the village near Siru Bawi is so traditional (no neon, English PC bangs!) that again, I'd love to see it thorough Greg's lens.
OK, sorry about this. Hope it makes sense and answers your question in some way!
For more info on the actual climbing areas search in Jeollabuk-do on KOTR (or Maisan and Daedunsan parks and Jeonju City). . . PM, e-mail or call if you have specific questions. . .
"If you can't do something well, you might as well learn to enjoy doing it poorly."
-- from a de-motivational poster, but I find it oddly liberating