Biking in South Korea

Biking in South Korea

Biking in South Korea


Biking in South Korea (mainly Seoul) is becoming even more popular. It’s not surprising with more and more bike paths popping up with great routes to explore.  With such a demanding work culture in Korea, one needs to find a way to escape the stress of the working week.

That’s where biking Korea comes in!

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Our favourite route not to far from Seoul is the Paldang to Hangang route.  Take the train from Cheongnyangni Station in the direction of Yongmun (Gyeongui-Jungang line).  Getting off at Yangsu, Ungilsan or Paldang station will lead you directly onto the bike path.

You can hire bikes at Yangsu station for around 10,000won for a few hours.  But if you wish to cycle back to Seoul via the Hangang River, it’s best to bring your own.

Biking in South Korea

The path looks relatively new and is quite popular for couples and bikers on weekends.  This route is actually part of the 4 ways river path which runs from Busan to Incheon.

There’s plenty of coffee, snacks and restaurant stops along the way making it a delightful ride and a great day away from the hustle and bustle of Seoul.

 

These pics were taken biking Korea on route from Chuncheon to Seoul….

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Google maps will not show the many bike path routes available, so its best to download and use naver maps.  If you don’t read Korean, you will find it a struggle.  But with little persistence you will soon find it easy to navigate your way.

Nothing like the open road to clear the stress of the working week...

Nothing like the open road to clear the stress of the working week…

Another favourite that we recently discovered is Gapyeong to Chuncheon return.  We love this route because is very scenic and makes for a great day cycling.  We basically cycled in a giant loop.  Passing Chuncheon Station, you will bike in the opposite direction and loop back to Gapyeong again.

An interesting stop along the way is the skylark.  It’s a free experience not for those with height fright!

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It’s a long way down!!!


Biking in South Korea

Getting there:

Hangang River in the heart of Seoul can be your starting point for access to any of the cycle routes.  Each one offers a different scenic tour of the city limits and an escape from city life.

Access almost any part of the city by bike using the many smaller routes that entwine the inner city.  If it’s a full days itinerary you’re looking for you can cycle from:

Seoul to Incheon (21 km) in around 1.5hrs.

Seoul to Chunchon (110km) in around 6-7 hrs.

Seoul to Gapyeong (94.9 km) in around 4-6 hours.

Depending on your level and ability of course.  Anyone can enjoy this outdoor activity, with limited biking experience and little navigational skills needed.

For those of you who crave an extended biking adventure you can cycle the entire East Cost of Korea from Seoul to Busan (645km) taking in the wind and the waves of the beautiful beaches along the way.  Or if you prefer to soak up the countryside, you can opt for the 4 ways bike path that connect Seoul to Busan, through the centre of the country. We have done both and can honestly say each route is just as beautiful and rewarding as the next.

 

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