Cycling in Korea: Where to Ride? Short list of possible Bicycle Routes in Korea
WHERE DO YOU RIDE IN KOREA? THESE ARE A FEW IDEAS TO CONSIDER...
CYCLING DAEGWALLYEONG FROM GANGNEUNG CITY, GANGWON-DO. HWY 456 TO PYEONGCHANG-GUN. This Microadventure is one you won't forget easily. The climb from Gangneung to Pyeongchang-gun is almost 1000 meters, it can be completed in a few hours or less. The route takes you to the top of Daegwallyeong mountain pass, where rest stops serve drinks and light meals. The Windhill Cafe has pasta and hot drinks, in cold weather they serve hot chocolate and warm the restaurant with a wood stove. Nice place to relax for an hour. You can continue South on Hwy 59, and ride toward Jeongseon where railbikes are available for another excursion. Read my blog for a story on the wildlife found in this area, and more images of the trip.
KSPO SPONSORED SEOUL TO SEORAKSAN CRITICAL MASS (2010)
This was a one-time event that I participated in. We cycled toward Sokcho on the East Sea and camped outside Seoraksan National Park at a campground. There were 1000 participants, quite the critical mass one might dream of as a lifetime cyclist.
RANDONNEURING IN KOREA (website for more information) SBS 1000km (75 hours in 2011)
Russell Morris - Korea Randonneur Champion 2011
Gangneung, Gangwon-do Tour. Just a day trip in the area. Dong Seoul Express Bus terminal to Gangneung in 3 hours. Options riding to Gyeongpo Lake, Gyeongpo Beach and either north or South on coastal bike paths, or old Highway 7. See map above for details from the Express Bus terminal in Gangneung City, Gangwon-do. & Have fun!
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Repost: Han River Bicycle Path to Extend to Busan [Cycling in Korea]
Obsolete train tracks along the South Han River have been transformed into a new bicycle path. The 26.8-km path spans the western outskirts of Seoul to Yangpyong in Gyeonggi Province. The nostalgic landscape attracts lots of riders from around the country. What used to be a train tunnel is now filled with passing bicyclists.
A man rides a bicycle along the South Han River. /Courtesy of Ministry of Public Administration and Security
An obsolete train station has also been transformed into a resting place for visitors, where pedestrians can take a stroll around the old railways. The steel bridge of the North Han River has been renovated with a bicycle path too, giving riders the chance to watch the river.
The bicycle path will extend down to Busan along the Nakdong River from November this year. The government is also working on other bicycle paths along two Yeongsan and Geum Rivers, with a view to completing them by next month as well.
With the rapid increase in the number of bicycle riders in the nation, the government says it is planning to construct even more bicycle paths around the country. [Credits: Arirang News]
Old Railway Line along South Han River Becomes Part of Cycling Trail(October 8, 2011)Section between Paldang Station of Namyangju and Yanggeun Bridge in Yangpyeong County transformed into cycling trailPresident Lee and Governor Kim cycle along the trail after the opening on October 8th
◇ Construction of the South Han River Cycling Trail began in February of 2011 as part of the Save the Han River Project, and was followed by its opening just seven months later on October 8th. President Lee Myung-bak and Governor Kim Moon-soo visited the newly opened trail for a bicycle ride.
For the first time in Korea, an old unused railway line and bridge have been converted into a cycling trail along the South Han River in Gyeonggi Province. It is the first sector of a planned 702km cycling trail that will run across Korea.Gyeonggi Province celebrated the opening of the cycling trail.
Two-thousand cyclists from various clubs assembled to witness the opening of the South Han River Cycling Trail.The South Han River Cycling Trail opened just seven months after its construction began in February as part of the Save the Han River Project, using disused railway tracks and a metal bridge. The trail covers a 26.8km-long stretch of old railway line between Paldang Station in Namyangju and Yanggeun Bridge in Yangpyeong County.
The project cost KRW 16.2 billion in government funds, KRW 3.27 billion in provincial government funds, and KRW 4.43 billion from city and county offices, amounting to KRW 23.9 billion in total.
Now the cycling trail that used to connect Seoul and Paldang Station has been extended to Yangpyeong, which is expected to stimulate the economies of Namyangju and Yangpyeong and also to boost the number of cyclists.
The Gyeonggi Provincial Government explained that, once completed, the cycling trail will start at Incheon, run through Seoul and across the South Han River and Sobaek Mountain, follow the Nakdong River and end in Busan. It will be a pan-Korean cycling trail that spans a length of 702 kilometers.
◇ The South Han River Cycling Trail utilizes the out-of-service railway and bridge along the river to create a cycling trail. The trail begins at Paldang Station in Namyangju and ends at Yanggeun Bridge, spanning a 26.8km sector. Guests at the opening event take souvenir pictures before the track’s official opening.
The South Han River Cycling Trail’s greatest charms are the Historic Site of Dasan, Paldang Dam, and Dumulmeori, which exemplify the South Han River’s natural beauty. The old train stations, railway line, and metal bridges that dot the path are worth a romantic or nostalgic visit.
The North Han River Bridge was built in 1939 but destroyed during the Korean War, and was not rebuilt until 1952. Now it is decorated with lights that come on at night, and the tunnel’s interior is illuminated with sensor-controlled lighting to minimize electricity consumption.
A local government official said,
“We were able to cut costs by utilizing already existing structures. There are no steep hills along the trail so it is convenient for the whole family to visit. Not only does it connect Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, but the entire stretch is surrounded by beautiful scenery. I have no doubt it will become one of the finest cycling trails in the world."
The opening ceremony’s theme was ‘Communication (placing roads + new encounters + development)’ featuring bicycle stunt performances, bicycle riding events, cycling group parades, and the South Han River Photography Exhibition.
The President, Governor Kim Moon-soo, and other VIP guests rode their bikes down 9 km of the newly opened track.In his congratulatory speech, Governor Kim said, “The South Han River Cycling Trail is truly magnificent.
Thanks to the Save the Han River Project, the South Han River and the North Han River have recovered their cleanliness, flooding has been prevented, and a nice public area along the river has been created. I am sure the local residents are delighted.” The governor persuaded the President to support Gyeonggi Province’s plan to rejuvenate 2,700 streams and rivers in the province. [Credits: gnews korea]
Big news for touring cyclists in Korea.
KOREA | World Bike Show 2011
POSTED BY CYCLINGIQ OCTOBER 17, 2011
With 20% of South Korea’s population, a sophisticated, health-conscious, consumer market and local government investment of KRW1.833 trillion (EUR1,140,000,000) into public transport infrastructure, Seoul city should seem a logical location for a bicycle exhibition. But why doesn’t anyone go?
"Attention, citizens of Seoul - the 2010 Seoul Bicycle Show is now open. Hello? Anyone there?"
In spite of this peninsula nation sitting comfortably within the top 20 global economies and enjoying the same per-capita GDP as Italy (four times greater than neighbouring China), cycling has failed to capture broad-scale public imagination. In some respects, this is understandable. Any new visitor to Seoul will immediately notice two things after leaving one of the city’s two airports: cars and more cars. There would be few places in the world that appear as unappealing to ride safely on a bicycle.
However, change is underway. 1,200km of new cycling paths, spreading from Incheon in the northwest (one hour drive from Seoul downtown) to Busan in the southeast, are in development under a government-funded initiative to enthuse more of South Korea’s nearly 50 million citizens into healthier lifestyles.
Contemporary working professionals are ditching the ubiquitous golf clubs and heading out on expensive hardtail mountain bikes along the cycling paths of the mighty Han River. Road bike uptake, previously representing less than 10% of the bicycle market, is also increasing noticeably.
Seoul’s über-trendy (and often English-speaking) youth, fibre-optically hard-wired into global trends, are also embracing cycling in growing numbers. The fringe sub-cultures – fixed-gear bikes being a great example – are especially popular with these brand-savvy neophytes.