Want to explore Korea by Bike? You’re in luck. The country maintains thousands of kilometers of bike paths that follow rivers, sail coastlines, and pass historic landmarks.
About the Routes
The Certification System includes 12 certification bike paths, which I group into four buckets:
- Cross-Country Route (4 certification bike paths)
- East Coast Route (2 certification bike paths)
- Western Routes (4 certification bike paths)
- Jeju & More Routes (2 certification & 2 non-certification bike paths)
Korea by Bike provides a set of guides for each certification bike path:
- A bike path profile which gives a general overview (e.g. Saejae Bike Path).
- City-to-city breakdowns that guide you through one-day rides (e.g. Seoul to Yeoju).
- A Highlights page which profiles the most noteworthy sites.
- A description of the local geography (i.e. The Han River).
- And info about How to Get There.
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The Cross-Country Route follows a series of cycling paths and picturesque country roads from South Korea’s northwest to the southeast tip of the peninsula.
Four separate certification bike paths create the route, each strung together to form a continuous path.
The Han River (Hangang) Bike Path continues the Cross-Country Route. It flies through the capital’s core, offering glimpses at iconic highlights.
In the middle of Korea, the Saejae Bike Path takes over the Cross-Country Route. It ascends two mountain passes near the highest point of an ancient highway. Discover waterfalls, hot springs, and high-angle views along the way.
Dive onto the Nakdong River (Nakdonggang) Bike Path, the last leg of the Cross-Country tour. Wind south down the Nakdong River, the nation’s longest. Zig past eight weirs. Zag around Daegu City. And climb spiky hills overlooking ancient Confucian academies and hanok villages.
East Coast Route
Planners mapped out the East Coast Route in two separate bike paths with a cyclist-friendly 4.8-kilometer gap between them:
Gyeongbuk Bicycle Path
At 122 kilometers, the Gyeongbuk course is shorter than the northern Gangwon Bike Path. But it’s more challenging, traversing a series of spiky hills between sleepy fishing ports.
Four bike paths in Korea’s western regions create the Western Routes. They follow three rivers (Geum, Yeongsan, Seomjin) and five mountain streams (Ocheon). Each explores unique topographies and local cultures.
The Western Routes feature four bike paths. None of them connect end-to-end. But they share similar features:
- The cycling paths explore smaller cities, towns, and quiet countrysides.
- They cross only a handful of challenging hills along their tame waterways.
- Each bike path will take one or two days to complete.
Let’s look closer at them.