Korean Bicycle Path Map Routes

Routes

The complete guide to the bicycle paths in Korea.

Want to explore Korea by Bike? You’re in luck. Korea maintains thousands of kilometers of bike paths. They meander along river paths, sail down rocky coastlines, and pass through historic towns.

Looking for quick jaunts? An epic tour across the country? We’ll give all the resources you need. Below find breakdowns of all the cycling paths in Korea.

We grouped the bicycle paths into four categories: Cross-Country, East Coast, Western, and Jeju & More.

Under each, you’ll find the official bike paths under Korea’s Bicycle Certification System (e.g. Nakdonggang, Ocheon, Bukhangang). If you ride part or all of them, you’ll earn a few awards and a dollop of cycling swagger.

Many of the official bike paths are too tough to conquer in one day. So Korea by Bike provides a city-to-city breakdown (e.g. Gangneung ⟷ Sokcho). In them, we’ll give you info about the area and highlight all the sights.

Better yet, because buses are the best way to travel with a bike in Korea, each breakdown begins and ends with an intercity bus station. This lets you hop on and off any bike path, anytime.

Ride through the heartland of Korea, from Incheon to Busan.

Ride through the heartland of Korea, from Incheon to Busan.

Find rocky coastlines and beaches on Korea’s east coast.

Find rocky coastlines and beaches on Korea’s east coast.

Find historic towns along western Korea’s rivers and plains.

Find historic towns along western Korea’s rivers and plains.

Explore Jeju Island and more bike paths around Korea.

Explore Jeju Island and more bike paths around Korea.

A bicycle only road sign in Korea.
Follow the Blue Lines & Signs

Look down! See a blue line on your path? Good.

Blue lines not only mark protected bike paths. They designated which country, coastal, and farmer roads allow cyclists.

Keep an eye out for blue bike signs, too. They sit at every intersection. On them, a bike icon and arrow will point you in the right direction.

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Cross-Country Route

Ride through the heart of Korea, from Incheon to Busan.

The Cross-Country Route offers a diverse and rewarding ride through South Korea. Start in either Incheon (인천) in the northwest, or in Busan (부산), in the southeast.

The Stats
Start
Incheon City
(인천시)
← 633 km →
34 hours
End
Busan City
(부산시)
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Start at the edge of the Yellow Sea and follow a protected bike path into Seoul.

Easy ride down a canal.

Ride through Seoul. Chug through old train tunnels. And pass by history as you follow the Han River.

Ride through the capital city.

Climb two peaks and gaze upon quaint towns on this short, rural bike path.

Climb mountains in rural Korea.

Follow the Nakdong River around farm fields and bird sanctuaries to the beach city of Busan.

Follow Korea’s longest river.

Beginning in the north, you’ll find yourself on the edge of the Yellow Sea (황해). Follow the Han River through Seoul (서울) and into the heart of Korea.

Hop over a mountainous pass in the middle of the country and join the bike path along Nakdong River, the longest in South Korea. You’ll meander south through Daegu (대구) and into rural farmlands.

The bike path finishes as the Nakdong River spills into the East Sea (동해) at the bottom of Busan (부산), Korea’s second largest city.

The Four Rivers Project established the Cross-Country route in 2012. It created a series of weirs and dams to regulate and revitalize four major rivers in Korea.

The project also created new and bridged local bike paths. This gave cyclists a clear path across the country.

Ara Bicycle Path

The northern start of the cross-country originates in Incheon, Seoul’s sister city to the west. The Ara Bicycle Path (21 km) is the shortest in Korea.

It flies down a narrow canal from the Yellow Sea. The flat jaunt breezes through lively parks and spills into the Han River in Seoul.

Hangang Bicycle Path

The Hangang Bicycle Path (192 km) runs through Seoul and into the middle of Korea.

The certification system breaks the Hangang Bicycle Path in two: the path in Seoul and the Namhangang path beyond.

Through Seoul, the path offers the best views of Korea’s megacity. You’ll pass by the most photographed landmarks, including the National Assembly, Namsan Mountain and Tower, and Lotte Tower.

Just outside of Seoul, you’ll roll into the Namhangang Bicycle Path, the second portion of the Hangang Path. The bike follows Nam (south; 남) Han (한) River (gang; 강) down into the middle of country.

You’ll follow a decommissioned railroad track through tunnels, past King Sejong’s tomb, and onto the toes of a mountain pass.

Saejae Bicycle Path

The Saejae Bicycle Path (100 km) presents the most difficult portion of the Cross-Country Route. The name (Saejae; 새재) literally translates to high pass. You’ll understand as you climb two mighty mountain passes.

At the top, you’ll catch terrific views of tiny towns and rural Korea. Don’t forget to stop by a waterfall or hot springs on your way off the mountain. 

Nakdonggang Bicycle Path

Korea’s longest cycling road, the Nakdonggang Bicycle Path (324 km), follows South Korea’s longest river, the Nakdong River.

The Saejae flows into the path. But the bike road starts about eighty kilometers to the east in the city of Andong (안동), where the Nakdong River originates.

You don’t need the Andong portion of the path to complete the Cross-Country certification. However, you’ll need it to complete the Four Rivers, Grand Slam, and Nakdonggang certifications.

The Nakdonggang Bicycle Path hugs both sides of the wide river. It passes by Daegu (대구), Korea’s third largest city, national parks, an ancient Confucian academy, and futuristic weirs.

After flowing around wide bends, a few tall hills spice up the path, giving spectacular views of the river.

The Nakdong River spills into the South Sea (남해) in Busan (부산). Atop a delta at the mouth of the river, you’ll find a bird sanctuary and the final Certification Checkpoint.

The Paths

Other than the Saejae Bicycle Path, cyclists can enjoy protected bike paths for most of the journey.

Beware of large cities in peak season. Paths get crowded. Mobs of cyclists and meandering couples equal traffic jams and path rage.

When not on protected paths, the route follows country roads. Long ago, major highways siphoned off traffic. But beware of local bongo trucks and sightseeing SUVs.

Many of the bike paths are multipurpose. Farmers use the bike paths to move farming equipment and access their fields. Big tractor tires sometimes pull clumps of mud onto the asphalt.

Time and Distance

The Cross-Country Route has both the longest (633 km; 393 miles) route and the steepest ascent (539-meter; 1768 ft).

Strong cyclists averaging over 20 km/h (12 mph) over ten hours could complete the course in three to four days.

For a sightseeing pace, (12 km/h; 8 mph), budget six to eight days. You’ll have plenty of time to take breaks, discover delicious food, and capture those selfies.

Your total cycling distance may vary. Often the bike paths flow down both sides of the Han and Nakdong Rivers.

The Nakdonggang Bicycle Path begins with an eighty kilometer detour from the city of Andong (안동). You won’t need to complete this path to receive a Cross-Country certification.

Remember, bus terminals dot the bike paths. You can jump on and off and complete the route in sections.

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East Coast Route

A bike tour of Korea’s east coast, through ocean spray and along rocky ridges.

The East Coast Route travels up the shores of the East Sea. Start in either Yeongdeok (영덕) in the south, or in the small town of Daejin (대진) in the north.

The Stats
Start
Yeongdeok County
(영덕군)
← 343 km →
20 hours
End
Goseong County
(고성군)
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A short path by fishing villages, seascapes, and giant crab statues.

A short path by fishing villages, seascapes, and giant crab statues.

A scenic path over hills, passed beaches, through resorts, and ending at the DMZ.

A scenic path over hills, passed beaches, through resorts, and ending at the DMZ.

Beginning in the south, you’ll pass by quiet fishing villages. A challenging series of hills brings outstanding views of the rocky coastline.

In the north, you’ll follow the Romantic Road from beach to beach, wind around resort towns, and up rocky coastlines.

Rusted barbed wire and fences lead you north to the town of Daejin (대진). The final checkpoint sits outside a museum thirty kilometers from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

Two bicycle paths create the East Coast Route.

Gyeongbuk Bicycle Path

The Gyeongbuk Bicycle Path (76 km) begins in the town of Yeongdeok (영덕), seated on the bottom third of the coast.

The area gains its fame from king snow crabs. Statues of the beasts greet cars full of hungry tourists during Chuseok.

The short bicycle path travels country roads up and down steep inclines. Atop, you’ll spot glass bottom piers, quiet fishing ports, and fish-shaped bridge.

Gangwon Bicycle Path

The Gangwon Bicycle Path (242 km) is the second longest in Korea. A series of steep hills makes it the most difficult and rewarding.

The Gyeongbuk path doesn’t officially connect with the Gangwon path. But follow the blue line north and you’ll join the north path.

After some detours over inland hills, the path spills into the twin cities of Samcheok (삼척) and Donghae (동해). A tale of two cities, Samcheok’s rail bike and cable car bring tourists. Donghae’s industrial ports and military base bring jobs.

Beyond Samcheok, the Romantic Road carves north. Rocky coastlines bring lovers and families.

Hotels, surf shops, and restaurants fill every seaside inch in the resort cities of Gangneung (강릉) and Sokcho (속초). In the summer, tourists hop across the road, from hot sand to air conditioning.

Traffic thins and military outposts multiply in the north. Farms take over near Goseong County (고성). Offshore islands and rocky outcrops dot the seascape.

The town of Daejin (대진) holds the easternmost point of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The bicycle path ends at a museum and military roadblock. To visit the Goseong Unification Observation Tower and spot the border, book a tour.

The Paths

The East Coast Route contains a mix of sidewalk, protected bike lanes, and coastal roads.

Near Yeongdeok (영덕) and Uljin (울진) in the south, the route rides coastal roads. No sidewalks or protected bike paths. When wide enough, blue lines carve out a lane for cyclists.

However, an expressway pulls most of the cars off these slow, winding coastal roads. Just keep a lookout for a few local fisherfolk and the touring SUVs.

Near the resort towns of Sokcho (속초) and Gangneung (강릉), sidewalks and dedicated bike paths create the route. Along beaches, follow adjacent roads.

Time & Distance

At 343 kilometers (213 miles), the East Coast Route is half the Cross-Country Route. However, a series of steep hills sprinkled throughout make it more challenging and rewarding.

Active cyclists might storm beaches and hills in three or four days. Though, traffic around popular tourist spots may slow progress.

Want to take a dip? Lay out for a suntan? Allow five or six days to complete the route. You’ll be able to check out the Deungisan Skywalk or Samcheok Ocean Rail Bike.

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Western Routes

Find historic towns along western Korea’s rivers and plains.

Four bike paths in the western parts of Korea create the Western Routes. They follow three major rivers (Geum, Yeongsan, Seomjingang) and five streams.

The Stats
Start
Goesan County
(괴산군)
← 105 km →
6 hours
End
Sejong City
(세종시)
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Start
Daejeon City
(대전시)
← 146 km →
8 hours
End
Gunsan County
(군산시)
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Start
Imsil County
(임실군)
← 149 km →
7.5 hours
End
Gwangyang City
(광양시)
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Damyang County
(담양군)
← 133 km →
7 hours
End
Mokpo County
(목포시)
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Follow five streams through valleys and lush farm fields.

Follow five streams through valleys and lush farm fields.

A historic river carries you past ancient sites towards the western Yellow Sea.

A historic river carries you past ancient sites towards the western Yellow Sea.

Follow the sandy Seomjin River through green valleys to Korea’s southern coast.

Follow the sandy Seomjin River through green valleys to Korea’s southern coast.

Sail the Yeongsan River through bamboo forests and plains.

Sail the Yeongsan River through bamboo forests and plains.

The Ocheon Bicycle Path hops across five streams from the mountainous center of Korea before it slams into the Geum River.

Hugging the Geum River, the Geumgang Bicycle Path passes by historic sites and important cities. The path ends at the edge of the Yellow Sea.

Yeongsangang and Seomjingang Bicycle Paths’ crawl along two Yeongsan and Seomjin rivers and  end at the bottom of the peninsula. While the Yeongsangang path crosses one of Korea’s most culinary rich regions, the Seomjingang explores the nation’s natural wonders.

Ocheon Bicycle Path

The Ocheon Bicycle Path (105 km) splits from the Saejae Bicycle Path. It follows a series of five streams westward under mountains and by farms.

After passing agriculture towns, the Ocheon path collides with the Geum Bicycle Path.

Geumgang Bicycle Path

The Geumgang Bicycle Path (146 km) originates with the Geum River at Daecheong Lake (대청호), just west of Daejeon (대전). The path passes under the special city of Sejong (세종) and by historic forts. The shores of the Yellow Sea (황해) mark the end.

Seomjingang Bicycle Path

The Seomjingang Bicycle Path (149 km) mirrors the Seomjin River (섬진강). The route descends south and ends amongst the islands clumped in the South Sea (남해).

Yeongsangang Bicycle Path

The Yeongsangang Bicycle Path (133 km) follows the Yeongsan River (영산강). It passes through the heart of South Jeolla Province (전라남도).

Historically, the Koreans revere the region for its abundance. Farmlands and delicious food abound along the bike path. You’ll also spot a famous tree-lined road, bamboo forest, and Korea’s only inland lighthouse.

A twenty kilometer stretch of road separates the northern starting points of the Seomjingang and Yeongsangang Bicycle Paths.

The Path

A mix of protected bicycle paths and country roads creates the Western Route. In rural areas, farmers, cyclists, and walkers share the path.

Paths along the major rivers hold dedicated bicycle paths.

Like other routes, major highways pull cars from country roads, leaving room for cyclists. Watch out for trucks and tractors.

Time & Distance

The Western Route bike paths aren’t as challenging as the Cross-Country or East Coast routes. They follow flat terrain and slide between mountains. Complete each in a day or two.

However, three of the four bike paths don’t connect. Because of limited bus service, it’s hard to hop between the northern (Ocheon & Geumgang) and southern (Yeongsangang & Seomjingang) bicycle paths.

The Ocheon Bike Path is the shortest (101.8 km). East-to-west, gravity aids you from a mountainous pass. One and a half days will complete the bike path. Budget two days for a westward climb.

Like the Ocheon path, east-to-west, the Geumgang path (146 km) travels downwards from a higher elevation. Patient riding will complete the course in under two days.

The Seomjingang (142 km; 89 mi) and Yeongsangang (134 km; 84 mi) paths follow rivers down flat terrain. For a sightseeing pace, leave two days for each. Bring your A-game and you’ll conquer each in a day and a half.

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Jeju & More Routes

Explore Korea’s Hawaii, the romantic city, and more regional bike paths.

Jeju & More Routes includes two Bike Certification paths (Jeju Fantasy and Bukhangang) another route along the east coast, and unofficial bike paths through popular cities.

The Stats
Start
Jeju City
(제주시)
← 234 km →
13 hours
End
Jeju City
(제주시)
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Namyangju City
(남양주시)
← 70 km →
4 hours
End
Chuncheon City
(춘천시)
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Explore beaches and resorts as you circle Jeju, Korea’s island destination.

Explore Korea’s Hawaii.

Follow the North Han River through valleys to Chuncheon, Korea’s romantic city.

Ride Korea’s romantic city.

These bike paths encompass a diverse range of landscapes and regions. The Jeju Fantasy bike path circles Korea’s largest island.

The Bukhangang path splits from the Cross-Country Route and follows the North Han River to Chuncheon (춘천), Korea’s romantic city.

More Bike Paths explores bike routes not a part of the certification system. You’ll complete the east coast journey and discover local bike paths in popular cities, like Seoul and Gyeongju (경주).

Jeju Fantasy Bicycle Path

The Jeju Fantasy Bicycle Path (234 km) circles the island of Jeju (제주도). Known as Korea’s Hawaii, the island is a domestic destination for Korean’s looking for sunshine and beaches. 

The official bike path starts in Jeju City (제주시) and rounds the island. Stop to check out a volcanic cone and dozens of beaches.

Bukhangang Bicycle Path

Just beyond Seoul, the Bukhangang Bike Path branches off from the Cross-Country Route. It meanders up the North Han River (북한강; Bukhangang) up to Korea’s self-declared Romantic City, Chuncheon (춘천).

The path passes through popular excursion zones. Seoulites escape the metropolitan jungle to ride the tourist railroads and eat local cuisine.

A famous commuter train lets you hop on and off the path. (Bus terminals sit far from the path.)

More Bicycle Paths

Korea’s Certification System passes unique and beautiful parts of South Korea. But there’s more. Much more. More Bike Paths explores these stunning paths.

Take a ride in Haeundae (해운대해수욕장), Korea’s most famous beach. Follow the beautiful river in the center of Ulsan (울산), the city where Hyundai make their cars.

East Coast Part II completes the east coast journey. You’ll pick up where the East Coast Route leaves off, in the city of Yeongdeok (영덕). It continues down the coast to Korea’s second largest city, Busan (부산).

The Paths

The third longest ride in the certification system, Jeju Fantasy Bicycle Path presents a challenge. It follows a mix of country and protected bike lanes up and down hills.

Most of the Bukhangang Bike Path follows a protected bike.

Time & Distance

Jeju Fantasy Bike Path climbs a couple hundred-meter peaks. At 233 kilometers, a casual pace might last three to four days. A focused ride will circle the island in two.

Other than a modest hill, the Bukhangang Bike Path sails along level ground. A leisurely rider can finish the 70 kilometers (44 mi) in a day.