Though the shortest among certification routes, the Ara Bicycle Path offers a handful of scenic stops, curiosities, and architecture. Let’s go take a brief tour.
Eight Scenic Views
- 1st View — Yellow Sea (South Side of the Ara Waterway)
- 2nd View — Gyeongin Ara Passenger Terminal (South Side)
- 3rd View — Sicheon Park (both North and South Side)
- 4th View — Ara Falls (North Side)
- 5th View — Suhyangwon (North Side)
- 6th View — Duri Ecological Park (South Side)
- 7th View — Ara Gimpo Passenger Terminal (North Side)
- 8th View — Ara Han River Waterside (South Side)
Can you read Korean? Click here for a detailed map of the Ara Waterway.
Ever wonder where the name “Yellow Sea” comes from? Year-round — but especially in spring — winds from the west swipe sediment from China’s Gobi Desert and deposits a thin sheet of yellow sand atop the sea’s waves as it blows towards the peninsula.
For millennia, locals on both sides of the water body experienced its extreme oscillations. When water recedes, it exposes an endless mucky underbelly. Ugly for humans. A smorgasbord of slithering creatures for migratory birds.
Passengers visit the western structure to buy tickets for cruise ships that sail the Ara Waterway and beyond.
The Ara Observation Tower (아라타워), twenty-four-story tall lookout deck, pokes out the top of the Operation Center. Visitors can take an elevator up, sip coffee, dine, or view the sunset on the Yellow Sea.
On the canal’s south side, an expansive patio with a bulbous, two-story high cyclist sculpture drenched in clouds dominates. When warm, Sicheon Waterside visitors frequent bike rental shops, miniature Dutch windmills (road view), patio swings, and more park staples.
Built at the same time as the Ara Waterway in 2012, the site’s elongated courtyard contains a large raised pavilion named Suhyangru, with three traditional gates and three smaller pavilions placed around.
The Ara Gimpo Passenger Terminal (아라김포여객터미널) is the Ara Waterway’s main cruise terminal. Its jagged, metal and glass structure forms the starting point of the Hyundai Cruise, whose sixty-six meter long, four deck tall ship sails the canal and Han River.
- Ara Hangang Lock (아라한강갑문), which raises and lowers ships between the Han River’s high and the Ara Waterway’s low water levels.
- Gangseo Hangang Park, a protected ecological paradise on the Hangang Bike Path that supports thousands of flora and fauna species.
- The cable-stayed towers of Haengju Bridge (행주대교) and burnt orange trusses of Banghwa Bridge (방화대교; road view).