Seoul (South Side)

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Seoul (South Side)

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Ride through the highlight packed capital.

All cycling paths in Korea lead here. The big city. There are too many things to do, places to see, and paths to explore. We’ll just stick to the bike path, with a few detours.

Let’s cycle through Seoul!

Check out highlights, an image gallery, and certification checkpoints below.

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Highlights

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Certification Centers

여의도
인증센터
16 km (10 mi) from start
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Yeouido certification center checkpoint stamp for Korea's Bicycle Certification system.
광나루자전거공원
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38 km (23.5 mi) from start
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Gwangnaru Bicycle Park​ certification center checkpoint stamp for Korea's Bicycle Certification system.
A view of the Yongsan District across the Han River in Seoul.
Namsan Tower sits atop Nam Mountain north of the Han River along the Hangang Bicycle Path in Seoul.

Highlights

West to east, we present Seoul’s north side Hangang Parks.

Safe in Seoul

When warm, bundles of Seoul’s 10 million souls beset the cool riverside parks. While some distinguish between bike and leg lanes, many don’t. They weave across lines like your grandma’s stretch stitch.

So keep these safety tips in mind when biking in Seoul:

  • Slow down when approaching a crowded area.
  • Be a defensive rider. Watch out for distracted bikers and walkers.
  • Kids are unpredictable. When you spot one, slow down!

Because of past accidents, Seoul continues enhancing safety in its Hangang Parks by:

  • Creating medians between bike and pedestrian lanes.
  • Adding speed limits (20 km/h) for bicyclists, e-bikers, and electric scooters.
  • Installing roundabouts at intersections.
  • Paving separate lanes for leisurely bikers and high-speed commuters.
  • Placing warning lights to slow riders entering high pedestrian areas.

Han River Bridges

Have biker’s remorse? Want to switch sides? There are thirty-two bridges along the Han in Seoul and nearby ‘burbs.

However, not all bridges are created equal. Only twenty-two (22) include pedestrian sidewalks. And fewer add protected bike lanes.

Which bridges are crossable? Check out our list below.

  • Normal font listings include long detours.
  • Bold listings offer quicker access, but a few obstacles.
  • Highlighted listings provide the best crossing points for bikes.
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Nanji Hangang Park

9.5 km (Seoul (North Side))
17%
  • Length: 3.1 km
  • Area: 770,000 m²
  • Start (West): Nanji Stream Bridge (난지천교)
  • End (East): Hongjae Stream Bridge (홍제천교)
Mangwon Battleship Park hosts three retired worships on the banks of the Han River in Mangwon Hangang Park.
Mangwon Battleship Park hosts three retired worships on the banks of the Han River in Mangwon Hangang Park.

Nanji Hangang Park marks the first northern Han River Park in Seoul.

Along with its sporty neighbor park, mountains of refuse once filled Nanji Park. However, the park recovered and now flaunts its natural beauty.

Let’s get the backstory first, then continue our ride.

Nanji Park Profile

Nanji Hangang Park (난지한강공원) stretches across the Mapo District (마포구) on the northern banks of the Han River. 

Seoulites often group Nanji together with World Cup Park. Why?

First, they’re neighbors. Under and overpasses (road view) allow park goers to flow under and over the bisecting expressway. 

Second, the World Cup built both parks.

Nanji Renewal

Both the Nanji Hangang and World Cup parks inhabit Nanji Island. During the Joseon Dynasty, its fertile soil grew crops aplenty.

But the Miracle on the Han boom years following the Korean War transformed the island.

Like gleaming skyscrapers and top-shelf roadways? No. It gave a home to 92 million metric tons of trash. By the 1970s, Nanji stunk up Seoul’s western outskirts. Until…

FIFA selected both Korea and Japan to host the 17th FIFA World Cup.

Like the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, this spurred Seoul to tidy up its unsavory regions. They didn’t want to look lesser when compared to Japan, their former occupiers.

So Seoul spent billions to contain and bury Nanji’s putrid refuse. Overtop they built Seoul World Cup Stadium (월드컵경기장), Korea’s main World Cup venue, and a network of parks beside.

Residents first used Nanji Hangang Park as a campground. However, in 2009, the Hangang Renaissance Project seized the land and added it to the Hangang Park System.

Yes, those switchback ramps (road view) lead to the Mapo Bridge’s main deck, providing an excellent point to cross the south side of the Han. 

After crossing, a ramp on the south side (road view) leads to Yeouido Hangang Park’s bike paths.

Yes, those switchback ramps (road view) lead to the Mapo Bridge’s main deck, providing an excellent point to cross the south side of the Han. 

After crossing, a ramp on the south side (road view) leads to Yeouido Hangang Park’s bike paths.

Hangang Bridge (한강대교) offers an easy crossing point for bikers and pedestrians. From the north, an elevator (road view) and stairs will snatch you off the bike path. Ramps (road view) on the south side lead to Banpo Hangang Park.

Banpo Bridge (반포대교) provides the quickest path for cyclists and pedestrians across the Han. No elevators, ramps, or stairs. Just a straight shot across the river.

Yeongdong Bridge offers an easy crossing point.

Under the bridge’s north side, stairs (road view) lead to the bridge’s deck. On the south side, a ramp (road view) flows into Jamsil Hangang Park’s bike path.

Other than Banpo Bridge, Jamsil Railroad Bridge offers one of the easiest crossing points along the Han, landing at the intersection of Jamsil and Gwangnaru Hangang Parks.

A ramp (road view) carries you to the top of Gwangjin Bridge. Hop the road (road view) to access the eastern bike lane. (The west side’s walking path forbids bikes.) The bridge lands in the heart of Gwangnaru Hangang Park.

Paldang Bridge isn’t just an excellent crossing point. It’s a part of the Hangang Bicycle Path.

If you rode the South Side bike path though Seoul, you must-cross the bridge. If you traveled the North Side, crossing the bridge would take you backwards along the Hangang Bike Path.

North Side

North Side

뚝섬전망콤플렉스
인증센터
33 km (20.5 mi) from start
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Tteukseom Observation Complex certification center checkpoint stamp for Korea's Bicycle Certification system.
Bridge Observatories

Atop Seoul’s Han River bridges sit ten observatories. Some hold cafés. Others offer observation decks to view natural and cityscape sights.