Hanam City (하남시; map) rests against Seoul’s eastern border on the Han River. The route through the satellite city features riverside parks, an artificial racing lake, and an observatory wrapped around an incinerator.
Hanam City Profile
Cycle Hanam City
Seoul city has ended. But Hanam City carries the final 12 kilometers of Seoul’s South Side bike path (directions). The true finish line is Paldang Bridge (팔당대교; map), where the Namhangang (South Han River) portion of the Hangang Bike Path begins.
Bye, Bye Olympic Boulevard
Cycle down a raised embankment lined with trees. Whip onto a stretch lined with sports fields and green river islands.
Up ahead, Olympic Boulevard, our cycling companion throughout Seoul, hops onto Misa Bridge (미사대교; map; impossible to cross). The Boulevard crosses the Han River and turns into Expressway 60, which ends in Yangyang County (양양군; map) on the East Coast’s Route’s Gangwon Bike Path.
The High/Low Split
Pedal under Misa Bridge and around a bend in the river. Here the bike path splits into two one-way lanes (road view).
- The left lane drops to the river.
- The right lane climbs an embankment.
Be careful! Some velocity chasing cyclists think they can squeeze past you on the narrow lanes. Don’t give way. Let them ring and shout. Passing isn’t safe.
The Alternative Path
Don’t like the lane split? A riverside park arrives after two kilometers. It brings with it a two-way bike path that overtakes the lower one-way bike path (road view).
So now there are three lanes:
- On the embankment: one-way eastbound bike lane.
- On the riverside: two-way, east/west bike lanes.
Feel cramped? Are the angry cyclists too much? Tumble down a set of steps onto the riverside bike paths.
Misa Boat Race Park
Want to check out an Olympic venue? Stick to the one-way path on the embankment.
Today, Misa Gyeongjeong Park (미사경정공원; map) surrounds the retired lake. Its rental stations offer bikes and water crafts for visitors to cruise around in the summer breeze.
Misa Boat Race Park isn’t visible from the bike path. Want to catch a glimpse? Ascend a set of steps up an embankment to peep the old Olympic venue (road view).
- The inclines of Amsa (south) and Mieumnaru (north) Passes.
- The otherworldly design of Some Sevit (south) and J-Bug Culture Complex (north).
- And Hanam Union Tower (south) and Guri Tower (north).
Take the stairs below ground. Find waste burning, sewage treating, and recycling screening facilities. Each day they:
- Incinerate 48 tons of garbage.
- Compress 60 tons of trash.
- Recycle 50 tons of detritus.
- Recover 80 tons of food waste.
- Treat 32,000 tons of sewage.
Hop back on the bike path. We’re on the homestretch.