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Follow Korea’s longest river to the end of the Cross-Country Route.

Korea’s longest certification bike path follows Korea’s longest waterway.

The fourth and final leg of the Cross-Country Route, the Nakdonggang Bicycle Path (낙동강자전거길; map) tracks the Nakdong River to Busan City on the nation’s southwest tip.

The Nakdonggang starts east of the Cross-Country Route. It sails west to the end of the Saejae Bike Path, then carries the Cross-Country Route down the Nakdong River to Busan.

The Stats
Andong City
← 389 km →
20 hours
Busan City
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Pass riverbends and a historic hanok village before meeting the Cross-Country Route.

Discover a bike museum, an island park, and riverside reeds.

A short ride past weirs to Korea’s fourth largest city.

Climb steep hills to view an ancient Confucian academy by the Nakdong River.

A long stroll through riverside parks to the Cross-Country Route’s finish line.

Learn about South Korea’s longest river.

Discover the top highlights along the Nakdonggang Bicycle Path.

Find out how to take a bus, train, or subway to the Nakdonggang Bicycle Path.

Bike Path Overview

The Nakdonggang Bike Path follows the Nakdong River (낙동강; Nakdonggang; map). Unlike the Ara, Hangang, and Saejae, it doesn’t begin where the previous bike path ends.

The cycling route starts 70 kilometers east of the Cross-Country Route in Andong City (안동시; map). It then travels west to Sangju City (상주시; map), where it meets the Saejae Bike Path.

A picture of the Nakdonggang Bike Path and Nakdong River in Hapcheon County, South Korea.
The route from Hapcheon Changnyeong Weir to Bakjin Pass follows guardrail protected bike lanes along a country road high over the Nakdong River.

The route continues south through Daegu City (대구시; map) and North and South Gyeongsan Provinces. It ends in Busan City (부산시; map), where the Nakdong River spills into the Korea Strait.

Most of the bike path tracks the Nakdong River’s gentle downward slope. However, two obstacles make the Nakdonggang challenging.

Let’s check the course, then look closer at the bike path’s hills and paths.

The Course

The Nakdonggang Bike Path has:

  • Two starting points.
  • One finish line. 
  • And several parallel paths on opposite sides of the river.

Let’s break it down.

Are you riding the Cross-Country Route? Do you don’t want the Nakdonggang Bike Path Certification? Just want the Cross-Country certification?

Do you want to conquer the entire Nakdong River and get the Nakdonggang and Cross-Country certifications?

  • Start at the Andong Dam Certification Center in Andong City. It sits 70 kilometers upriver from the end of the Saejae Bike Path. Cycle west until you meet the Cross-Country Route. Then continue to Busan (directions).

Let’s skim Nakdonggang Bike Path’s five sections.

A picture of the Nakdonggang Bike Path (낙동강자전거길) along the Nakdong River in South Korea.
The bike path from Andong to Sangju Cities crosses a variety of path types, including rural and farmer access roads, bike-only paths, and raised boardwalks.

Andong to Sangju

Start upriver in Andong City (안동시; map), a depository of Korea’s old culture. Follow the Nakdong River west. Riding on a mix of bike paths and country roads, pass historic villages, academies, and pavilions.

End at Sangpung Bridge (상풍교; map) in Sangju City, where you’ll rejoin the Cross-Country Route.

Sangju to Gumi

The route from Sangju City (상주시; map) to Gumi City (구미시; map) runs south along the Nakdong River. The path passes major highlights, including weirs, natural wonders, and a bike museum.

End in downtown Gumi City, an advanced manufacturing hub.

A picture of the Bridge of Patriotism (호국의다리) in Waegwan Town along the Nakdonggang Bike Path.
The Bridge of Patriotism was first built in 1944. Its original name was the “Waegwan Railroad Bridge.”

Gumi to Daegu

Gumi Daegu Distance City - Names

The cycling course from Gumi to Daegu is the shortest along the Nakdonggang Bike Path. It connects two of the region’s most profitable cities, while passing weirs and war memorials.

End in an enormous park with architectural flair on the edge of downtown Daegu (대구시; map), Korea’s four largest city.

Daegu to Changnyeong

Daegu Changnyeong Distance City Names

Off into the countryside.

The fourth leg of the Nakdonggang Bike Path presents the largest challenge. Amongst its high, winding ridgelines above the Nakdong, pass weirs and climb three mountain passes. From on top one summit, view a treasured Confucion academy.

A picture of the Nakdonggang Bike Path (낙동강자전거길) along the Nakdong River in South Korea.
The Nakdonggang Bike Path through Yangsan and Busan Cities flow through green, riverside eco parks.

Changnyeong to Busan

Namji Busan - Distance City Names

This last leg of the Nakdonggang Bike Path skips hills. Its vistas sweep along the wide Nakdong River as it meanders through waterside parks.

In Busan (부산시; map), Korea’s second largest city, the river spills into the Korea Strait, marking the end of the Cross-Country Route.


The Nakdonggang Bicycle Path crosses two provinces, two metropolitan cities, and 14 cities and counties. Check out these short profiles of each.


The Nakdonggang Bike Path crawls along the Nakdong River’s gentle slope. But the cycling route presents a challenging collection of hills. Let’s explore the biggest ones.

A picture of the Bakjin Pass (박진고개) on the Nakdonggang Bike Path (낙동강자전거길) along the Nakdong River in South Korea.
Along the Nakdonggang Bike Path, you can’t avoid the country road climb to the top of the 173-meter Bakjin Pass.

Andong City Hills

Climb a pair of back-to-back hills west of downtown Andong City (안동시; map).

The first hill leaps from the banks of the Nakdong River and climbs to a 160-meter peak (directions).

  • Total Climb: a 74-meter ascent over 1.4 kilometers with a 5.3% average incline.

Three kilometers after the first climb, the route rides up a riverside mountain to a 141-meter top (directions).

  • Total Climb: a 52-meter ascent over 843 meters with a 6.2% average incline.
A picture of Gyeongcheondae Terrace (경천대) along the Nakdong River in Sangju City, South Korea.
Gyeongcheondae Terrace: A historical beacon since the Joseon Dynasty, once graced by scholars and legends of dragon horses.

Gyeongcheondae Terrace Hill

On the west banks of the Nakdong, just before Gyeongcheondae Terrace, the bike path navigates razor-sharp switchbacks to a 119-meter summit (directions).

  • Total Climb: a 65-meter ascent over 495 meters with a 13.1% average incline.

You can avoid the hill by crossing to the east side of the Nakdong near Sangju Sangpung Certification Center. However, this route holds a 40-meter hill (directions).

Bike Path Types

A picture of the New and Old Namji Bridge over the Nakdong River in Namji Town, Changnyeong County.
The new orange-trussed Namji Bridge replaces old blue-trussed Namji Bridge, which now carries cyclists and walkers across the Nakdong River.

Korea’s longest certification path, the Nakdonggang Bike Path follows every type of pavement: bike-only paths, farmer access roads, country roads, hiking paths.

Let’s break down the pavement conditions section by section.

Andong to Sangju

The first third of the Andong to Sangju segment switches between bike lanes, farmer roads, and rural streets (directions). The most perilous stretch crosses the entrance to the Andong Hahoe Folk Village (directions; road view).

Near the end of the route, the path follows a series of farm roads. Though devoid of traffic, rough patches and dirt clumps often clutter the roadway (directions; road view).

Sangju to Gumi

Most of the Sangju to Gumi section rides on bicycle-only paths. However, when passing hilly sections, it hops onto narrow, rural roads.

On the edge of Sangju City, two segments pass hills (here and here) and ride along a rural roadway (road view).


There are eleven certification centers on the Nakdonggang Bicycle Path.

Collect all stamps and receive the Nakdonggang Bike Path certification, which counts towards the Cross-Country, Four Rivers, and Grand Slam certifications.

A picture of the of the Nakdonggang Estuary Bank Certification Center (낙동강하구둑 인증센터), the finish line for the Nakdonggang Bike Path in Busan.
The Nakdonggang Estuary Bank Certification Center on Eulsukdo Island is the final stamp on the Cross-Country and Nakdonggang Bike Path on Eulsukdo Island in Busan.

Certification Centers

Here is a complete list of certification centers along the Nakdonggang Bike Path.

  1. Andong Dam (안동댐 인증센터; map
  2. Sangju-bo (상주보 인증센터; map
  3. Nakdan-bo (낙단보 인증센터; map
  4. Gumi-bo (구미보 인증센터; map
  5. Chilgok-bo (칠곡보 인증센터; map
  6. Gangjeong Goryeong-bo (강정고령보 인증센터; map
  7. Dalseong-bo (달성보 인증센터; map
  8. Hapcheon Changnyeong-bo (합천창녕보 인증센터; map
  9. Changnyeong Haman-bo (창녕함안보 인증센터; map
  10. Yangsan Water Culture Hall (양산물문화관 인증센터; map)
  11. Nakdonggang Estuary Bank (낙동강하구둑 인증센터; map)

Missed Certification Centers

Trying to complete the Cross-Country Certification? You don’t need the Andong Dam Certification Center stamp. It lies in Andong City (안동시; map), 70.2 kilometers away from the Cross-Country Route (directions).

However, grab the Andong Dam stamp to complete the Nakdonggang, Four Rivers, and Grand Slam certifications.

The Nakdong River

A picture of the Nakdong River from the Nakdonggang Bike Path (낙동강자전거길) the in South Korea.
Since time immemorial, the Nakdong River was the main artery for the people of Yeongnam, today’s southeastern North and South Gyeongsang Provinces.

The Nakdong River (낙동강; map) is South Korea’s longest. It stretches from the Taebaek Mountain Range in the north and flows like an accented “Ć through Gyeongsang Provinces in the nation’s southeast. It spills into the Korea Strait in Busan City (부산시; map).

Along with the Han, Geum, and Yeongsan, South Koreans revere the Nakdong as one of the nation’s Four Major Rivers. It continues to play an important role in the country’s development.


The Nakdong River flows for 510 kilometers (317 mi). That’s the longest in South Korea, but third on the Korean Peninsula. The Yalu River (압록강; Amrok; map) and Tumen River (두만강; map) meander 790 and 521 kilometers, forming the border between North Korea and China.

Most of the streams and rivers in the Gyeongsang Provinces dump into the Nakdong, including the Yeong (영강; map; 78 km), Geumho (금호강; map; 116 km), Miryang (밀양강; map; 102 km), and Nam (남강; map; 186 km). This gives the Nakdong a 23,384 km² (9,029 sq mi) basin area.

A picture of the Miryang River (밀양강) flowing into the Nakdong River (낙동강) Nakdonggang Bike Path (낙동강자전거길) in Miryang City, South Korea.
The Miryang River flows through Miryang City and into the Nakdong River.


Since time immemorial, the Nakdong River was the primary artery for Yeongnan Region (영남; map), the former name for today’s southeastern North and South Gyeongsang Provinces.

Early states grew using the river’s fertile banks, building larger and larger settlements. But the Silla Dynasty, which seized control in 532 CE, was the first to use the Nakdong’s full potential.


The Nakdong Bicycle Path is Korea’s longest certification path. It features natural wonders, ancient and modern highlights, and eight weirs.

Let’s explore the Nakdonggang Bike Path’s notable highlights.

A picture of Woryeong Bridge (월영교) on the Nakdong River in Andong City, South Korea.
Near the start of the Nakdonggang Bike Path, Woryeong Bridge connects Woryeong Park with Andong Folk Village.

Woryeong Bridge (월영교; map) or Woryeonggyo spans the Nakdong River a kilometer downstream from Andong Dam. Measuring 387 meters long and 3.6 meters wide, Woryeong is Korea’s longest wooden bridge.

A picture of Andong Hahoe Folk Village (안동하회마을) along the Nakdong River in Andong City, South Korea.
Nestled in a bend along the Nakdong River, the 600-year-old Andong Hahoe Folk Village is desiganted a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Andong Hahoe Folk Village (안동하회마을; map) sits 20 kilometers west of downtown Andong City. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and visited by Queen Elizabeth in 1999 and President Bush in 2005, the village offers glimpses at architecture from the Joseon Dynasty (1392 ~ 1897).

A picture of the Sinnakdong Steel Bridge (신낙동강철교) crossing the Nakdong River (낙동강) on the Nakdonggang Bike Path (낙동강자전거길) between in Miryang and Gimhae Cities, in South Korea.
Completed in 1962 and decommissioned in 2009, the Sinnakdong Steel Bridge now hosts the Gimhae Nakdonggang Rail Park and its pedal-powered rail bikes.

Sinnakdong Steel Bridge (신낙동강철교; map) was completed in 1962 and decommissioned in 2009. Gimhae City then transformed the bridge into a rail park. Now tourists can pedal railbikes over the bridge between Miryang and Gimhae Cities just above Busan. Sinnakdong Steel Bridge is one of five bridges clustered along this section of the Nakdong River.

How To Get There

The Nakdonggang Bike Path passes both large cities and rural counties. Only metropolitan cities offer subways. And bike-friendly train stations cluster in a handful of regions. But every district has an intercity bus terminal.

Use these four transportation methods to get you and your bike to the Nakdonggang Bike Path:

Intercity Bus

Like every other certification bike path in Korea, intercity buses provide the simplest way to get to the Nakdonggang Bike Path with a full-size bicycle (road, MTB, hybrid).


The Nakdonggang Bike Path passes two metropolitan cities, each with their own subway system.

A picture of an passenger jet landing at Gimhae International Airport from the finish line of the Nakdonggang Bike Path.
Watch passenger jets as they land at Gimhae International Airport from the finish line of the Nakdonggang Bike Path.


None of the bus timetables fit your schedule? Try a train.

The Gyeongbu Line (경부선; map) travels from Seoul to Busan. It stops at nine stations along the Nakdonggang Bike Path.


Jetting in or out of Busan with your bike? Gimhae International Airport (김해국제공항; map), Korea’s third largest, sits near the Nakdonggang Bike Path’s finish line.