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Bike Andong to Sangju

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Ride the opening stages of the Nakdong River.

So you want to collect all the stamps along the Nakdonggang Bike Path?

Start upriver in Andong City (안동시), a depository for ancient Korean traditions and culture. Follow the Nakdong River west by historic villages, academies, and pavilions using a mix of bike paths, and farmer access and country roads.

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

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Andong Dam to Andong City

Start downstream from Andong Dam. Ride along the Nakdong River into downtown Andong City.

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Begin at the Andong Dam Certification Center. It sits outside of Andong Water Cultural Hall (안동물문화관), near Woryeong Bridge (월영교) northeast of downtown Andong City.

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Woryeong Bridge (월영교) 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. Though the arch trestles under its deck look ancient, builders completed Woryeong in 2003. You can see modernity in the bridge’s concrete pillar base and hand railing.

Nearby rest the Andong Folk Village (안동민속촌) and Folk Museum (시립민속박물관). Andong Dam looms a few hundred meters upriver.

Cycle downriver past the Beopheungsa Seven-Story Pagoda (법흥사지칠층전탑), hidden by a highway sound wall. It’s Korea’s oldest and tallest brick pagoda, rising 16.8 meters.

Dip into a riverside park as you enter downtown Andong. Here Banbyeon Stream (반변천) dumps into the narrow Nakdong.

Cross two water-level bridges. First over the Nakdong River (road view), then over Banbyeon (road view). Continue along the south side of Nakdong.

Just north over the river rises the main population center of Andong City. Andong Intercity Bus Terminal (안동터미널) sits westward over a hill.

At the end of the south side park, the bike path spills onto a country road (road view).

Andong City to Hahoe Folk Village

Conquer two riverside hills as you leave downtown Andong City. Pass the highlight of the region, Andong Hahoe Folk Village.

Ride from the riverside park and onto the country road past downtown Andong City.

Veer left down a country road fork (road view). Climb 73 meters to a 160-meter hilltop (directions).

Flow into farm fields, back onto a country road and climb 51 meters over another hill (directions).

The next 15.8 kilometers follows a mix of bike path, and farmer access and country roads (directions), switching from the south, north, then back south sides of the river.

Along the way, pass Maesol Forest Park (마애솔숲공원), a cliff-side camping park with a micro-museum holding prehistoric relics. 

Near the end of this stretch, travel along a speedy country road with two notable detours:

  1. As you glide onto this road, turn left onto a dead-end access road (road viewdirections). After 2.6 kilometers, arrive at Byeongsan Seowon (병산서원), a UNESCO World Heritage Confucian Academy similar to Dodong Seowon a few cities downriver.
  2. Travel 1.3 kilometers down the speedy country road to a wide junction (road viewmap). Head down this detour and reach Andong Hahoe Folk Village (안동하회마을). Just outside its entrance, find the Andong Mask Museum and restaurants serving Andong’s famed jjimdak (glass noodles and chicken) and salted mackerel.

Buyongdae Cliff

Four kilometers beyond the Folk Village turnoff, roll off Gwangdeok Bridge (광덕교) and find a narrow access road (road viewmap) leading Hwacheon Seowon Confucian Academy (화천서원directions).

Hike a dirt trail beside the temple (road view) and ascend to Buyongdae Cliff (부용대), the best bird’s-eye-view of Andong Hahoe Folk Village.

Hahoe Folk Village to Samsu Pavilion

Glide down bike paths between the Nakdong River and endless farm fields and end at an ancient hilltop pavilion. 

Directions (22.5 km)

After Gwangdeok Bridge, the route forgoes those country roads and sticks to bike paths (directions). Travel uninterrupted by hills and traffic along farm fields and dribbling river currents.

Samsu Pavilion

At the end of this section, discover Samsu Pavilion (삼수정) near the Nakdong’s south banks on top of a hill (road view). Completed in 1420, it was moved and rebuilt three times until it found its permanent home here under a 600-year-old cypress tree.

Samsu Pavilion to Sangpung Bridge

Navigate agricultural access roads as you curl southward with the Nakdong River.

Directions (11.8 km)

After Samsu Pavilion, the bike path hops onto a network of winding, dirt plopped farmer roads. Keep your eye out for blue bike signs as the route takes several turns.

Midway down the stretch, hop onto a country road for 100 meters, then shoot back onto more farm roadways.

Wait! Up for a detour? Stay on the country road for another 2.8 kilometers (directions) and you’ll roll into the Samgang Culture Complex (삼강문화단지).

This riverside plot hosts campgrounds, an exhibition hall, and Samgang Tavern (삼강주막마을). Built at the end of the Joseon Dynasty, the tavern is the last example of the ancient inns that populated the Nakdong, feeding and resting traveling merchants and sailors. And it’s still open.

Back on the farmer access roads, the river and path swivel south onto a straightaway.

At Sangpung Bridge (상풍교), cross to the west banks of the Nakdong River and curl down to the Sangjusangpung Certification Center. Here, the Saejae Bike Path ends and the rest of the Cross-Country Route begins.