Bike Sangju to Gumi
Sangpung Bridge is where two paths converge.
- The Saejae Bike Path ends at the bridge.
- The Bike Andong to Sangju route, the opening stage of the Nakdonggang Bike Path, also ends at Sangpung.
From the bridge, the Cross-Country Route and Nakdonggang Bike Path continue south.
Only riding the Cross-Country Route? Just finish the Saejae Bike Path? Grab the Sangju Sangpung Certification Center stamp and continue south along the Nakdonggang Bike Path to Gumi. Don’t worry about riding up to Andong.
Want to avoid a challenging climb? From Sangpung Bridge, continue along the east side of the Nakdong River (directions).
Zoom down a country road, by a settlement and over a 40-meter hill. Follow boardwalks (road view) and a network of farm roads until Gyeongcheon Bridge (경천교). Cross and land at the foot of the Sangju Bicycle Museum (상주자전거박물관).
Built in 2002, it’s the only museum in the nation dedicated to bikes. It costs ₩1,000 a pop and opens 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Inside, find pedal powered contraptions of all shapes, sizes, and eras.
Crowned by a rock-faced cliff with an unparalleled high-angle view of the Nakdong, this famous park offers hiking trails through thick pine forests and by pavilions, a suspension bridge, and camping grounds.
Roll down the hill and back onto the river. A couple hundred meters up the road, meet the Sangju Bicycle Museum.
Sangju Bike Museum to Nakdan Weir
Cycle past a river island with a scenic backdrop and sculpted bridge, a pair of weirs, and snake through short hills.
Continue past the Sangju Bike Museum along the road on the Nakdong’s west bank.
A few hundred meters later, find the double leaping metal awnings of Gyeongcheon Bridge (road view) in the back of a parking lot.
This footbridge takes visitors to Gyeongcheon Island Park (경천섬공원), which was created by the downriver Sangju Weir. The park offers strolling paths and a panoramic view of the Nakdong and surrounding mountains.
Cycle over the weir and find Sangju-bo Certification Center on the other side.
The watergate consists of 230 meters of fixed and 105 meters of movable beams. They regulate river flow, trapping water for farmers during droughts, and releasing it during downpours. Two hydroelectric power plants send 15.9 GWh per year to nearby homes.
Roll around a horn in the Nakdong River, then scoot inland onto farmer access roads (directions).
Ready for a detour? Venture 100 meters off path and find Nagam Seowon (낙암서원), another Confucian academy. First built in 1745, it commemorates three monks and once stored literary engravings (directions).
Back on the bike path, follow blue bike signs around turns (road view) and climb a 90-meter hill.
Ride 400 meters and arrive at the Nakdan Weir (낙단보; Nakdan-bo). On the weir’s north side, find Nakdong Village (낙동리). It sports motels, a bulgogi restaurant, and convenience stores. If it’s dark, lay your head here.
Cross south over the Nakdan Weir and find the Nakdan-bo Certification Center.
The second Four Rivers Project watergate on the Nakdong River, 142 meters of its 286-meter length are movable beams that regulate water flow for nearby farms. Two 1,500 kW hydro plants generate juice for nearby residences.
The next seven kilometers pass three streams that flow into the Nakdong. At each crossing, the cycling route shoots inland and hops a bridge upstream before returning to the Nakdong (directions).
Notice something? The town forms a perfect grid. Why? Locals moved 70 historic hanok houses to this riverside plot after Imha Dam (임하댐) flooded its original location east of Andong City (안동시) in 1991.
Gumi Weir (구미보; Gumi-bo), completed in 2011, might be the most photogenic Four Rivers Project watergate. Named after Gumi City, whose downtown buzzes 16 kilometers south, the weir’s towers resemble two dragons and a turtle, symbols of wisdom and longevity.
While most other weirs keep an observatory on the riverbanks, Gumi Weir’s lookout spot occupies the top floor of the middle, turtle-shaped tower. Visitors can ascend elevators or stairs and use a 360-degree view of the Nakdong to spot rare migratory birds.
Gumi Weir to Downtown Gumi
The next stretch follows the curving waterway through the countryside. As it approaches downtown Gumi City, the route hops onto a boardwalk that hovers over the river.
Fly past Gumi Weir, down double lane cycling paths.
Up for a detour? Between two detours up streams, find an underpass (road view) that leads 900 meters up a hill to Bocheonsa Temple (보천사; directions). Though destroyed during the Imjin Wars, monks rebuilt the temple. It houses an ancient Buddha statue labeled a national treasure.
Continue down the path. Discover an uninhabited island plopped in the middle of the river. Gumi City designated it and its surroundings the Haepyeong Bird Sanctuary (해평철새도래지). Here migrating mandarin ducks, gray herons, and white-naped and hooded cranes rest and grab lunch before continuing their epic flights (road view).
After passing a riverside park, the path veers onto a concrete-topped boardwalk that flies over the edge of the Nakdong (road view). Cycle two of these raised sections then curve around a riverbend until Gumi City (구미시) pops into view.