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Bike Sangju to Gumi

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Follow the widening Nakdong River.

The route from Sangju City (상주시) to Gumi City (구미시) flows southward along the Nakdong River. Along the way, pass several major highlights, including weirs, natural wonders, and a bike museum. End in downtown Gumi City, an advanced manufacturing hub.

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Sangpung Bridge is where two paths converge.

  1. The Saejae Bike Path ends at the bridge.
  2. 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.

Crosses the Nakdonggang Bike Path, but is a stamp of the Saejae Bicycle Path.
70.3 km (43.7 mi) from start
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Sangpung Bridge to Sangju Bike Museum

From Sangpung Bridge (상풍교), continue on either side of the Nakdong River to the Sangju Bicycle Museum. The east side avoids a hill and flows past farm fields. The west path tackles a steep incline, but offers unbeatable high-angle and passes a natural wonder.

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).

Want unmatchable views of the winding Nakdong? Ride the west, “official” bike path (directions).

From the Sangjusangpung Certification Center next to Sangpung Bridge (상풍교) pedal south between the river and farm fields.

After 4.3 kilometers, slam into hills (road view). Climb 70 meters up a steep, switchback path. A platform near the top overlooks the magnificent Nakdong (road view).

Descend inland onto a country road with bike lanes. Ride past Sangju Museum (상주박물관) and its adjacent Traditional Ritual Hall (전통의례관).

Take the first left. Ride a road that cuts through the heart of Gyeongcheondae Terrace (경천대).

76.6 km (Nakdonggang Bike Path)

Just east of downtown Sangju City (상주시) along the Nakdong River hangs Gyeongcheondae Terrace (경천대). It once held the name “Jacheondae,” or “scenery created by the heavens.”

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 200 meters further and find the Donam Confucian Academy (도남서원). Locals built it in 1606 to commemorate Seo-hyeon (선현), a fame monk from Sangju. 

Just another 800 meters around a riverbend, discover Sangju Weir (상주보; Sangju-bo), the first of eight watergates along the Nakdong.

Cycle over the weir and find Sangju-bo Certification Center on the other side.

80.8 km (Nakdonggang Bike Path)

Sangju Weir (상주보; Sangju-bo) is the first of eight Nakdong River weirs built by the Four Rivers Restoration Project (2009~2011).

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.

80.8 km (50.2 mi) from start
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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. 

Land on Jungdong Bridge (중동교). If there is no traffic, pause for some panoramic pics (road view).

Up ahead, the path shifts inland and undulates over high ridges (road view). Flow back down to the river and by the Nakdong River History Museum (map) and a Water Leisure Center (map).

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.

97.9 km (60.8 mi) from start
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Nakdan Weir to Gumi Weir

After Nakdan Weir, the cycling route flattens. It rambles down gentle river bends, past riverside tallgrass, and beside Gumi Weir, a model of design.

Spin along a tree-lined bike path down a wide swoop of the Nakdong River. At the end, clammer down a country road (road view) beneath a hillside with Woram Seowon Confucian Academy (월암서원; 1630) atop.

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). 

Detour! After the last stream, cross under Ilson Bridge (일선교), make a U-turn (road view), and navigate 700 meters (directions) down a country road to Ilsun Culture Heritage Village (일선리문화재마을).

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.

Back on the bike path, plow south along tallgrass lined riverbanks until Gumi Weir (구미보; Gumi-bo).

Find the Gumi-bo Certification Center beside the bike path. It sits near a repurposed shipping container that now sells and certifies bike passports (road view).

119.4 km (Nakdonggang Bike Path)

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.

119.4 km (72.8 mi) from start
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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.

Directions (16.7 km)

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 ducksgray 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.

Pedal a straightaway till Sanho Bridge (산호대교road view). Cross it into downtown Gumi.