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Western Routes

Find historic towns along western Korea’s rivers and plains.

Four bike paths in the western parts of Korea create the Western Routes. They follow three major rivers (Geum, Yeongsan, Seomjingang) and five streams.

The Stats

Start
Goesan County
(괴산군)
← 105 km →
6 hours
End
Sejong City
(세종시)
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Daejeon City
(대전시)
← 146 km →
8 hours
End
Gunsan County
(군산시)
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Start
Imsil County
(임실군)
← 149 km →
7.5 hours
End
Gwangyang City
(광양시)
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Damyang County
(담양군)
← 133 km →
7 hours
End
Mokpo County
(목포시)
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Follow five streams through valleys and lush farm fields.

Follow five streams through valleys and lush farm fields.

A historic river carries you past ancient sites towards the western Yellow Sea.

A historic river carries you past ancient sites towards the western Yellow Sea.

Follow the sandy Seomjin River through green valleys to Korea’s southern coast.

Follow the sandy Seomjin River through green valleys to Korea’s southern coast.

Sail the Yeongsan River through bamboo forests and plains.

Sail the Yeongsan River through bamboo forests and plains.

The Ocheon Bicycle Path hops across five streams from the mountainous center of Korea before it slams into the Geum River.

Hugging the Geum River, the Geumgang Bicycle Path passes by historic sites and important cities. The path ends at the edge of the Yellow Sea.

Yeongsangang and Seomjingang Bicycle Paths’ crawl along two Yeongsan and Seomjin rivers and  end at the bottom of the peninsula. While the Yeongsangang path crosses one of Korea’s most culinary rich regions, the Seomjingang explores the nation’s natural wonders.

Ocheon Bicycle Path

The Ocheon Bicycle Path (105 km) splits from the Saejae Bicycle Path. It follows a series of five streams westward under mountains and by farms.

After passing agriculture towns, the Ocheon path collides with the Geum Bicycle Path.

Geumgang Bicycle Path

The Geumgang Bicycle Path (146 km) originates with the Geum River at Daecheong Lake (대청호), just west of Daejeon (대전). The path passes under the special city of Sejong (세종) and by historic forts. The shores of the Yellow Sea (황해) mark the end.

Seomjingang Bicycle Path

The Seomjingang Bicycle Path (149 km) mirrors the Seomjin River (섬진강). The route descends south and ends amongst the islands clumped in the South Sea (남해).

Yeongsangang Bicycle Path

The Yeongsangang Bicycle Path (133 km) follows the Yeongsan River (영산강). It passes through the heart of South Jeolla Province (전라남도).

Historically, the Koreans revere the region for its abundance. Farmlands and delicious food abound along the bike path. You’ll also spot a famous tree-lined road, bamboo forest, and Korea’s only inland lighthouse.

A twenty kilometer stretch of road separates the northern starting points of the Seomjingang and Yeongsangang Bicycle Paths.

The Path

A mix of protected bicycle paths and country roads creates the Western Route. In rural areas, farmers, cyclists, and walkers share the path.

Paths along the major rivers hold dedicated bicycle paths.

Like other routes, major highways pull cars from country roads, leaving room for cyclists. Watch out for trucks and tractors.

Time & Distance

The Western Route bike paths aren’t as challenging as the Cross-Country or East Coast routes. They follow flat terrain and slide between mountains. Complete each in a day or two.

However, three of the four bike paths don’t connect. Because of limited bus service, it’s hard to hop between the northern (Ocheon & Geumgang) and southern (Yeongsangang & Seomjingang) bicycle paths.

The Ocheon Bike Path is the shortest (101.8 km). East-to-west, gravity aids you from a mountainous pass. One and a half days will complete the bike path. Budget two days for a westward climb.

Like the Ocheon path, east-to-west, the Geumgang path (146 km) travels downwards from a higher elevation. Patient riding will complete the course in under two days.

The Seomjingang (142 km; 89 mi) and Yeongsangang (134 km; 84 mi) paths follow rivers down flat terrain. For a sightseeing pace, leave two days for each. Bring your A-game and you’ll conquer each in a day and a half.