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How to Get There

Yeongsangang Bike Path
An arborous adventure down a short river.

Yeongsangang Bike path runs down the southwest end of the peninsula. Nearby intercity bus terminals, rail lines, and Gwangju’s subway system give riders three transportation options to get them and their bike to and from the route:

Intercity Bus

Yeongsangang Bike Path’s start and end points offer nearby intercity bus terminals, each with an excellent selection of outbound and inbound routes.

A picture of an intercity bus with the luggage compartment open.
Pop your bike in the luggage compartment and hop on board the intercity bus.

The Start

Damyang Bus Terminal (담양공용버스터미널) is the closest to the start of the Yeongsangang Bike Path. It rests 10.1 kilometers from the Damyang Dam Certification Center (담양댐 인증센터), the first red stamp booth (directions).

It operates both intercity (timetable) express (timetable) buses that venture to Seoul, Daegu, Gwangju, and South Jeolla settlements.

However, few routes flow from Damyang. Only two buses from Damyang visit Seoul’s Central City Bus Terminal (센트럴시티터미널timetable; 11:00 & 17:00). And two buses arrive from Seoul (timetable; 8:10 & 17:10).

Want more options? The Gwangju Bus Terminal (광주종합버스터미널) acts as an excellent transfer station.

  • 13 buses travel from Gwangju to Damyang per day between 7:40 and 22:45 (timetable).
  • 28 buses travel from Damyang to Gwangju per day between 6:56 and 21:35 (timetable)

A thirty-minute journey each way, Gwangju’s intercity (timetable) and express (timetable) buses connect to almost every major metropolitan city and province on the peninsula.

The End

The Mokpo Bus Terminal (목포종합버스터미널) lies 4.2 kilometers from the Yeongsangang Estuary Bank Certification Center (영산강하굿둑인증센터), the finish line (directions).

This jonghap (종합; combined) the terminal sends both intercity (timetable) and express (timetable) buses to Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Daegu, and many more provincial districts.

The Middle

In the middle of the Yeongsangang Bike Path, a huge metropolitan city and a historic town provide useful intercity bus entry points.

Nakdonggang Bus Terminals

Subways

Like Daejeon, Gwangju Metropolitan City owns a single line subway system. (As of this edit, engineers are working on Line 2.)

Cyclists with full-size bikes will find Gwangju’s Metro System less useful.

Subway Line 1 follows an east/west route and crosses under the Yeongsan River and bike path. Two stations sit on either side of the waterway.

Want to take a subway train from the bus terminal to the bike path? Navigate two kilometers of city street to Nongseong Station (농성역). Ride Line 1 five stops and get off at Kimdaejung Convention Center Station (directions). It’ll shave off about five kilometers of cycling.

However, a bike ride from the intercity bus terminal lasts only 7.7 kilometers. It follows a streamside bike path (directions), which might take less time and include more ocular candy.

Here are some rules for riding with a bike on Gwangju’s subway system.

Trains

Don’t like buses? The Honam Line (호남선), named after the Honam Plains where the Yeongsan River flows, flows southwest from Seoul Station (서울역) to Mokpo Station (목포역), where the route concludes.

A picture of a mugunghwa train arriving at a station in South Korea.
Though limited and require reservations, trains offer an alternative way to get you and your bike to Korea's bike paths.

Six train stations sit on or near the bike path, offering plenty of hop-on or hop-off points.

The train stations intersect with the Yeongsangang Bike Path beginning in Gwangju’s Gwangju Songjeong Station, midway through its run.

While Mokpo Station holds the namesake of the destination city, Imseong-ri Station, also in Mokpo, sits closer to the finish line.

Train Trials

Want to ride a train with your full-size bike (MTB, road, hybrid)? You’ll need to book a ticket that includes a bike cradle.

How? Download the Korail app or search their website. Find one of the select trains with bicycle seats and purchase it in advance.

Read our guide to the app here and check bike-friendly train timetables here.

  • Booking online or by using the app requires an ARC number or a kind Korean friend.
  • All bicycle tickets come with a seat for the human and a cradle for the bike in an adjoining train car. 
  • All trains accept folding bicycles. No special ticket. Just compact and stuff it in the luggage compartment.