The newly-constructed bicycle route that runs along Korea’s four major rivers—
Yeongsangang River— stretches 1,757 kilometers across the country and takes riders past traditional Korean villages, historical relics, and restaurants with traditional Korean food. Connecting the land from east to west, and from north to south, the route was recently constructed, and is safe for cycling. It also features a variety of convenience facilities including camp sites. The route also features several bicycle rental shops on the way, so visitors can rent a bike and safety gear at affordable prices. Read on and immerse yourself in the scenic adventures of cycling tours around Korea.
Hangang River Bicycle Route(56 kilometers, 3 hours 40 minutes)
The Hangang River is the major river that runs through Seoul from east to west and is a key landmark of Korea. The bicycle route runs along the Hangang. Though it goes against the stream of the river, the route has no upward slopes and is wide, making it a fairly leisurely cycling path. Step on the pedal and enjoy the landscape created by the 24 bridges on the river, the skyline of high-rises, and colorful cruise ships and yachts on the river. The route is linked with the bicycle roads that go to Cheonggyecheon Stream, the four major royal palaces, Yeouido,
Olympic Park, and other major tourist attractions in Seoul.
- Cheonggyecheon Stream
- Cheonggyecheon was a stream running through parts of Seoul from east to west. After becoming polluted during the urban transformation of Seoul, the stream was covered up and hidden by an overpass. A restoration that began in 2003 unearthed the stream, and today, Cheonggyecheon is a popular area for Seoul residents and international tourists. Throughout the year, various festivals and events are held at the stream. On the basement floor of the Korea Tourism Organization building located beside Cheonggyecheon is an
Information Center for foreign tourists. Gwanghwamun Square and Seoul Plaza are both located near the stream, with both offering additional community spaces.
- Insa-dong is a traditional neighborhood in Seoul that is highly popular with tourists. It is a great place to explore traditional goods, antiques, traditional food, and performances. The antique street is lined with shops and street stalls selling artwork, antiques, and crafts. Inside the small alleys, visitors will also find traditional Korean restaurants and teahouses. Various festivals and special events are held year round, so the area is popular for international tourists.
- Namdaemun Market
- Namdaemun Market is a major traditional market in Korea. It is lined with shops selling children's clothes, women’s and men’s wear, accessories, and shoes. The goods sold at street stalls are inexpensive and of good quality, so they are popular among visitors. Inside the alleys, there are many restaurants selling steamed dumplings, noodles, and grilled fish.
- N Seoul Tower
- Rising on top of Namsan Mountain, the N Seoul Tower is a major landmark in the center of Seoul that offers a 360 degree view of the city. It can be reached by cable car, bus or on foot. Visitors can get to the observatory by riding a high-speed elevator. The observatory offers information on the distance and direction to the major cities around the world. Outside the observatory, you will find the “Locks of Love” hanging on the fence. The restaurant on the fifth floor of the observatory is great for dining while taking
in the splendid night view of Seoul.
- Situated in the heart of Seoul, Myeong-dong is one of the city’s most popular shopping districts. The bustling district is a premier spot for the latest in fashion trends and culture, and is also favored by university students and young people. The area offers a range of pricing, and visitors and purchase quality cosmetics, fashion items, bags, and accessories. The district is also a strong draw for Chinese and Japanese tourists.
- Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Gyeongbokgung Palace is the royal palace of the kings of the Joseon Dynasty era. A number of buildings have been preserved in their original form, including the Geunjeongjeon Hall (throne hall where the king formally granted audiences to his officials) and Gyotaejeon Hall (main residing quarters by the queen). Other historical sites located in the center of Seoul are
Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a royal palace that is considered the most beautiful royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty period,
Changgyeonggung Palace from the same era, and
Deoksugung Palace with its beautiful stone wall. A Royal Guard-changing ceremony is organized every day at Gyeongbokgung and Deoksugung palaces for international tourists.
- National Museum of Korea
- Situated in Yongsan, the National Museum of Korea has on exhibit national treasures and numerous cultural assets from Prehistoric times up to modern times. The East Wing houses permanent exhibitions, and the West Wing houses
auxiliary museum facilities and special exhibitions. The Donations Gallery on the second floor features various donated artworks, including those donated by Japanese. The museum is closed on Mondays.