The newly-constructed bicycle route that runs along Korea’s four major rivers— Hangang River, Nakdonggang River, Geumgang River, 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.
The Yeongsangang River bicycle route, which spans 133 kilometers along the Yeongsangang River in Jeollanam-do, is established on the river embankment down Damyangho Lake. In Damyang, the path joins the Metasequoia-lined Road and then the bamboo groves of Damyang Marsh before approaching downtown Gwangju. There, the Yeongsangang River widens after joining Hwangryonggang River, and then passes by Seungchonbo Weir before entering Naju Plain. The path near Seungchonbo Weir is full of canola flowers and pear blossoms in the spring. After passing Juksanbo, the second weir on Yeongsangang River, the path goes through the Naju Image Theme Park where the drama "Jumong" was filmed. The path goes through Hampyeong and Naju and then runs into Neureoji in Muan, which is shaped in the form of the Korean Peninsula, before crossing the Mongtandaegyo Bridge. After that, the path extends along the 10 kilometer-long bank, which is called the Bicycle Highway. The route finally reaches the estuary of Yeongsangang in Mokpo.
Damyang hanu tteokgalbi is made by removing meat from the bone, mincing it and shaping it into a rectangular form. The meat is grilled on charcoal and
dressed with a mixture of soy sauce, pear juice, onion juice, cheongju liquor, sugar, and sesame oil. Or, the meat can be marinated in the sauce for a day. The daetongbap is nutritious rice cooked in local bamboo. The dish is made with non-glutinous rice, glutinous rice, and black rice.
The Yeongsanpo Hongeo (skate fish) Street in Naju has a few restaurants specializing in hongeo dishes. Try a course meal that comes with hongeo-muchim (seasoned skate with vegetables), hongeo-jeon (skate fritters), hongeo-twigim (deep-fried skate), and hongeo samhap (a combo of fermented skate, steamed pork, and kimchi). When eating the hongeo samhap combo, it is best to eat each separately than wrapping them all in one.
The Gomtang Street in front of Geumseonggwan is lined with Naju Gomtang restaurants that have been in business there for several decades. Unlike gomtang soup made with bones in other regions, the Naju version is made with meat, so the broth is more savory. The soup is served with old kimchi and kkakdugi.
In Muan, which is famous for its foreshore, the most delicious meals are the three-legged small octopus, raw mullet, grilled eel, and pork grilled on straw fire.
The Jukhyang Culture Village in Juknokwon in Damyang features a reproduction of Songgangjeong, Myeonangjeong, Sigyeongjeong, Myeongokheon, and Gwangpunggak pavilions of Damyang. The village has three hanok houses offering six rooms that can accommodate up to seven or eight people in each room. There are also a few hanok houses offering homestay accommodations in Samjinae Village. The Damyang Resort Hot Spring in Wonyul-ri, Geumseong-myeon is a family hotel famous for hot spring water containing germanium. It also offers a bamboo charcoal sauna, a bath infused with bamboo leaves, and a swimming pool. There are also hotels and motels in Bukhang accommodation district and Hadang accommodation district in Mokpo.