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Samcheok Ocean Railbike gives riders a unique East Coast tour!
The coastline along the East Sea is characterized by expansive beaches, cozy seaside communities, and dynamically changing scenery. Running against this splendid backdrop is the Samcheok Ocean Railbike, a specially-designed, four-wheel bike that gives riders an intimate look at the area’s seaside splendor. Take a gentle pedal along the tracks as you feel the fresh wind blowing through the lush pine trees groves. The tour also has a more modern side; as you pass through each tunnel, you’ll be treated to a fantastic laser light show. Don’t miss out on this unique touring experience, a perfect combination of the beauty of nature and the wonders of modern technology.

The Samcheok Ocean Railbike Tour is 5.4 kilometers long. The tour starts from Gungchon Station (궁촌역), stops at the Chogok Rest Area (초곡휴게소), goes through Chogok Tunnel (초곡터널), Chogok Tunnel 2, and the Yonghwa Tunnel (용화터널) before reaching its final destination at Yonghwa Station (용화역) 40 minutes later. The specially-designed Railbike can seat two to four people and comes equipped with a small motor that kicks in during the uphill portions of the route. The maximum speed of the Railbike is 20 kilometers.
Captivating views of pines and the indigo-blue sea
Soon after you begin your journey, you’ll come across a beach surrounded by a lush grove of pine trees alongside a turquoise blue ocean and sparkling white sand. As the bike begins to pick up speed, the sea breeze feels stronger and more refreshing. After riding along past numerous scenic points, you’ll find yourself at Chogok Rest Area, where you can get off the bike and take a break by visiting the observation deck or taking a look at the various sculptures. After a short 15-minute rest, climb back aboard to complete your journey. Pedal along past another pine forest to reach the Chogok Tunnel 2 featuring dioramas of the beautiful landscape of Samcheok.
Charming underwater world in illuminated tunnels
As the Railbike enters Chogok Tunnel 2, you will be greeted by what many consider the highlight of the ocean Railbike Tour: a colorful show of lights and lasers illuminating the dark tunnel interior. The 1.5-kilometer-long tunnel is dotted with various illuminated dioramas, lanterns, LEDs, and lasers. Images of dolphins and fish swimming and blue lighting transport visitors of all ages into this magical underwater world. Chogok Tunnel 2 ends in a brilliant display of lasers and LED lights as the Railbike passes through the Milky way Galaxy and a fleet of brightly shining stars.

The last tunnel is Yonghwa where the light show continues. Here you’ll find a rainbow of colors straight out of a fairytale. This grand finale is a breathtaking show of light and color sure to astound!

The last destination of the Railbike tour is Yonghwa Station. The Yonghwa Beach nearby is small, but clean and quiet. Tucked out of the way, the beach is free from summer crowds and allows visitors to explore the area at a leisurely pace. The Yonghwacheon Stream flows to one side of the beach and the adjacent pine grove is perfect for a shaded stroll. One both sides of the crescent-shaped beach are clustered of uniquely-shaped rocks that add the final scenic touch to this awe-inspiring scene.
 
Nearby attractions : Hwanseongul Cave, Daegeumgul Cave, Janghohang Port
Samcheok is home to a number of old caves that took many years of excavation before they could be revealed to the world. Hwaseongul Cave is the largest limestone cave in Asia. Located in a mountain at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level, the cave is 6.2 kilometers long. Hidden inside the cave are series of stalactites, a dozen of small lakes, and six waterfalls. Daegeumgul Cave can be accessed by monorail, which goes as far as 140 meters inside the cave. Near Janghohang Port, visitors can enjoy a beautiful coastline, a white sandy beach, interesting rock formations, and a variety of seafood dishes.
 
Visitor information
Route: 5.4km along the coast from Gungchon-ri to Yonghwa-ri in Samcheok
Travel Time: 35 - 40 minutes
Departure: Gungchon Station (Gangwon-do Samcheok-si Geundeok-myeon, Gungchon-ri 146-10) / Yonghwa Station (Gangwon-do Samcheok-si Geundeok-myeon, Yonghwa-ri 14-6)
One-way fare: 30,000 won for four people, 20,000 won for two people
Reservation: Log in at the official site (www.oceanrailbike.com) to make a reservation (Korean)
* Those interested in riding the Samcheok Ocean Railbike must make reservations in advance via the official site (currently available in Korean only). Non-Korean speakers are encouraged to ask a friend or travel agent for assistance in making reservations.
Tel: 033-576-0656 (Korean)
Korea Travel Phone: +82-33-575-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
To get there:
Seoul → Samcheok
Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Subway Line 3, Express Bus Terminal Station)-> Samcheok Express Bus Terminal (travel time: 3 hours, 30 minutes; first bus at 06:30, last bus at 23:30; bus departs every 40 minutes; fare: 15,900 won-25,700 won)

Samcheok → Gungchon station → Yonghwa Station
Take Bus 23 or 24 at Samcheok Express Bus terminal (travel time: 20 minutes).
Official site of Tourism in Samcheok http://eng.samcheok.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Date 08/17/2010



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