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Recommended Bicycle Trails in Seoul
Seoul offers a very different landscape when traversed on bike, giving riders a more intimate look at the Hangang River and the forest areas of Seoul. Though the following paths will mostly take you through the capital’s pockets of nature, you’ll also be treated to glimpses into the lives of the average Seoul citizen. So lace up your comfiest shoes and get ready for a refreshing bike ride around Seoul!
Hongjecheon-gil Road to Mount Bukhansan

Of all the roads connecting Hangang River to downtown Seoul, the most beautiful is Hongjecheon-gil Road. As you pedal into town, Mount Bukhansan majestically rises up from the horizon. Along the way you’ll pass many mountain peaks (such as Hyeongjebong Peak) and quaint houses scattered along the foothills. A pleasant ride with lots to see, this particular course gives you a nice balance of mountain scenery and local life.

Since the road is rather narrow, this course is best avoided by beginner bikers. However, there are many places to stop and take a rest such as benches and a sports park, so as long as you have good balance you won’t need to worry too much about stamina. If you have the time and a little extra endurance, go slightly off course for a ride through one of the surrounding neighborhoods or stop for a quick cup of coffee in a quiet café. The rock wall near the Seodaemun District Office, in particular, is a great place to take a rest and enjoy the great view.

If you don’t have a bike and want to take the Hongjecheon-gil Bike Route, start by renting a bike at the Nanji Hangang Park. Ride past Haneul Park and the World Cup Park, taking in the scenery as you go. Though a picturesque ride throughout the entire year, the reed fields in the area are particularly stunning in the fall. The entire route (from the Nanji District to where the road ends at the Hongje Intersection) takes about 1.5 hours to 2 hours and is roughly 7.5km long. Starting from the World Cup Park, you can also ride along the Bulgwangcheon Stream (a tributary of the Hongjecheon Stream) up to Eungam Station (subway line 6).

If you’re a hardcore mountain biker, you might want to try the mountain biking (MTB) course at Nanji Hangang Park. The 450m course gives you the thrill of real mountain biking and comes equipped out with jump ramps, a seesaw, wooden stairs, and more. Any biker with appropriate safety gear is welcome to use the course free of charge (charges apply for large groups). To get there, start at exit 7 of Mapogu Office Station (subway line 6) and go 1,300m towards Hangang River along the Hongjecheon Stream.
☞ Departure: Nanji Hangang Park  
Mapo Office Station (Subway line 6), Exit 7: 1,300m towards Hangang River.
World Cup Stadium Station (Seoul Subway Line 6): 2km in the direction of the World Cup Ramp Bridge.
☞ Bike rentals: Hangang Riverside Park (Nanji District), in front of the Bicycle Park.
Cost: 3,000 won per hour (one-person bike) / 6,000 won per hour (two-person bike).
*You must leave a valid photo ID at the rental desk for the duration of your ride.
☞ Hours: 09:00-19:00 (May-August), 09:00-18:00 (March, April, September, October), 09:00-17:00 (January, February, November, December)
☞ MTB Course: Hangang Riverside Park (Nanji District), in the Bicycle Park.
Admission fee: Individuals - FREE / Groups: 50,000 won/day, available up to 4 hours/day
☞ Hours: 09:00-17:00 (may change by season)
☞ 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Gangbyeonbungno-gil Road through Seoul Forest
A ride along Gangbyeonbungno-gil Road (the road along the northern banks of the Hangang River) will introduce you to the inner parts of old Seoul. This route is particularly suited for those hoping to get a feel for the city of Seoul as it was before major developments and modernization.

The bicycle trail on Gangbyeonbungno-gil starts at Ttukseom Hangang Park and offers two route options: a short bike course and a longer bike course. To take the shorter ride, pass by Jamsildaegyo Bridge and Olympicdaegyo Bridge to Gwangjingyo Bridge. For a longer journey, go first in the direction of Banpogdaegyo Bridge. The road to Gwangjingyo Bridge, which used to be a ferry, is lined with willow trees, making the ride even more refreshing.

The trail towards Banpodaegyo Bridge passes by the Seoul Forest, a thick wooded retreat, complete with bicycle trails and located smack-dab in the city. There are forty or so species of trees, including oak and wild cherry trees, which provide a habitat for the local wildlife.

The Gangbyeonbungnogil route is relatively quieter than the bicycle trail along the south of the Hangang River. It takes about an hour from the Hangang Riverside Park in the Ttukseom District to Gwangjingyo Bridge, and 1 hour and 40 minutes to 2 hours to Banpodaegyo Bridge.

☞ Departure: Ttukseom Hangang Park
Ttukseom Resort Station (Subway Line 7), Exit 2 or 3, 20m.
Geondae Ipgu Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 3, 1,000m.
☞ Bicycle rental: Ttukseom Resort Station (Subway Line 7), Exit 2 or 3, next to exit.
Cost: 3,000 won per hour (one-person bike) / 6,000 won per hour (two-person/tandem bike)
*You must leave a valid photo ID at the rental desk for the duration of your ride.
☞ Hours: 09:00-19:00 (May-August), 09:00-18:00 (March, April, September, October), 09:00-17:00 (January, February, November, December)
☞ 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Yeouido - Olympicdaero-gil Road – Top bicycle trail

Yeouido is considered the Mecca for bicycle riding in Seoul. The road from Yeouido along the Olympic Road (southern banks of the Hangang River) is always bustling with people and the course from Yeouido past Gangnam to Amsa-dong (25km) is frequented by bicycle riders, marathon runners, and inline skaters, particularly on the weekends. Since these courses are flat and well-paved, they are a good option for beginner bike riders as well.

Starting from Yeouido and traveling along the Olympic Road, you’ll go past the 17 bridges that go across the Hangang River as well as travel through numerous riverside parks. Though far from a solitary ride, it’s somehow heartwarming to see others out too, enjoying the river. Even when the Olympic Road is congested, the parallel bicycle road has a good flow, so this route is also a favorite among commuters. The road from Yeouido to Amsa-dong is 25 kilometers long and takes 4 to 5 hours round trip. Though long, the road is quite interesting and worth trying.
☞ Departure: Yeouido Hangang Park
Yeouinaru Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 2 or 3, 100m.
Saetgang Station (Subway Line 9), Exit 4.;;
☞ Bicycle rental: Southern end of Wonhyodaegyo or Mapodaegyo bridges.
Cost: 3,000 won per hour (one-person bike) / 6,000 won per hour (two-person/tandem bike)
*You must leave a valid photo ID at the rental desk for the duration of your ride.;
☞ Hours: 09:00-19:00 (May-August), 09:00-18:00 (March, April, September, October), 09:00-17:00 (January, February, November, December)
☞ 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Yangjecheon-gil Road – Affluent Gangnam area

The road from Jamsil along Yangjecheon Stream goes through Gangnam in Seoul, passing by the Seoul Sports Complex (Jamsil) and high-rise apartments, and stretching all the way to the Yangjae Citizens' Park. Though more of a city route than others, the road is well-paved, making for a smooth ride.

Start at the Jamsil Hangang Park and turn left past the Jamsil Stadium onto Yangjecheon-gil Road. After about 10 minutes you’ll come upon the wetland area (Hangnyeoul Ecology Park) where Yangjecheon and Tancheon streams meet. Past the small wetlands, you will see high-rises apartments beyond the banks of Yangjecheon Stream.

The road ends at Yangje Citizen's Forest, which has plenty of groves or trees and bike paths for you to explore. The course from the Hangang Riverside Park in Jamsil District to Yangje Citizen's Forest is 7.5 kilometers long and takes about 1.5 hours.
☞ Departure: Jamsil Hangang Park
Seongne Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 3 or 4, 400m from exit.
Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2 or 8), Exit 6, 800m from exit.
☞ Bicycle rental: In front of Jamsil Ferry.
Cost: 3,000 won an hour (one-person bike) / 6,000 won an hour (two-person/tandem bike).
*You must leave a valid photo ID at the rental desk for the duration of your ride.
☞ Hours: 09:00-19:00 (May-August), 09:00-18:00 (March, April, September, October), 09:00-17:00 (January, February, November, December)
☞ 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Jungnangcheon-gil Road full of charms

The Jungnangcheon-gil Road runs through the Gangbuk area of Seoul. Unlike Hongjecheon and Yangjecheon streams, the Jungnangcheon Stream is wide, so riding along it feels like riding along a tributary of the Hangang River. Going up along the Jungnangcheon-gil Road, you’ll be able to get a sense of the Gangbuk area changed over time.

Along the upper parts of Jungnangcheon Stream, a view of Buramsan, Dobongsan, and Suraksan mountains come into view beyond the apartment complexes. As you continue on you’ll find that, opposed to continually running parallel to the river, the road crosses the stream several times, adding a more interesting twist to the trip.

You want to start from Ttukseom Hangang Park or Seoul Forest. When you first enter the Jungnangcheon Stream area, you’ll need to use the road on the west side of the river, but once you’re past Gunjagyo Bridge you can use the path on either side of the stream. Past Wolgyegyo Bridge, the road on the west side becomes quiet as there is less traffic. From the Ttukseom district to the edge of Seoul is about 25 kilometer and takes about 4 hours roundtrip.
☞ Departure: Seoul Forest or Ttukseom Hangang Park
Seoul Forest: Ttukseom Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 8, 15-min walk.
Hangang Riverside Park (Ttukseom): Ttukseom Resort Station (Subway Line 7), Exit 2, 3. 20m
☞ Bicycle rental: Ttukseom Resort Station, (Subway Line 7), Exit 2 or 3, next to exit.
Cost: 3,000 won an hour (one-person bike) / 6,000 won an hour (two-person bike).
*You must leave a valid photo ID at the rental desk for the duration of your ride.
☞ Hours: 09:00-19;00 (May-August), 09:00-18:00 (March, April, September, October), 09:00-17:00 (January, February, November, December)
☞ 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Date 11/18/2011



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