Since I was a kid biking has been one of my favorite outdoor activities, I just feel free when I ride a bike and on our trip to Korea I was definitely looking to bike around the Han River.
Why? Let me tell you some interesting facts about this important river:
- The Han River is one of the longest rivers in South Korea and many historical places are around it.
- Is one of the most representatives places in South Korea.
- You can find many “open gym’s” along the river.
- 27 bridges cross the Han River
- Most of their trails are open all year long
Biking the Han River
When we visited South Korea we stayed in a Airbnb apartment and our host Woojin gave us really good tips about which activities we could do. One of my “to do things in South Korea list” was to bike around and as soon as our host heard that, he told me that his father will take me around and I of course said Yes !
The next day at 8 am I was ready for my bike ride. I didn’t bring any of my bike clothes or equipment and with all respect I was thinking that I will be biking with someone in his late fifties and it will not take too much physical effort, but I was wrong.
When his dad show up he looked like a normal late fifties Korean. He was wearing spandex and biking shoes and then he showed me the bike I was going to use (it looks like this one but all the accessories were Shimano XTR).
As soon as we started biking, I realized how fast he was going and to make the story short, we passed everyone on the trail and his biking skills were like Olympic team level.
When we were riding, I saw lots of open gym where everyone was exercising and I saw many people running and walking.
The view is amazing. You are always along the river and you cross every kind of outdoor activity fields, I passed by a soccer field, 2 or 3 baseball fields and a beautiful garden where you can stop and enjoy a picnic or just lay on the grass. You can also find lots of places to buy a drink and sit next to the river if you need a break.
Where you can get a bike
You will be able to find many bike rentals which are around around 3000 won ($3) per hour. They even have double bikes and they will provide you with all you need to have a great time
Here is a map where you will see all the rental places
My GoPro Video
Recommendations and thoughts
I highly recommend to do this activity if you like biking. You will have the chance to see a different part of Korea while you are enjoying a bike ride. If you are going to do this, joining a tour is my best recommendation. Remember to bring your camera and get ready for a day full of fun.
You don’t have to worry too much about bringing gear since you can find everything at the rental bike places. If your backpack is very heavy you can leave it in the rental place. For drinks there are plenty of stands where you can get water and you will see volunteers giving water and cherry tomatoes to the public.
I hope you enjoy this article and video! Feel free to leave a comment if you want at add more info or ask me a question 🙂
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