Monday, August 17, 2015

A “Rail-y” Exciting Bike Ride at Yangpyeong

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Rail Bike Site at Yangpyeong
Rail Bike Site at Yangpyeong
(c) Kristine Bulanadi

What else can you do with an abandoned railway?


Perhaps leave it to rust and decay. Or maybe totally destroy it and plant trees instead. Or never care at all….like… At All!!!... I mean what joy can you get out of an old railway? Right?

Koreans had their creative juice decide what to do with an old and dilapidated railway. Apparently, they turned it into a real rail bike site.

Bike Ride in an old railway
Bike Ride in an old railway
(c) Anny Martinez
And you are like…. Who in their right mind would bike through an ancient railway? Isn’t it dangerous? Is it fun? Is it convenient? Unless you tried it, you will never appreciate it as much as we did.

Enjoying the bike ride at Yangpyeong railway
Enjoying the bike ride at Yangpyeong railway
(c) Anny Martinez

I can say that this rail bike site is a true gem for the province of Yangpyeong. This province is not something to top the list of your go-to in Korea, but if you are tired of just going to Seoul again and again, then Yangpyeong is a province to visit not only because of the rail bike but also because there are a lot of tourist attractions in the area like the Gyeongi English Village and the Dreamy Camera café. You can visit them all in one go because the Yangpyeong Rail Bike will only last for about 1.5 hours.

The bike railway
The bike railway
(c)Kristine Bulanadi
Yangpyeong Rail Bike is a 6.4 km fun filled journey as you will get to pass along the picturesque scenery that the province could offer. There are beautiful river, green trees, awesome tunnel and everything seems to be magical when you are biking at a speed of 15 km/h.


Inside the tunnel of the rail bike site
Inside the tunnel of the rail bike site
(c) Arman Carinan

The bike ride is a real treat for people who love nature as it offers priceless view from Yongmun to Wondeok.

The scenery at the railway
The scenery at the railway
(c) Arman Carinan

Not only that, rail biking at Yangpyeong will also give you a glimpse of the best that Korea’s four seasons could offer. We did the rail bike during summer, so we were treated with the beautiful and flush greens of summer. Just imagine how it looks like with the cherry blossoms during spring, the colorful trees during autumn and the white snowflakes during winter.

the flush green summer of Yangpyeong
the flush green summer of Yangpyeong
(c) Arman Carinan

HOW TO GO TO YANGPYEONG RAIL BIKE SITE?

Get off at Yongmun Station, that’s Jungang Line of the Seoul Subway. Go to Exit 1 and walk straight for about 10 minutes.

You can choose between couple(good for 2) or family (good for 4). Couple bike costs 25,000 KRW ($25) and family bike costs 32,000 KRW ($32). Railway bike is open until 6 pm during winter and 7:30 pm during the other seasons.

Railway biking at Yangpyeong is one unique way to experience and view Korea’s wonderful nature. It feels like a never ending joy ride. You must try it!

38 comments:

  1. What a neat experience! I have never done a tour like this before, but I would love to go on one someday!

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  2. There are so many places in this world that I want to see and now I just added this one to the list! What an interesting ride! It would fun!

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  3. That sounds like such an awesome experience! I would absolutely love to do this! Wish they had something like this in the US. Maybe one day I will be able to travel there and take the bike trail.

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  4. It must have so fun to experience that bike ride. I have been to Korea, but I have not visited Yangpyeong. I would love to experience this when I go back.

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  5. This looks like so much fun! I would love to do this! I have never seen anything like this before.

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  6. One of my former co-workers is from Korea, I am going to ask her if she has ever experienced the Yangpyeong Rail Bike Tour! It sounds fun! :)

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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  7. This ride seems interesting. Does everyone have to pedal? Or are there seats for those who can't? I think this is an unique use to re purpose something that is no longer being used.

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  8. I've never seen this done on a railroad track before. One year on vacay, my family rode something like that except it was on a road. This looks like so much fun!

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  9. This has got to be one of the most gorgeous places on the planet. Thank you so much for sharing this article and this wonderful pictures.

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  10. That's so awesome. It reminds me of my visit to Sri Lanka. Would love to go on one of these.

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  11. What an amazing bike and a cool ride! The scenery is beautiful!!!

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  12. I freaking love this. What a great way to give life to abandoned railway. This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

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  13. What an awesome bike! This looks like a really fun and unique experience.

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  14. That looks like a fun way to see the area. I love seeing an area in an active way like biking or walking.

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  15. How cool is That! Id enjoy something like this.

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  16. Such a cool bike ride. very beautiful place. i want to visit!

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  17. Cool! I would want to experience that too. Korea is a nice place to visit. Very beautiful scenery and so peaceful.

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  18. What a fun awesome experience indeed. Love to personally do this kind of adventure too. Korea here we come!

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  19. I've never heard of rail bike tours before, but its a great idea! We have so many old railroad tracks around here and this would be a great way to put them to use.

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  20. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Your pictures look beautiful! Would love to visit one day.

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  21. That looks so fun! I would love to try that someday. Looks like you had a wonderful time and had some great scenery.

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  22. What an awesome experience! I would love to be able to do something like that!

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  23. This looks like such a beautiful place to visit and it looks like you had a really great time!

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  24. Awww that is pretty neat. I've never seen that before when we were there. I miss KOrea a lot!

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  25. What a neat idea that is! I would have never thought that there would be a train that is powered by pedaling. I bet that it is a great experience for all!

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  26. How cool is that?! That is something that the three of us would certainly enjoy. I hope we get to experience it someday. :)

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  27. Oh that looks like it would be such a beautiful soul lifting experience! I hope to get that way one day to tour the area and take this ride :D

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  28. I have seen similar bike tours around the states! I think something glide that would be really fun!

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  29. What a fun adventure. We have a few bike tours like that around here and we even have a party bike trolley. You pedal and drink. Good exercise! Your scenery is gorgeous. Would love to see that some day.

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  30. I love the picture of the scenery at the railway. That's a great photo!

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  31. This looks like a fun event. I would love to do something like this with my family. Thank you for sharing your fun adventure.

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  32. This would be an amazing bike ride. I would love to do this if i am ever in the area.

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  33. Well that's certainly an interesting way to take a tour. I'd love to see this in the United States.

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  34. Great photos! It looks beautiful there! I can't wait until the day I can explore outside of the United States! One day... ahah

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  35. Oh wow I have never seen bike riding like this before! Adding to my bucklist this looks fun and beautiful!

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  36. How much fun does this rail experience look! I loved your photos as makes me feel like I was right there with you!

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  37. Wow that is just amazing! This is defiantly being put on my bucket list. The pictures are stunning. I can just tell from them that it must have been such a beautiful site to see!

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  38. Ooooo now this looks like it was super fun to do!! If I'm ever in Korea , I know what I'm doing!

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