Ibike Korea People-to-People Program

 

Korea Bicycle Tours

Ibike’s South Korea cultural people-to-people program started in 2004. It lets participants discover the depth, beauty and complexity of this gem of a country.  South Korea is a country of many contrasts: Bustling modern urban centers and tranquil elegant traditional villages; the latest high tech industry and infrastructure and age-old labor intensive agriculture and fisheries; dramatic picturesque mountain ranges and scenic coastlines; generous hospitality and reserved, private people; all night discos and reflective Buddhist monks; 1500 year old structures of the Shilla Dynasty (many of which are World Heritage Sites) and modern skyscrapers, to name but a few.  The juxtaposition and interaction of these characteristics, with spectacular scenery, is enchanting. On the right route it offers some of the best bicycle touring in the world -- call it a bike oasis.

Tour Selection (usually one route per year):

David Mozer, the director of Ibike, sums up bicycle touring in South Korea this way: “The cities are eye-candy, the villages are eye-candy, the farmlands are eye-candy, the forest and mountains are eye-candy, the coastlines are eye-candy and meeting people on a bicycle is simply wonderful.  I can’t understand why touring cyclists are not swarming all over the back roads of South Korea.”  Jan Boonstra, who has been bicycle touring in Korea for 20 years and around the world for more, expressed his enthusiasm, "I can't give you a precise reason, I just love this country and I love bicycle touring here. South Korea is a paradise for adventurous cyclists."  A program participant describe the tour and country as "95% beautiful."

Ibike sponsors educational programs for those who want to learn more about the people of the world, as well as see the beautiful sights. The primary mode of travel is bicycle. The cycling varies from program to program but is generally easy to moderate, with some long, gradual hills. Side trips are available for those with extra energy. Accommodations are a mix from western-style hotels to Korean hotels and Buddhist temples. All participants receive comprehensive pre-departure materials with detailed instructions on setting up their bicycle, packing, training and other information for program preparation. The program is ideal for the realist who appreciates the world and the wonderful rewards gained for the modest rigors of bicycle touring.

The South Korea programs are each two-weeks long and begin in Seoul and Gyeongju. The price includes accommodations, two meals a day and variety of activities along the way. The group is limited to 10 people so early registration is recommended.

Fact Sheet: Program Schedule and Description of Routes
Ibike Korea Heritage Tour handout (PDF - Print two-pages back-to-back and cut into thirds -- the text is the same on each panel.)
Comments and Testimonials from Past Participants
Registration Information
Korea Bibliography
Having doubts? Here is: Why you should take an Ibike Tour!

Korea photo essays:
Photo essay: Korea Cultural Heartland
Photo essay: Exploring Eastern Korea
Photo essay: National Cycleway Four Rivers
Photo essay: Korea: Sojourn to the South Sea

[라이프] “쉴라(신라) 매력에 푹 빠졌어요” (English translation without photos)
남녘땅 누비는 국제자전거재단 대표 모저 (English translation)
Photo essay: Selected Elements of Korea's Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Engineering

 

 

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