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SW Tancheon Loop (58km)

If you are looking for a short afternoons ride with a few small climbs then this is the course for you. This route is 50/50 river path and road riding with a couple of small climbs near the end.

This route contains map links for Naver maps as extra detail at some intersections. If you are not familiar with Naver maps and how to switch to street view, including street view of bike paths please click on the image below for instructions.

Basic Route Info

Start/End Point: Route description assumes a start in Bundang
Distance: 58 km
Elevation Gain: 440 meters
Highest Point: 234 m

Route Description

(road numbers have been color coded according to Korea’s road sign colors)

  • Follow the Tancheon bike path north to where it meets the Yangaecheon. This is about 2 km before the Tancheon meets the Han River
  • Follow the south side bike path of the Yangaecheon. This heads south-west through the Daechi district which is full of expensive looking apartments.
  • Keep following the bike path as far as it will go. Stay right at any intersections. There is one bike path intersection that may be a little confusing. As long as you keep take right turns you will be fine.
  • The bike path will eventually end by going up a ramp and into a small park. You are now in Gwacheon
  • Exit the park to the right, crossing the road and then following in a south-west direction. Follow the signs on the road with #47 to Anyang
  • The #47 will go slightly uphill and then downhill to a big intersection with #57
  • Take a left and follow #57 toward Seongnam. After about 3-5km the #57 will start to head uphill parrallel to Express Highway 100. About halfway up the hill will be an off ramp with the sign “Anyang Municipal Cemetery.” Take this exit which goes under the #57 and up a winding, but low traffic climb to 230 meters.
  • Finding the start to the second climb is slightly tricky. After enjoying the short downhill follow the road until it just about meets back up with the #57. There will be an intersection with a red bus terminal on the right and cool terrace looking apartments on the left. Take a right where the sign says DOPCO and Seogun-dong and go under the #57
  • This small country road will then climb steeply to 234 meters before going down a small road on the otherside. Keep following the road straight through the intersection on the otherside
  • The narrow road you are now on will weave its way down the valley past lots of cool restaurants including one in an old plane. Continue to follow the road down the valley with the small river on your left-hand side.
  • Just after passing under a big expressway you will come to an intersection. Go left across the bridge and then immediately right. The road you are now on will parallel a slightly bigger and busier road.
  • Continue to follow the small road passing a lake with a driving range on your right. This road will lead back to Ori in Bundang.
  • As you come close to the apartment buildings in Ori a bike path will show up on the river to your left. This path will lead you back on to the Tancheon. From there it is back to where you started.

Route Maps & GPS File:

SW Tancheon Loop (58km) GPX File [urldisplaymode=nomap] – To download right-click and choose “Save Link As”

SW Tancheon Loop (58km) [gpxelevation=show]

Route Warnings:

  • A few of the turns on the Yangaecheon. Make sure to stay right if you are coming from the SW
  • Both the #47 and #57 are big roads with a lot of traffic. Cycle carefully
  • Watch out for the turn off on the #57 to the quieter side road that will climb up and over to Pangyo
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