If you are in need of an adventurous day trip, drop a pin on Gimhae. The city is often overlooked as the location for the Gimhae International Airport but, dig a little deeper, and you will find attractions and activities not offered everywhere in the country including the Gimhae Nakdonggang River Rail Park. Leisurely pedal 3km across a rustic bridge with a bird’s eye view of the Nakdong River and capture the swell of gradient leaves on the surrounding mountains.
When it comes to getting around Gimhae, it can be a little less whimsical as it requires a bit of research. My friend and I arrived in the city around 11:30 on a Sunday morning. We waited for the No. 60 bus that goes from the Pungnyu-dong Terminal to Nakdong-gang Railpark but quickly learned the next bus was not operating again until 13:00. Before you go, double-check the time you will be arriving to make sure it coordinates with the Gimhae bus schedule, or else you will end up taking a 15-minute taxi ride to the location, which is not a bad idea either.
I highly recommend reserving tickets online.
We arrived at the rail park around noon and were greeted by food stalls as well as a wide pathway that leads up to the rail bikes. As you walk up the path, you’re surrounded by lush scenery with rail bikes trolleying across the tall, rustic bridge in front of you. I highly recommend reserving them online but if you end up being stuck with an hour to kill like we did, go ahead and explore the Raspberry Wine Cave, adjacent to the rail bikes.
You will quickly realize that 3km is not a long enough distance and you will want to stay on the tracks for a lot longer.
It came time to board our rail bike and I was filled with so much anticipation I could have burst! My friend and I excitedly buckled in at the front of the four-seater bike but note that if there is a group of you, only the two front seats have pedals. The people in the back can simply relax and enjoy the scenery. You do not need to know how to ride a bike to participate, simply step on the pedals for speed and use the handbrake to stop. You can go as fast or as slow as you wish, but it is advised to keep a 10m distance between you and the rail bike in front.
You will quickly realize that 3km is not a long enough distance and you will want to stay on the tracks for a lot longer. Riding rail bikes is relaxing as it is active and perfect for families, a group of friends, and couples alike. Such is South Korea, there will be many photo opportunities so remember to charge your phone or bring a camera along for the ride.
Masa-ro 473 Beon-gil, Saengnim-myeon, Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do.
Rail Bike: Oct-Mar 09:00-17:00 / Apr-Sept 09:00-18:00 (departs every hour and closed on Mondays). Raspberry Wine Cave: 09:00-20:00 (closed on Mondays).
Rail bike: 2 people 15,000 KRW / 3 people 19,000 KRW / 4 people 23,000 KRW (per bike). Raspberry Wine Cave: Adults 2,000 KRW / Teenagers 1,500 KRW / Children 1,000 KRW. Package (Rail Bike + Raspberry Wine Cave): 2 people 16,000 KRW, 3 people 20,500 KRW / 4 people 26,000 KRW.
Written and photographed by Jessica Moy