A Korea travel cycling guide to finding all those Certification Checkpoints and going for the gold!
Want to become a certified cross-country cyclist in Korea? Check out this Certification Guide to make sure you drop by all those red checkpoint booths. We’ve broken the Bike Certification System checkpoint-by-checkpoint. Let’s hit that cycling path! Oh, and don’t forget to take your bike passport.
What is the Bike Certification System?
Funny you should ask. Korea builds its tourist industry one photo opportunity at a time. The government’s recreation department provides a certified way to document and certify every leg of your cycling journey.
Second, drop by a certification checkpoint. Inside these red phone booths, you’ll find a stamp. Find the name of the checkpoint next to a dot in your passport. Run the stamp across the ink pad and press down on dot. Finished!
Once you receive all the stamps for a particular bike path, you can receive a certification sticker at a Certification Center. You can stick the stickers in the back of your bike passport. If you collect all the certifications and stamps, they’ll send you a medal. Like in the Olympics. Seriously.
Take a Rest!
The certification checkpoints appear every fifteen to twenty kilometers. These are great places to stop, refuel, and take in the view.
The Certification Centers are often apart of futuristic infrastructure projects. They have
About This Guide
We organized the cycling route in Korea into thirteen bicycle paths. We’ll lead you city-by-city from Incheon (인천) to Busan (부산). We’ll tell you where all the checkpoints are and where you can find a certification center.
However, the Korean government divvies up cycling paths differently. Throughout the whole of Korea, there are twelve networks. Some are short: Ara Waterway (21 km). Some are long: Nakdonggang Path (389 km). We thought it would be more helpful to break the routes that can be tackled in a day.
In the listings below, we also provide you with the official cycling path name.
Check out our Transportation Guide for more information about how to get to the checkpoint.
Getting the Perfect Stamp
Bring your own ink, tissues, and scratch paper. Some checkpoint booths live far from civilization. They rarely get a quick once-over. You don’t want to cycle for a few days just time find the ink pad dry.
Wipe the stamp dry with the tissue, give it a test on the scratch paper, then put a fresh coat of ink from your pad. You only get one chance to press that perfect stamp!
Furthermore, we indicate which checkpoints have Passport stores and Certification Centers with a ✔️. You can buy a brand-spanking new passport and/or get your certificate of completion at these locations.
Additionally, we include page numbers in our listings. These tell you where you can stamp the checkpoint in your passport.
If you click on the checkpoint name, you’ll be directed to the Kakao Map listing (Korean language listing). This will help you find the biking route from your current location. If you click on Map, you’ll be sent to the checkpoint on Google Maps.
For reference, we provided the name of each checkpoint in Hangul (한글; the Korean alphabet). The checkpoint booths aren’t labeled in English. You can reference the signs with the provided Hangul.
Lastly, there are more checkpoints and bicycle paths than what’s listed in this guide. Currently, we provide a coast-to-coast list of checkpoints. As we update, we’ll create more comprehensive listings so you can collect them all and achieve greatness!