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.

The cover and first page of the Certification Handbook or bike passport.
The cover and first page of the Certification Handbook or bike passport.

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!

A the Ihwaryeong Rest Area checkpoint booth near Mungyeong.
A the Ihwaryeong Rest Area checkpoint booth near Mungyeong.

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.

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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.

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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.

Dalseong-bo Certification Center between Daegu and Namji.
Dalseong-bo Certification Center between Daegu and Namji.

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!

Korea Travel Guide: Checkpoint Shortcuts

Incheon LogoSeoul LogoYeoju Logo
Chungju LogoMungyeong LogoGumi Logo
Daegu LogoNamju LogoBusan Logo

Incheon (인천)

Ara West Sea Lock stamp description.

Ara West Sea Lock

  • 아라서해갑문 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathAra Waterway
  • Passport store – ✔️
  • Certification Center – ✔️
  • Map — Page 13
Ara Hangang Lock stamp description.

Ara Hangang Lock

  • 아라한강갑문 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathAra Waterway
  • Passport store – ❌
  • Certification Center – ❌
  • Map — Page 13

Seoul (서울)

Yeouido stamp description.

Yeouido

  • 여의도 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathHangang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ❌
  • Certification Center – ❌
  • Map — Page 14
Tteukseom Observatory Complex stamp description.

Tteukseom Observatory Complex

  • 뚝섬전망콤플렉스 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathHangang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ❌
  • Certification Center – ❌
  • Map Page 14
Gwangnaru Bike Park stamp description.

Gwangnaru Bicycle Park

  • 광나루자전거공원 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathHangang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ❌
  • Certification Center – ❌
  • Map — Page 14

Yeoju (여주)

Balgeun Gwangjang stamp description.

Balgeun Gwangjang*

  • 밝은광장 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathBuckhangang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ❌
  • Certification Center – ❌
  • Map — Page 15, 17

*Balgeun Gwangjang is apart of the Buckhangang Bicycle Path.

Neungnae Station stamp description.

Neungnae Station

  • 능내역 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathNamhangang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ✔️
  • Certification Center – ✔️
  • Map — Page 15
Yangpyeong-gun Art Museum stamp description.

Yangpyeong-gun Art Museum

Epo-bo stamp description.

Epo-bo

  • 이포보 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathNamhangang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ✔️
  • Certification Center – ✔️
  • Map — Pag 15
Yeoju-bo stamp description.

Yeoju-bo

  • 여주보 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathNamhangang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ✔️
  • Certification Center – ✔️
  • Map — Page 15

Chungju (충주)

Gangcheon-bo stamp description.

Gangcheon-bo

  • 강천보 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathNamhangang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ✔️
  • Certification Center – ✔️
  • Map — Page 16
Binaeseum stamp description.

Binaeseom

Chungju Dam Stamp

Chungju Dam

Chungju Tangeumdae stamp description.

Chungju Tangeumdae


Mungyeong (문경)

Suanbo Oncheon stamp description.

Suanbo Oncheon

  • 수안보온천 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathSaejae Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ❌
  • Certification Center – ❌
  • Map — Page 19
Haengchon Crossroads stamp description.

Haengchon Crossroads*

  • 행촌교차로 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathOcheon Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ❌
  • Certification Center – ❌
  • Map — Page 22

*Haengchon Crossroads is apart of the Ocheon Bicycle Path.

Ihwaryeong Rest Area stamp description.

Ihwaryeong Rest Area

  • 이화령휴게소
  • Bicycle pathSaejae Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ❌
  • Certification Center – ❌
  • Map — Page 19

Mungyeong Buljeong Station stamp description.

Mungyeong Buljeong Station

  • 문경불정역 인증센
  • Bicycle pathSaejae Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ❌
  • Certification Center – ❌
  • Map — Page 19, 20

Gumi (구미)

Andong Dam stamp description.

Andong Dam*

*Andong Dam is a 139 km detour. Needed for complete certification.

Sangju Sangpung Bridge stamp description.

Sangju Sangpung Bridge

  • 상주상풍교 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathSaejae Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ❌
  • Certification Center – ❌
  • Map — Page 20, 23
Sangju-bo stamp description.

Sangju-bo

Nakdan-bo stamp description.

Nakdan-bo

  • 낙단보  인증센터
  • Bicycle pathNakdonggang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ✔️
  • Certification Center – ✔️
  • Map — Page 23
Gumi-bo stamp description.

Gumi-bo


Daegu (대구)

Chilgok-bo stamp description.

Chilgok-bo

Gangjeong Goryeong-bo stamp description.

Gangjeong Goryeong-bo

  • 강정고령보 인증센
  • Bicycle pathNakdonggang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ✔️
  • Certification Center – ✔️
  • Map — Page 25

Namji (남지)

Dalseong-bo stamp description.

Dalseong-bo

Hapcheon Changnyeong-bo stamp description.

Hapcheon Changnyeong-bo

  • 합천창녕보 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathNakdonggang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ✔️
  • Certification Center – ✔️
  • Map — Page 25

Busan (부산)

Changnyeong Haman-bo stamp description.

Changnyeong Haman-bo

  • 창녕함안보 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathNakdonggang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ✔️
  • Certification Center – ✔️
  • Map — Page 25
Yangsan Water Culture Hall stamp description.

Yangsan Water Culture Hall

  • 양산물문화관 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathNakdonggang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ❌
  • Certification Center – ❌
  • Map — Page 26
Nakdonggang Estuary Bank stamp description.

Nakdonggang Estuary Bank

  • 낙동강하구둑 인증센터
  • Bicycle pathNakdonggang Bicycle Path
  • Passport store – ✔️
  • Certification Center – ✔️
  • Map — Page 26