The Samcheok Ocean Railbike Tour is 5.4 kilometers long. The tour starts from Gungchon Station (궁촌역), stops at the Chogok Rest Area (초곡휴게소), goes through Chogok Tunnel (초곡터널), Chogok Tunnel 2, and the Yonghwa Tunnel (용화터널) before reaching its final destination at Yonghwa Station (용화역) 40 minutes later. The specially-designed Railbike can seat two to four people and comes equipped with a small motor that kicks in during the uphill portions of the route. The maximum speed of the Railbike is 20 kilometers.
The last tunnel is Yonghwa where the light show continues. Here you’ll find a rainbow of colors straight out of a fairytale. This grand finale is a breathtaking show of light and color sure to astound!
The last destination of the Railbike tour is Yonghwa Station. The Yonghwa Beach nearby is small, but clean and quiet. Tucked out of the way, the beach is free from summer crowds and allows visitors to explore the area at a leisurely pace. The Yonghwacheon Stream flows to one side of the beach and the adjacent pine grove is perfect for a shaded stroll. One both sides of the crescent-shaped beach are clustered of uniquely-shaped rocks that add the final scenic touch to this awe-inspiring scene.
Travel Time: 35 - 40 minutes
Departure: Gungchon Station (Gangwon-do Samcheok-si Geundeok-myeon, Gungchon-ri 146-10) / Yonghwa Station (Gangwon-do Samcheok-si Geundeok-myeon, Yonghwa-ri 14-6)
One-way fare: 30,000 won for four people, 20,000 won for two people
Reservation: Log in at the official site (www.oceanrailbike.com) to make a reservation (Korean)
* Those interested in riding the Samcheok Ocean Railbike must make reservations in advance via the official site (currently available in Korean only). Non-Korean speakers are encouraged to ask a friend or travel agent for assistance in making reservations.
Tel: 033-576-0656 (Korean)
Korea Travel Phone: +82-33-575-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
To get there:
Seoul → Samcheok
Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Subway Line 3, Express Bus Terminal Station)-> Samcheok Express Bus Terminal (travel time: 3 hours, 30 minutes; first bus at 06:30, last bus at 23:30; bus departs every 40 minutes; fare: 15,900 won-25,700 won)
Samcheok → Gungchon station → Yonghwa Station
Take Bus 23 or 24 at Samcheok Express Bus terminal (travel time: 20 minutes).
Official site of Tourism in Samcheok http://eng.samcheok.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)