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Newly-paved Bicycle Paths along Riversides Connect Seoul to Busan Updated: 2012-04-08 00:00:00 KST

Riding bicycles on a sunny spring day is a relaxing and reenergizing activity.
And good news for those bicycle lovers in Korea, for newly-paved bicycle paths along Korea's 4 major rivers now connect Seoul with the southern port city of Busan.
The bicycle trails across the nation begin from here.

[Interview : Park Ji-won] "This bicycle path spans 18 kilometers, along the Gyeong-in Ara Waterway."

Gyeong-in Ara Waterway is Korea's first canal connecting the Han River to the West Sea
This bicycle trail is the beginning section of the bicycle trail that extends down to Busan, totalling some 7-hundred kilomenters.
To commemorate the completion of the nationwide bicycle trail, Korea's culture minister Choe Kwang-shik and some 50 cyclists took a ride, from the northwestern coastal city of Incheon.

[Interview : Choe Kwang-shik, Minister
MInistry of Culture, Sports and Tourism] "I hope Korean people enjoy this newly-completed bicycle trail, as a means to stay fit, and for family leisure time, building up their love for one another."

Korea's famous singer-song writer Kim Chang-wan also joined the ride.

[Interview : Kim Chang-wan, Singer] "Riding bicycles makes us reflect on ourselves, and it is very relaxing, I love it."

This trail is also set to kick start the sixth Tour de Korea, which will start in just two weeks this April and to take place for 8 days.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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