Where to sleep after a long day of biking in Korea.
The sun is going down. Your body aches. You you conquered hills and filled your memory cards with photos. It’s time to go to bed.
But, where? You’ve got plenty of options.
And, for the adventurous, pitch a tent in countryside. Escape the city’s noise and light pollution.
And, check out our guide below on how to plan and book where you’ll sleep out on the bike paths.
Where's Your Finish Line?
Let’s plan your trip! First, you need to ask three questions.
You will also want to make sure that the towns on the map have the right types of accommodations for your needs.
Towns like Suanbo (수안보) in the middle of Korea are famous for their hot springs. You don’t want to arrive late one holiday night and find the last room in town is over ₩120,000.
Korean Maps and Hangul (한글)
Because you’re in Korea, its best to search using Hangeul (한글). If you search motels in English, you might only find motels actually named motel: Piano Motel, V Motel, Design Motel.
If we search the using 모텔 (‘motel’ in Hanguel), we’ll be tapping into the motel category. You’ll get a complete picture of accommodations.
It’s not too hard. Open a map to your destination city or town, and copy and paste the Hangeul name your preferred accommodations:
If you search with a mapping on PC or Mac, click “현 지도 내 장소검색” above or next to the search box. This will search within the range of your current map.
Choose the Right Area
Look for clusters of motels. You can find a brood of motels in red light districts or near bus and train stations. You’ll find plenty of rooms. (Watch out for lone motels far from city centers. Even Korean maps go out of date.)
Where are you going to eat dinner and breakfast? How far are you from the bike path? Keep these questions in mind when choosing a motel. In Daegu, the cycling path is about an hour ride from the city center.
If you choose accommodations too near the path, there might not be too many spots to grab dinner. You might have to backtrack into the city to fill yourself in the morning.
To Book or Not to Book
Life and cycling are unpredictable. Flat tires. Injuries. Weather! You might not be able to make that hotel you reserved fifty-kilometers down the road.
Once you find your ideal pad, you can try to book through one of the Korean booking apps listed in the Online Booking & Apps section.
However, there are complications to booking in a Korean-language only app. You must register with the app and receive a confirmation text to your mobile number. (It’s not as straight-forward as it sounds.)
I prefer to pin three or four close-by accommodations in my map (Naver or Kakao Maps). If when I arrive one is booked up or doesn’t have the room I want, I can hop to the next pinned motel.
If you’re cycling on a holiday major holiday in a popular tourist are, book in advanced. Everyone in Korea travels!