Gangchon Rail Park Review: Ride the New ‘VR Rail Bike’ for Only 1,000 KRW!

Gangchon Rail Park’s ‘VR Rail Bike’ Review: The cheapest and most creative way to experience VR!

Gangchon Rail Park, the best rail-bike park in Korea, has launched the world’s first ‘Virtual Reality (VR) Rail Bike’ and now visitors can enjoy the VR while riding a rail bike!

The new ‘VR Rail Bike’ is an additional attraction for visitors to Gangchon Rail Park and it is available at an additional cost of 1,000 KRW.

The VR experience is currently only available at the last tunnel, out of four different tunnels in the entire course, but it is definitely worth the experience.

| NOTE: Visitors must first purchase a regular ticket to try this new VR attraction. Scroll down for detailed ticket information.

To find out what this new VR attraction is all about, I, a member of Trazy Crew, visited Gangchon Rail Park.

Gangchon Rail Park (10).jpgFor those who have never heard of or visited Gangchon Rail Park before, it is one the popular attractions near Seoul where you can ride a rail bike all year round. Gangchon Rail Park (12)While Gangchon Rail Park is one of the largest, with a total of 8.6km course, and most popular rail-bike destinations in Korea, there are other places where you can ride a rail bike as well, such as Gapyeong Rail ParkYangpyeong Rail Park and more.

It is also famous for being the filming location of many Korean TV variety shows such as ‘Running Man‘ and ‘We Got Married‘.Gangchon Rail Park (9)Gangchon Rail Park has 2-seater (blue) or a 4-seater (red) rail bikes available for visitors and the rail bike departs every hour from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
Gangchon Rail Park (5)While pedaling along on your bike, you can enjoy the scenery of Gangchon area and the Bukhangang River. Gangchon Rail Park (8)Since the scenery is stunning every season, you can have a completely different experience each time you visit Gangchon Rail Park.Gangchon Rail Park (7)You will pass through four different tunnels during the entire course, and it is the last or the 4th tunnel where you will ride in VR.

Hopefully they make the VR available for all tunnels in the future. 😉

Before you enter the tunnel, you will be given a VR headset. There will be staff who will help you wear the headset and guide you along the course, so don’t worry if this is your first time trying VR.
Gangchon Rail Park (6)If you press the button on the right side of the headset, you can shoot missiles and kill the villains. And when there are explosions going off, you can actually feel the heat of a fire on your face, which is absolutely awesome!
Gangchon Rail Park (4)After you pass through the fourth tunnel, you will reach a rest stop. From here, you will take Nangman Train, or the ‘Romance Train’, to Gangchon Station.Gangchon Rail Park (3)Along the way, you can sit back and relax while taking in the gorgeous landscapes of Gangchon.Gangchon Rail Park (2)After you get off the train, you can take a free shuttle bus at the parking lot back to Gimyujeong Station.

| NOTE: The entire course takes around 1 hr 30 mins (50 mins of rail bike ride + 20 mins break time at transfer stop + 20 mins of Nangman Train ride).

Gangchon Rail Park Ticket Information

Where Can I Buy Regular Tickets?

Regular tickets can be purchased via online booking. The official website is not available in English, but you can book tickets to Gangchon Rail Park via Trazy.com, an online booking website for foreigners.

You may also purchase tickets on site, however, it is recommended that you purchase online in advance to guarantee your tickets as it is first come, first served.

Booking must be made at least 3 days prior to the date of your visit at Trazy.com.

To buy Gangchon Rail Park tickets online, click here.

Where Can I Buy VR Rail Bike Tickets?

The VR tickets are only available on-site and they will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For anyone wanting to visit the rail park, read on to find out how you can go to Gangchon Rail Park from Seoul.

How to Go to Gangchon Rail Park from Seoul?

Gangchon Rail Park (14)Planning an independent trip to Gangchon Rail Park from Seoul can be tricky as it is located in the city of Chuncheon. By public transportation, it will take at least 2 hours or more in general.

  • By Express Bus: Dong Seoul Bus Terminal ▶ Chuncheon Intercity Bus Terminal (approx. 1 hr 15mins~) ▶ Namchuncheon Station (Subway Gyeongchun Line) ▶ Gimyujeong Station
  • By Subway: Any subway station in Seoul ▶ Gimyujeong Station (Subway Gyeongchun Line)
    • Ex. Myeongdong Station▶ Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station > Wangsimni Station ▶ Gimyujeong Station (approx. total time: 2hrs 20mins~)
  • By ITX Train: Yongsan Station/Cheongnyangni Station ▶ Gangchon Station (1 hr 7 mins) ▶ Gimyujeong Station (Subway Gyeongchun Line)

★ Tips for Subway & Train Travel 

Since Gyeongchun Line is usually packed with people, taking the ITX train is strongly recommended. However, the ITX train tickets usually sell out quickly and there may not be any train running on your desired schedule. Make sure to check the train schedules and purchase the tickets in advance at official Korail homepage.

★ Advice

If you still find these methods confusing, consider taking one of the organized tours offered by Trazy, which provide you with admission tickets and round-trip transportation.

These tours are ideal for travelers who want to visit Gangchon Rail Park and nearby tourists attractions, such as Nami Island, Petite France and the Garden of Morning Calm, all in one day.

Interested in taking a tour? Check out these tours below:

Did you enjoy reading this travel review? Check out our previous travel review on Gangchon Rail Park: Gangchon Rail Park & Nami Island & The Garden of Morning Calm.

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Travel Review & Tips: Nami Island & Gangchon Rail Park & The Garden of Morning Calm

Hello, everyone! Greetings from a member of Trazy crew!

Personally, I’ve always wondered how it actually feels like to be on a tour from our own tour packages, so I’ve decided to experience it as a customer (and I’ll be 100% honest haha). 😉

Here goes my very first travel review on a tour package from Trazy.com, which is “Nami Island+Gangchon Rail Bike+Garden of the Morning Calm Tour“.

The tour takes you to three most popular destinations in the outskirts of Seoul – Gangchon Rail Park, Nami Island and the Garden of the Morning Calm – all of which are on travel my bucket list!

If you want to book the tour, click here.

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1. Gangchon Rail Park

First, the tour starts from Gangchon Rail Park. It was roughly an hour and a half ride to this charming rail-bike park from Seoul. It’s much more convenient than taking the subway (which takes at least 2 hours or more).

nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-12Since I visited the park during the winter, I honestly must say the weather is REALLY COLD. When riding the bike, it was even colder (my fingers and toes froze seriously). So if you are planning to visit in winter, wear gloves, a thick outer and buy heat packs! nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-9See the walls? They look like books, how creative!  nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-15This is what the ticket looks like. 🙂 nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-11The ride runs every hour daily- 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and so on.nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-13There are 2 seater-bikes (blue) and 4-seater bikes (red) to choose from. nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-16The entire course is 8.6km in total. You will ride the rail bike for the first 50 minutes and take a break at a rest stop with a cafe and then take the Nangman Train, or Romance Train, for 20 minutes, to Gangchon Station.

Honestly, I really enjoyed the ride, particularly when the amazing landscapes laid out in front my eyes as I came out from the tunnel (the glittering Milky Way tunnel is totally thumbs up!).nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-17Though my face was frozen, the rail bike experience was absolutely amazing. 🙂 The short ride on the train also gave me enough time to take in the beautiful natural scenery of Gangchon area. 😀

2. Nami Island

Next, the tour makes a stop at Nami Island, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Korea famous for its amazing scenery in every season and being featured in many Korean TV dramas, including the hit drama called “Winter Sonata”.nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-20Since Nami Island is an independent island-nation, you will need to get an entry visa, or an admission ticket (no need to buy if you are with Trazy)
nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-21After passing through the immigration gate (present the ticket to the staff when entering), I got on a ferry. The ferry ride only took about 5~10 minutes to get to the island.nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-22Now, enjoy my photos of this beautiful Nami Island.nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-24nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-25nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-26nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-27The leaves were gone, but it was still nice to take a walk along this beautiful tree-lined path in Nami Island.nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-28Last but not least, don’t forget to try this roasted corn!

 3. The Garden of Morning Calm

The last place I visited with Trazy’s tour was the Garden of Morning Calm, and this place was absolutely amazing!nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-34Look at all these dazzles and sparkles everywhere! nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-32nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-30And if you think this is a little charming garden, you’re wrong. It’s actually humongous.nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-31A vast field shining in blue lights and the colorful display of bushes and trees…I could only say WOW while I was walking around. You should definitely added to your must-visit destination list if you visit Korea!

Overall Evaluation of the Tour

What I really liked about this tour package was that all of the 3 travel destinations on the itinerary were always on my travel bucket list (if they’re not on yours yet, you better add them) and that I could travel all in one day (you can save time and travel more)!

Another great thing about the tour was that I didn’t have to drive or worry about the transportation as well as all of the entrance tickets, all of which made my trip way easier and hassle-free.

The only downside I would say is that I didn’t get to see snow. 😦 I know that many people anticipate seeing the snow, but as you know, the weather worldwide has been strange this particular winter.

Anyways, I highly recommend this tour if you want to visit all of these fascinating places during your stay in Seoul! You can book the tour here.

Planning to travel in the vicinity of Seoul? Make sure to check out our other travel guides and tips:

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