Last week I went on a short trip to Gimhae, South Gyeongsang. I picked up a guide map of Gimhae from the local tourism information centre, and found a fascinating place to visit. The Gimhae Nakdonggang Rail Park is in a naturally scenic location and has a rich history; its construction dating back to the era of Japanese colonization. Next, I enjoyed a Christmas-themed experience at the Gimhae Wine Cave, serving up Gimhae’s specialty, raspberry wine. Interested? Read on…
Gimhae Rail Park
The Nakdonggang Railroad Bridge was the second longest railroad bridge in Korea, at the time of its completion. While the bridge was officially finished in 1962, construction began during the early 20th century, during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Construction was delayed several times, notably due to World War II and the Korean War, following Korea’s independence from Japan.
Fast forward to 2016 and the railroad bridge has been repurposed as the Gimhae Nakdonggang Rail Park, complete with healing railbike experiences. A visit here is an ideal activity for family and friends during any season. The railbikes are equipped with canopies to shield you from the sun, rain or snow.
Railbike Rental Fees
There are 3 types of railbike you can rent, depending on the number of people in your group:
- Small Railbike (1-2 people) – 15,000 KRW
- Medium Railbike (3 people) – 19,000 KRW
- Large Railbike (4 people) – 23,000 KRW
Gimhae Raspberry Wine Cave
So what else does the Gimhae Rail Park have in store? Well, what was the Saengnim Tunnel, is now a Raspberry Wine Cave! As you may have guessed, this is a pretty rare place to find. As well as selling raspberry wine, the specialty beverage of Gimhae, there are beautiful displays, a light tunnel and a photo zone! Venture deeper into the cave to find more fun attractions, such as trick art and, in December, adorable Christmas decorations!
Wine Cave Admission
- Adult – 2,000 KRW
- Teen – 1,500 KRW
- Child – 1,000 KRW
Finally, the Train Cafe. The train cafe is made from two cars from the Saemaeul-ho train that operated between the 1980s- 90s. It is certainly a unique cafe, with a warm and romantic feeling. Enjoy some simple snakcs and beverages as you enjoy the natural scenery out of the window. You’ll get that nostalgic feeling of being on a long train journey.
Location & Directions
Gimhae Nakdonggang Rail Park Address: 41 Masa-ro 473beon-gil, Saengnim-myeon, Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do Operating Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Gimhae Wine Cave - 6:00pm) everyday; closed on the final Monday of each month Directions: From Seoul, take KTX train to Dongdaegu Station (approx. 1h 45min.) From there, take Mungunghwa train to Samrangjin Station (approx. 55 min.) Gimhae Rail Park is a short taxi ride from the station.