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 5,000 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.
For 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. 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 Park, Yangpyeong 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 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.
While pedaling along on your bike, you can enjoy the scenery of Gangchon area and the Bukhangang River. Since the scenery is stunning every season, you can have a completely different experience each time you visit Gangchon Rail Park.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.
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!
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.Along the way, you can sit back and relax while taking in the gorgeous landscapes of Gangchon.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.
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?
- 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.
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:
- Nami Island & Gangchon Rail Park & Petite France
- Nami Island & Gangchon Rail Park & Garden of Morning Calm
- Nami Island & Petite France & Gangchon Rail Park & Garden of Morning Calm
- Private Van Tour
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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