Granted, I don’t ride a lot of bikes, thus have never taken two wheels through the streets of Paris, the blooming tulips of Holland or the rice paddies in Bali–all of which are on my bike-ride bucket list. Of the places I have pedaled, Gyeongju, South Korea wins the prize for chicest ride due tho the surreal beauty of the bucolic surroundings.
Gyeongju is the ancient capital of Korea, and thus the town abounds with cultural must-sees. Gumdrop hills called “tumulis” house the tombs of age-old kings and queens, whilst creating a topsy-turvy land straight out of a Doctor Seuss book.
The ancient pleasure garden of the kings at Anapji is set amidst a lily pad filled pond and pink-scented cherry blossoms in the spring. But what I loved most about biking through Gyeongju was the peace and quiet that one is hard-pressed to find in other areas of the bustling country of Korea.
Where is your dream place to ride a bike?
Photos courtesy of Steven Moore