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BIKE RIDING THROUGH SAMNAK RIVERSIDE

‘Tis the season of getting outside and enjoying the heat, and what better way to ring in the sweet summertime than going for a riverside bike ride. My friend Jake and I made our way to Samnak Ecological Park in Busan and rented a bike for ₩3,000 each. We had to give the rental place a piece of ID, which was returned once we gave back the bikes. I read online that foreigners can rent these bikes for free, but turns out it wasn’t true. No biggie though, ONWARDS WE WENT FOR OUR RIVERSIDE ADVENTURE!

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We had one hour to ride around the area, which is the largest of the four parks located along the Nakdonggang River.

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We rode pass a plethora of soccer and baseball fields, camp grounds, and even an inline skating rink. The boys in the picture below enthusiastically said hello as I was passing by and couldn’t help but snap a photo, they were just so darn cute!

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Peddling along the riverside, I forgot I was still in a city. The leisurely ride was a great escape from the regular bustle and filled with scenic marshes, tall grasslands, willow trees, wildflowers, and all types of birds flying up and around us.

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The only complaint is that a one hour rental wasn’t long enough. The park is ginormous, and you could easily ride around for an entire afternoon.

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After the hour was up we broke quite a sweat, and an appetite. Jake asked what I was in the mood for and my immediate answer was mul naengmyeon (물냉면). It’s a refreshing South Korean summer dish served cold and made with radish water, meat, noodles, veggies, and a red spicy sauce.

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We also ordered a platter of homemade mandu (만두), which I crave constantly no matter the season.

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