Monk on Wheels

Daeung Sunim is a Korean Buddhist monk who is currently biking across the Americas, starting in Canada. He’s there now, traveling from coast to coast, headed down into the US (coast to coast) and then down into South America. Not a lot out there in English of his own words as to why he’s making the journey, but he’s doing it, and he’s brave. According to the articles on some Buddhist websites, he’s doing it to “test his spirit”.  Always a worthwhile endeavor! He has a blog, but it’s in Korean. Check it out for his own photos and thoughts about the trip… in Korean.

He speaks very little English and no Spanish. In true monk style, he’s letting fate (and a GPS device) decide how it will all come to pass.

A friend he made in Canada is helping him find lodging and food along the way, but it’s one guy reaching out to strangers. He’s set up a Facebook page for Sunim, so you can follow his journey and help it  along if you’re able. Looks like he needs extra help in South America.

Pass the story along to your bike/Buddhist/Korean/traveler/good karma kind of friends and maybe you can become part of it!


  1. Dave Pope
    03 June 12, 8:32pm

    Thank you so much for posting this story about Sunim! I’m the friend he made in Canada and support for Sunim is building as a result of stories like yours. He is making this 30,000 km. bike trip to test his spirit. He’s an amazing man and I pray he completes his journey to the southern tip of Argentina happy, healthy and safe.

  2. Lorrell Onosson
    07 June 12, 3:49pm

    Thank you for posting the story about Daeung Sunim! I picked up the story last Friday and just spent the past 3 days with him here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, helping him around town to acquire new equipment, and enjoyed his company so very very much. A very kind, and sweet man, and I was sad to see him go…happy travels Sunim! Anyone who has the fortune of meeting Sunim on his journey will be very blessed.
    Cheers to all! Lorry O.

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