|Hotel Robero at Jeju City, |
a 3 star hotel, cater mostly
to package tourists
Our bus arrived at a seemingly gentle uphill undulating road called Dokebi Road, also called Mysterious or Ghost Road, and cut off its engine. The bus rolled forward steadily and slowly gaining speed while going "uphill". This is just an illusion. Actually the bus was going downhill instead of uphill. Due to the lack of a true horizon, subconsciously our judgement of a slope is misled by the false horizon in that area. This is not unique to Jeju alone but the Koreans have done a great job marketing this Mysterious Road or Ghost Road into a tourist spot. The bus rolled about 300 meters until it reached a sign that marked the end of the mysterious road and the driver roared the engine back to life and turned into a parking spot nearby. According to Kent, our tour guide, this road was spotted by a taxi driver who was giving a newlywed couple a driving tour around the area in 1980s. The wife needed to take a leak and since it was a deserted area, she eased herself on the road, and then came rushing back to the taxi to informed her husband that her leak actually flow "upstream".
We get down to inspect the road with close proximity. We did a couple of experiment like pouring waters on the road, running forward and reverse and gawked at passing buses or cars did what our bus jsu did moment ago. We saw a lot of water marks on the right hand side of the road, and bus load upon busload of tourist arrive and go. This Dokebi Road had been transform into a big tourist attraction. After 30 minutes later, we boarded our bus to the next destination - another museum, but along the way we stopped at a farm for tasting of Jeju's most famous fruit - Jeju oranges. There are a lot of oranges trees in the farm where we were allowed to roam and take our pick of the fruits from the tree freely. Little M and big M had their fill, but Middle M had his eyes on Jeju orange chocolate cracker, a kind of rice cracker with orange and chocolate filling, at the farm souvenir shop. We bought 3 boxes for snack later in the bus, and they tasted really nice. Little M also loaded with a lot of Vitamin C that were laid out as samples. We bought 2 boxes and maybe that explained why we did not catch any cold during the entire trip.
Here are a couple of pictures I took at the Ghost Road and the Jeju tangerine farm:
Location: Hotel Robero, 57-2, Samdo1-dong, Jeju International Airport/ Jeju City, Jeju-do, South Korea.
Location: Dokebi Road, Jeju-do, South Korea
Tourists by the roadside waiting for passing cars or buses to witness the "anti-gravity" feat.
Traffic was busy, and it gets dangerous as tourists did experiment to try to get the the "anti-gravity" feeling. They can be spotted running to and fro backwards, or rolling Evian water bottles on the road or simply pouring water on the road and seeing it runs. Honking of cars or buses were common and we witnessed near accident twice for the short time we were there.