Jeju’s Mysterious Road

Written by on March 8, 2011 in Travel

Jeju is rightfully called Korea’s Paradise. There is so much beauty here, that one can forget the jagged mountainous terrain of the mainland. With its lush forests and majestic waterfalls, it’s no wonder that Jeju is one of many locations vying for a spot on the New Seven Wonders of the World list. Beauty aside, there is a bit of mystery left to this paradise. It’s one that must be experienced in person for you to actually believe, for here, cars roll up hill.

That’s right, cars, buses; you name it… roll up hill. Pull up to the starting line in your vehicle, put it in neutral, take your foot off the break, and rather than moving backwards… you move forward. It’s an incredible sight and if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it.

When we finally stumbled upon the correct road, I was blown away by how this phenomenon works. Not only does it work, but it works well. Several people, including myself, had to put on our breaks while traveling uphill. My mouth literally dropped when I saw that even huge buses were trucking along up the hill. To think that you could be sitting in a several ton car or truck and move uphill with no power was mind boggling. It’s one of those things that you really have to experience to get the feel. No picture or video can do it justice.

Here’s a bit of bad news. There are two roads listed on Jeju as the Mysterious Road. The correct road is near Loveland (see map). You’ll know you’re in the right place, because it will be very crowded and traffic will come to a standstill as everyone is giving this oddity a try.

Technically the Mysterious Road is an optical illusion. The countryside makes the road appear like it’s traveling uphill, but in reality the road is on a downward slope. The science of the road makes it even more interesting and one of the must-see places to visit while on Jeju.

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Steve Miller

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