Saturday, April 16, 2011

Mysterious Road on Jeju Island - PH

PhotoHunt theme : Road

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My student trying an experiment to see if she can roll up the road :D

Jeju is such a beautiful island, it is indeed the paradise of Korea. I visited Jeju Island with a couple of my students and we had so much fun. 

There is a mysterious road on Jeju Island. The place was very crowded and traffic came to a standstill as everyone was giving this oddity a try.

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Our driver pulled up his 40-seater bus to a starting line of this mysterious uphill road, put it in neutral and took his foot off the break. An amazing thing happened ..... rather than moving backwards ..… the bus moved forward! Our mouths literally dropped. It was an incredible sight seeing cars and buses rolling uphill!

Next our tour guide poured some water on the mysterious road, the water flowed uphill too!

If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it.

It’s one of those things that you really have to experience to get the feel. No picture or video can do it justice, but maybe this will inspire people to try it for themselves when they go to Jeju! That was a really fun place.


A check on Wikipedia reveals :

A magnetic hill or gravity hill is a place where a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope due the layout of the surrounding land, creating the optical illusion that water flows uphill or a car left out of gear will roll uphill.



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30 comments:

  1. Looking forward to visiting the road and the Island someday and experience it myself. :)

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  2. I encountered a similar place (though not an actual road) in Knott's Berry Farm in California. Billed as the haunted shack or such like, it all felt somewhat disconcerting! ;O

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  3. Magical Korea!




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  4. How strange! A Polish friend told me about this phenomenon in his town but I thought he was joking. I must investigate further.
    Mine is here.

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  5. i've heard of a similar story---it's a road on the island of Negros. i thought it as just a story, didn't know it's an optical illusion. very interesting!

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  6. We have a couple of roads like this here in Camada - you're right - unless you actually experience it for yourself it is hard to believe. I can see why students would be fascinated by this kind of thing.

    Have a good weekend.

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  7. I've been there! How come cannot see y mysterrious road? :PPP

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  8. How weird. I would quite like to see this road one day!

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  9. There's a Magnetic Hill on the east coast of Canada, too. :)

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  10. Yeah we were there on a company trip and had the same experience too. tQ for Wikipedia-ed the mystery haha.

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  11. i've heard about the island on some Korean dramas and movies that i've watched. it sounds like a nice place.

    mine's up

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  12. I live on a hill, tomorrow I'll try to roll down, want to see what the neighbors will say !

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  13. Ouh...Optical illusion lar. And I thought it was really that magical. :p

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  14. there is something similar here in california called mystery spot.

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  15. oh, what an amazing experience. I have read about that place too and it must be awesome to see it for real! happy weekend!

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  16. That is wild about the water running uphill. Good post for roads.

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  17. Looks fun! I've been there but I was not able to visit Jeju island.

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    Liz @ MLC

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  18. What an amazing experience to see this road.

    Happy weekend to you ECL.

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  19. Never heard it before..Thanks for coming by..

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  20. We have a similar one here in Ontario Canada. It is a very cool effect. Great choice ECL :)

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  21. There's a place like that near where we live. It's called The Mystery Spot and it's in Santa Cruz, CA. I've been there and it's a real oddity.

    My Photo Hunt entry for 'Road'

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  22. Rolling up hill? It could be a work out if someone would get out and push.

    Coffee is on

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  23. i don't think i've seen such roads before. Jeju Island sounds like an amazing place to visit.

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  24. Wow!! So it's an optical illusion? I want to go Jeju Island!!

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  25. This is jaw dropping! Did your student managed to roll "uphill"?

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  26. Sounds like an interesting trip to Jeju. Thank you for sharing.

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