Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road)

Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road)

Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road)
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Mwef
Orange County, CA18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We stopped here without planning, and the road looks like it’s inclined hill, but when you put ur transmission in neutral, the car still goes forward for like few yards. But that’s it. Nothing more interesting tho. It was pretty quick tour spot
Written 3 January 2020
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leeyuxiangben
Singapore, Singapore24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I mean, if you stay near the area in Jeju city, or are going to nearby attractions like the Love museum, you will have to pass by it and you can try it out. But for those staying at other places... i would say it's not really worth the drive. To put it this way, the petrol is better spent elsewhere on this beautiful island.
Written 13 January 2015
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Jasminetck
Shah Alam, Malaysia429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
This road defy the law of gravity. When a car is on neutral gear and foot off the accelerator, cars can actually go “uphill” on this road!
Written 5 December 2018
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arzed91
Kuala Belait, Brunei Darussalam24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We took a taxi from Central City Hotel to The Mysterious Road for 7200 KRW. Nothing really there. My BIL tried to leave a bottle on the road, naturally it went downhill, nothing mysterious. I would not go back there. Luckily there was a Mystic 3 Cafe there so we went in for coffee and tea.
Written 1 August 2023
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Cotton2012_13
Singapore, Singapore124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Family
Self-Drive Holiday in Jeju:
Everyone loves going on holidays and I believe a great percentage of these do so on guided tours. Guided tours are fine where convenience is concerned; hotels, meals, itineraries, transport, flights, places of interests to visit, entrance fees etc. etc. are all taken care of by the tour company. As I had discovered decades ago, despite all the conveniences of a guided tour, there are drawbacks that would put one off such tours completely; not being able to sleep-in and wake up as and when you want, having limited time to enjoy the various places of interests or enjoy your lunch while taking in the magnificent scenery from a mountain top restaurant , having to put up with other travellers who simply cannot or are not bothered to be on time, not being able to visit or enjoy other interesting places that are rarely included in tour itineraries, to list a few. Ever since my first guided tour holiday overseas, I have opted for a self-drive holiday and I am very sure there are many out there who would love to do so too, but refrained from doing so because of a lack of information and perhaps, apprehensive about what it would entail to do a self-drive holiday in a foreign land. This guide is to help dispel those apprehensions and provide the necessary information for you to successfully make that first self-drive holiday in the Honeymoon Island of Jeju, and hopefully, many more thereafter in other destinations of your dreams.
Preparation:
Many experts would advise, and rightly so, that you should first read up all the necessary information on driving at the destination that you will be holidaying in. However, in my opinion, what is more important is having the self-confidence to drive in a foreign land. Sometimes, things can go wrong, road and weather conditions can change to the extent that no pre-reading or preparation can help, but, with that very important self-confidence, it will see you through. You must also have a flexible mind set and be ready to accommodate changes when necessary – only then will you be able to thoroughly enjoy your self-drive holiday. Having said that, I must say that driving in Jeju is a walk-in-the-park, quite unlike, for example, driving through the mountain pass between Sun Moon Lake and Hualien County in Taiwan – that is a drive I would never recommend to the feint hearted.
International Driving Permit – you will need to obtain an International Driving Permit to be able to rent a car in Jeju, and for that matter, in most other countries. It can be easily obtained at AAS and it costs only $20.00 and is valid for one year.
You would also want to search for information on all the places of interests and decide on which of those to visit during your stay in Jeju. This is to help you plan and minimize travelling time. These can be had at the Korea Tourism Centre at Samsung Centre
Choice of Hotel –
There are many hotels catering to different needs and budgets to choose from. The one most often asked question is the location – to stay in Jeju-si or Seogwipo-si? My experience tells me that it makes no difference – it is just a matter of choice. If you are arriving in Jeju late at night, then, perhaps, you may wish to stay in a hotel that is near the airport, to minimize your night driving had you decided on a hotel in Seogwipo-si. We landed in Jeju at 2000 hrs, collected our car at 2100 hrs and drove to Seogwipo-si where our hotel was situated. It was a pleasant forty-five minute drive with guidance from the GPS unit.
Car Rental Company:
There are many car rental companies in Jeju, but you will most likely come across only a handful if you search the internet – Kumho, AJ Rentals (AVIS), SIXT, Donga and Jeju Rent-a-Car. Do note, though, that there are more than a dozen of competing rental companies at the airport to choose from if you prefer to shop around for the best rates and cars upon your arrival. I book mine through AJ Rentals, not only because of the brand name, but it also provided the best rates among the others on the net and it did not require me to pay in advance upon confirmation of my reservation. To rent the car, you will need to have an International Driving Permit (obtain it from AAS), your local driving license and passport. You can pay either in cash or credit card.
Type of Car:
The type of car you choose is totally dependent on your preference and budget – luxury or basic. However, do consider the available boot space that will be needed to accommodate your luggage. As a guide, the boot of a KIA K3 can accommodate only three large suitcases with no space for a smaller, fourth piece. In a situation where there are four adults, the smaller, fourth suitcase will have to share estate space in the back seat with two other passengers. The cost of rental is dependent on the type of car, number of days and the period of travel. As a guide, a KIA K3 cost approximately S$60.00 per day for 5 days during the holiday season in November. The rate includes insurance, CDW and the use of a English language GPS, with collection and return at the airport. The rates of the other rental companies that I surveyed were cheaper, however, I cannot vouch for their quality nor service support. You decide at your own risk.
The overall condition of the car was good. The only ‘defect’ was the slight steering alignment problem but it was not something that would put us in danger at any time.
Maps:
Do you need a map when it is very likely that you will be relying on the GPS? YES! A map is necessary for planning your routes and selecting the places of interests to visit.
You can easily obtain a detailed map of Jeju Island, with all the major highways and feeder routes from your local Korean Tourism office. You can also obtain these from the car-rental companies when you collect your car in Jeju. You can use it to plan your route, estimate the travel time and locate other possible places of interests that you don’t find on the standard tourist trail. You can use this same map to write down the telephone numbers of the places of interests that you plan to visit. You will need these numbers for keying into the GPS system to guide you to your destination. I made it a point to re-confirm that the telephone numbers are current by asking the hotel staff to extract the numbers from their computer system. This proved to be very useful.
Collecting Your Car At The Airport:

After clearing immigration and customs, proceed to gate 5 of the arrival terminal. Opposite the gate, there is a green, covered walk-way with a sign that says “Car Rentals”; it will lead you to a building where there are a lot of car-rental companies. If you had pre-booked your car, look for the car-rental company in the building. However, do take note that this building houses the local car rental companies. For the international brands such as Avis, Hertz and the other bigger local companies, they are housed in another location outside the airport. You will need to check with them when you are doing the booking or email them for the information.
If the collection centre of the car rental company that you booked with is located outside the airport, wait for their shuttle bus at Gate 5. You will recognize their shuttle bus by their brand name boldly emblazoned on the sides of the bus. Since I booked my car through Avis, I took the ‘AJ’ shuttle bus to their rental office on the outskirts of the airport. The shuttle bus runs on a regular schedule. Arriving at the front of the office, you take a queue ticket. If you had made reservations, it takes just a few seconds to call up your reservation after presenting your passport, driver's licence and International Driving Permit. You will be shown the rental agreement with all the details pertaining to the type, class, number of days of rental, total costs and any other relevant information.
With Avis, the GPS is included in the rental, whereas for other rental companies that I had enquired with, the GPS is charged separately.
After you have signed the rental agreement, you will be shown your car. You then drive it off to the inspection building where they will go through the car with you to identify any minor damages, scratches, dents etc. They will also have you verify that the fuel tank is full and instruct you on the use of the GPS before getting you to sign off the acknowledgement form. Do ensure that the GPS is an English language version. Keep the documents safely in the glove-compartment and be sure to get the telephone number of the station that you will return the car to. You will need this number to key into the GPS system to guide you back. You then proceed on your way, presumably, to your hotel for a much needed rest after the long flight to Jeju.
When returning the car, you just need to drive back to the same depot from where you had collected it. Just key the given number into the GPS. Upon arrival, follow the sign, “Car Return” and head for an available lot. The attendant there will check the car with you and when all is in order, he hands you a form to sign after you have returned the key to him. You then take the shuttle bus that will take you to the departure hall at the airport.

The use of the GPS:

Different makes and models operate slightly differently from one another, however, the common function that generalizes all of them is the use of the telephone number of a particular hotel, attraction or establishment to program the location into the GPS. For example, the telephone number of our hotel, Ocean Palace Hotel, Jeju, is 064 - 7305800. To navigate to the hotel from the airport, I just had to key in the number 7305800 and simply touch the 'Navigate' button and voila, it calculates the shortest route and starts the voice navigation system in a jiffy - it's as simple as that. From then on, just follow the voice navigation to get you to your hotel. If you make a wrong turn or pass a junction where you were supposed to turn, do not panic. Just relax and drive on – it will re-direct you back to the planned route or at times, provide you with a new course. In fact, we had a lot of fun and discovered many new places of interest by intentionally turning off to smaller but interesting-looking roads just to see what lies ahead and where it will eventually lead us to – that is the beauty of a self-drive holiday.

Driving in Jeju:
Jeju has a coastal ring road of approximately 181 km, not counting the connecting highways linking the North-South-East –West regions. The coastal scene is a sight to behold! It is left-hand driving in Jeju.To those who have never driven on the left side of the road, it takes a little getting used to, physically as well as in your mind. It gets a little more confusing when turning at traffic junctions, especially when driving through – stopping gives you an opportunity to orientate yourself and prepare in your mind the lane to take when turning. To minimize this confusion, always try to follow a car in front of you which is turning in the same direction as you. It is also helpful to remember that when turning, the roadside kerb will always be on the right of the driver.

The roads, save for the highways, are slightly narrower than the roads we are used to in Singapore.
Generally, the speed limits are:
30 Km / hr within 100 m of school zones
50 Km / hr in town areas
60 Km / hr in the outskirts of town
70 Km / hr along highways

The speed limits change quite frequently, so it is advisable to keep a look-out for the change in speed limits. There are speed-cameras practically everywhere, usually positioned up on traffic lights, lamp-posts and in some places, hidden behind 'boxes' manned by a policeman. So, if you wish to spend your money supporting the policemen, speed on at your own risk.
The local drivers can, at times, be quite reckless. Just like we have hell-drivers here, there are hell-drivers in Jeju too, but not too many. Just stay alert and always be on the look-out using your wing and rearview mirrors all the time. Except for the main areas of Jeju-si and Seogwipo-si, most of the roads around the island are quite free of traffic.

To estimate the time needed to travel any distances, take an average speed of 45 km/hr.
Parking:
Generally free parking along kerb-sides and paid parking in some buildings and are generally available easily. Most hotels have free parking for their guests – do check with the hotel management that you have booked with.
Petrol cost:
As at Nov 2014: Krw 1750 / ltr

Planning Your Routes:
Planning your routes is totally at your own whim and fancy, depending on the places of interest as well as the available time you have on the island. If you have a few days ( I would recommend a minimum of five days), perhaps you may wish to consider the following suggestion:
1. Day 1 – Arrival and check into hotel. This sample itinerary is on the assumption that your hotel is in Seogwipo.
2. Day 2 – Explore the west scenic coastal drive (Route 1132) of Sagye, Gosan-Ilwa, Hagwi-Aewol and visit the places of interest along this route ( Mt Sangkaksan / Songkaksan / Yongmeori). There are many cafes (especially along the Coastal Cafe Road) and bbq restaurants for stops of aromatic coffee and grilled black pig meat. Explore Jeju-si city (underground shopping mall) and return via highway 1131 where the famous ‘Forest Tunnel’ is located.
After dinner, take a drive to the Lotte World Resort for some very beautiful night scenery of the giant windmills.
3. Day 3 – Go East this time along the Pyeoson, Sehwa-Jongdal and Gimyeong – Haengwon coastal routes. Stopover at Seongsan Ilchubong (Sunrise Peak). Have dinner in Jeju-si before doing a night drive back to Seogwipo.
4. Day 4 – Alternative 1
Drive to Seongsan Port in the north-east via the eastern coastal route and park your car there. Purchase your ferry tickets to Udo Island and spend a very interesting day there. You can tour the island by buying the hop-off-on bus tickets or for the adventurers, you can hire the quad-bikes or scooters.
Alternative 2 – visit the popular tourist spots such as the Trick-art museum, teddy bear museum, waterfalls, submarine tours, Green Tea museum, Geomun Oreum, Citrus fruit farms, mysterious road, etc etc....
5. Day 5 – Check out of hotel for catch your flight back home.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Telephone Numbers of Attractions For GPS:
Citrus Fruit Museum - 732 2114
Geomun Oreum - 7108981
Joongang Underground Mall - 723 1510
Jusenggeolli Cliffs - 7381521
Lotte Hotel - 731 1000
Alive Museum - 805 0888
Trick Art Museum - 787 8774
Seongeup Folk Village - 787 1179
Traditional 5 day market (Jeju-si) - 7435985
Seongsan Harbour (Ferry to Udo Island) - 782 5671
Seongsan Ilchubong - 783 0959
Cheongyejeong Waterfall - 760 6331
Cheongjiyeong Waterfall - 733 1528
Jeongbang Waterfall - 733 1530
Teddy Bear Museum - 738 7600
Jeju Folk Village - 787 4501
Jeju Sea-World - 784 2333
Aqua Planet Jeju - 780 0900
Manjanggul Cave - 710 7903
Oedolgae - 760 3033
Written 10 December 2014
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Gobular Benign Soul
New Delhi, India55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
Though the name makes it very mysterious and people become very curious, it doesnt really add to any experience. Not worth the hype it creates.
Written 29 November 2018
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Exploration673066
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
At eye level, the short stretch looked like an upward sloping road, but it was actually a 3 degrees downhill slant. A bit out of the way, would not recommend making a trip there unless you're from Jeju-si enroute to Hallasan National Park.
Many of the 'mysterious bottle rolling uphill' videos have been posted on youtube in case you want to see the mystery! The real attraction here was the huge iconic black pig family statue. It was detailed and incredible. LOL
Written 27 October 2018
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Jess317
Jakarta, Indonesia101 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
Very interseting to see our car moves uphill with the engine off. My tour guide explained the reason behind this but I still don't understand XD. Try to pour the water and the same thing happened.
Written 10 June 2018
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planeswalker360
Bangkok, Thailand78 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We just pass by this place to try and observe this mysterious road. Well , it is kinda so. We did not get off of our coaster anymore since our driver show it already to us.
Written 23 May 2018
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Zi Eng T
Penang Island, Malaysia178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
The stretch of road looks like it's uphill but rolling a water bottle will make it roll uphill instead of downhill. It's interesting to explore.
Written 8 May 2017
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