Not many would know what to do with a set of abandoned railroad tracks, useless mountain tunnels, and a stretch of coastal scenery. Yet, the folks in Samcheok
, a city located on the eastern coast of Korea, found themselves with these seemingly purposeless components and turned them into a clever tourist destination. Leave it to the Koreans to create something from nothing.
The Samcheok Ocean Railbike offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the beautiful vistas of Korea's eastern shoreline and the East Sea (or, to the rest of the world, The Sea of Japan). My friend Marie and I were scheduled to take a ride on the railbikes while filming "Railroads" for Arirang TV's "Top 10 Korea" last month.