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.
Recently, I signed on to film an episode of "Top 10 Korea" with Arirang TV. I've spent the past few weekends traveling to destinations around Korea that have some sort of relation to railroads, the theme of the episode. I'm positively certain that I will end up looking like an idiot on international television, but despite that, it has been a really fun experience so far.