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Experience the Parting of the Sea in Jindo.

Experience the Parting of the Sea in Jindo

The story of Moses is a famous tale among Christians and Jews throughout the world. The miracle of the parting of the Red Sea when Moses and the Jews were trapped between the Red Sea and the armies of Egypt is perhaps the most memorable and impressive part of the story. But did Moses know that the same miracle happens in Korea every year? 600,000 Jews crossed the Red Sea 3,000 years ago, and now tourists from all over the world cross the sea in Jindo every year.

The Parting of the Sea

Jindo-gun consists of an archipelago of 250 islands. Jindo Island, off Korea's southernmost tip is the third largest island in Korea and houses an impeccable natural environment. At the end of February and the possibly the middle of June by the lunar calendar, the island experiences a world-famous natural wonder known as the Korean version of the 'Moses Miracle'. The phenomenon occurs when the waters recede to form a path that is 2.8km long and 40m wide between Hoedong-ri, Gogun-myeon and Modo-ri, Euisin-myeon. The path appears for just an hour. This year, the astonishing path appears on the 17th (17:50), 18th (18:28), and 19th (19:07) of April. The peak times are indicated above and the sea reveals a path where people can cross the sea on foot. Tourists can also enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery at nearby Gagye Beach. Upon arriving to Hoedong-ri coast, you can see an observatory, a pier and a performance stage.

What catches your eye is the statue of Grandma Ppong and a shrine dedicated to her. In front of the statue, the sea parting takes place. If you follow the mysterious path to the opposite side, that is to Modo-ri, there are statues of Grandma Ppong's family. Who is Grandma Ppong then? Legend says that Grandma Ppong made the parting of the sea parting possible, just like Moses 3,000 years ago. The legend states that a long time ago, the people of Jindo Island were frequently attacked and killed by tigers, so they took a raft and moved to the nearby Modo Island. However, an elderly woman named Grandma Ppong was accidentally left behind. The old lady longed to be reunited with her family and prayed for help night and day to the Dragon King of the Sea. Then, one night, the Dragon King appeared to her in a dream and told her to cross the sea by walking on the rainbow that he will provide for her. When she awoke the next morning, she ran to the sea and a rainbow-shaped opening appeared in the water between Hoedong-ri and Modo-ri. The people of Jindo Island still perform an annual ritual dubbed the Yongdung Festival for the Dragon King in remembrance of the sea-parting miracle and Grandma Ppong.


Historical Relics, Traditional Performances, Temple of a Thousand Year History, and the Marvelous Landscape of an Archipelago

It is true that 'Moses' Miracle' brought Jindo worldwide fame, but Jindo also boasts many other tourist attractions. Relics, folk performances, the spectacular view of the sunrise and sunset, and the grand landscape of the archipelago and on and on--all your fingers are not enough to count the numerous attractions in Jindo. Below are some major tourist attractions.

Jindo Grand Bridge connects Jindo Island to the mainland. From the bridge, the view of sunset and the night views are exceptionally beautiful. The water under the bridge flows so fast that you can see the water bubble up and clearly hear the sound of the flowing water. This is also the famous Site of the Myeongryang Victory (1597) of Admiral Yi Soon-Shin, long remembered as an important sea battle.

Ssanggyesa Temple has a thousand years of history. The temple is surrounded by mountains, and the name "Ssanggyesa" means a temple with two valleys. Along with the antique main sanctuary, the temple also boasts of a vast evergreen forest behind the temple. More than fifty kinds of natural monuments are found in this field. What's more, camellias come into full blossom in March and April creating waves of red flowers.

Namdo Stone Fortress and >Yongjang Mountain Fortress are remnants of Sambyeolcho (special troops of the Goryo Dynasty) resistance against the invading Mongols. Namdo Stone Fortress is of 610m wide and 4 to 6m high and retains its original form. The faded stones with green ivy vines creates an antique ambience. In front of Namdo Fortress is a little bridge called Ssangungyo. Yongjang Mountain Fortress lost its original form, but the part of the fortress site remains. Yongjang Mountain Fortress is 12.75km long and 4m high. Both fortresses provide good promenades.

Jindo is not only famous for its historical sites, but also famous for art and culture. The major attractions are Ullimsanbang (Atelier), Namjin Art Gallery and Hyangto Culture Center. Ullimsanbang is the name of a studio where painters from the Namjonghwa (Southern School of Literary Painting) worked for over 4 generations in the 19th century. The name of the atelier, Ullim, which means "forest of mist," and originated from the misty landscape of its location, deep in the forests surrounding the rugged terrain of Mt. Cheomchalsan. At the center of the pond in front of Ullimsanbang (Atelier), there is a round artificial island, made with natural stones, and only one crape myrtle is found at the center of this little island. A good plan would be to visit the nearby Ssanggyesa Temple and Mt. Cheomchalsan along with Ullimsanbang. Jindo has nurtured many fine painters in history, and their works are displayed at Namjin Art Gallery. The exhibits include calligraphic works, oriental paintings, sculptures and potted plants. The traditional exhibition halls and the nearby evergreen forest are also worth seeing. After Namjin Art Gallery, it is recommended that you visit Hyangto Culture Center for performances such as Ganggansuwolrae (Korean traditional circle dance), Jindo Gut (shaman ritual), Jindo Bukchum (drum dance), Jindo Arirang and Samulnori (farmer's percussion music). The performances are presented on Saturdays.

As mentioned before, Jindo-gun is an archipelago with a magnificent landscape. Among 250 islands, Gwanmaedo Island has the best scenery with the Gwanmae Eight Sights. You can take a ferry to get to Gwanmaedo Island. The ferry departs at 14:30 from Jindo Island and at 16:00 from Gwanmaedo Island. ( Schedule is subject to change). To view the Gwanmae Eight Sights, you can rent a boat from one of the guesthouses on Gwanmaedo Island, and it takes about two hours. The locals pick Mt. Dondaesan as the best place to view the sunrise on Gwanmaedo Island.

Lastly, it's said that if you visit Jindo, you should not miss the 'Eight Sights & Three Treasures'. The Eight Sights include the Mystic Sea Road, Uldolmok Coast, Gwanmae Eight Sights, Namdo Stone Fortress, Ullimsanbang, Yongjang Mountain Fortress and more. The world famous Jindo dog, Gugija (Chinese Matrimony Vines) and natural Dolmiyeok (hard seaweed) are the three treasures of Jindo. In other words, the 'Eight Sights & Three Treasures' are the representative attractions, food, and products of Jindo, and it's advisable to experience all these.


Tour Schedule

Below are samples of Jindo tour schedules. To view the Gwanmae Eight Sights, you need to stay overnight in Gwanmaedo Island. To visit the sea parting miracle (17:00-19:00) and Hyangto Culture Center (Saturday 17:00 to19:00*)a one day tour is possible , but it is recommended to stay overnight.

*Subject to change to 14:00-16:00

  • Day Tour: Jindo Grand Bridge - Yongjang Mountain Fortress - Ullimsanbang & Ssanggyesa Temple (evergreen forest) - Mystic Sea Road (Gagye Beach)
  • One Night/Two Days: Jindo Grand Bridge - Yongjang Mountain Fortress - Ullimsanbang & Ssanggyesa Temple (evergreen forest) - Mystic Sea Road (Gagye Beach) - Jindo-eup (stay overnight) - Namjin Art Gallery - Bija Tree - Namdo Stone Fortress
  • Two Nights/Three Days:
    • Jindo Grand Bridge - Yongjang Mountain Fortress - Ullimsanbang & Ssanggyesa Temple (evergreen forest) - Mystic Sea Road (Gagye Beach) - Jindo-eup (stay overnight) - Namjin Art Gallery - Bija Tree - Namdo Stone Fortress - Hyangto Culture Center - Jindo-eup (stay overnight) - Mt. Geumgolsan
    • Jindo Grand Bridge - Yongjang Mountain Fortress - Ullimsanbang & Ssanggyesa Temple (evergreen forest) - Mystic Sea Road (Gagye Beach) - Jindo-eup (stay overnight) - Namjin Art Gallery - Bija Tree - Namdo Stone Fortress - Gwanmaedo Island (stay overnight) - Gwanmae Eight Sights

More Information

You can take a bus or taxi on Jindo Island. Ferries to Jodo Island or Gwanmaedo Island are available at Paengmokhang Port next to Namdo Stone Fortress. The ferry departs for Gwanmaedo once a day at 14:30, and returns at 16:00 (travel time: 1.5 hours). You can rent a boat from guesthouses on Gwanmaedo Island to view the Gwanmae Eight Sights. Ferries to Jodo Island depart at 08:00, 10:30, 12:00, 14:30 and 18:00. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to get to Jodo Island and ferries make a round trip immediately after arrival.
Inquries: +82-61-1330 (Travel Phone)

Date 01/17/2008

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