Jindo Island is the third
largest island in Korea following Jejudo and Geojedo islands, and
composed of up to 250 islands. Historically, Jindo Island is the place
in which General Yi Sun-sin landed his great naval victory, and is the
origin of the beauties of the Southern Provinces. It is also home to
symbols of national pride such as the Jindo breed of dogs and Gugija
berries. Jindo Island is easily accessible with the recent
construction of the Jindo Island Bridge.
The “Moses’ Miracle” of Jindo
Jodo-myeon, Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do
is the third largest island in Korea, next to Jejudo and Geojedo
Island. It is made up of 250 smaller islands, and it is famous for
the appearance of a dry road in the middle of the sea around the end
of February and middle of June, of the lunar calendar. Because it
resembles what happened in the Old Testament in the Book of Exodus,
the event is called “Moses’ Miracle”. When the water recedes, a road
about 30-40 meter wide and 2.8 km long appears, which stays for
about an hour before being submerged again. Jindo Island has some
legends which are still popular today, especially that of “Old Woman
Bbyong of Hoedongri”. A long time ago, there were many tigers on
Jindo island. When tigers began appearing frequently in the village,
the people fled to Modo Island. In the process, only the old woman
Bbyong ended up remaining on the island, so the lady prayed everyday
to Yongwang, the god of the ocean, to let her see her family again.
Around February, Yongwang appeared to her in her dream and said, “I
will send a rainbow to the sea tomorrow; ride it and cross the
ocean”. The next day old woman Bbyong went out to the sea and prayed
again, and the sea water parted and round rainbow road appeared.
Through this road, her family and the other villagers came back to
the island. Because of this legend, when the sea parts, the people
celebrate by holding the Yeongdeung festival and remember the Old
Woman Bbyong. During the Festival, original folk plays of Jindo
Island is performed and draw many tourists to Jindo Island.
Jindo-eup Bus Terminal, take bus going to Jindo Island or Hoedong-ri.
- Parking Fee: Free
- Inquiries: Jindo City Hall Culture & Tourism Department, Tel :
- Homepage: http://www.chindo.chonnam.kr/jindonew/tour/infomation2.html