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Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival 2024

The image of a parting sea evokes a figure of Moses and the Red Sea, but in the Korean version the miracle happens to a woman at the Yellow Sea

Dates: March 11–13, 2024

Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival
Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival

You most likely know the Bible story of Moses parting the Red Sea to rescue his people from Egyptian warriors. Well, a similar thing takes place in South Korea every spring—the Yellow Sea drops by 140 ft (42 m), leaving a 1.7 mile (2.8 km) long and 120 ft (36 m) wide path between the islands of Jindo and Modo. So, in a nutshell, it is a real recreation of the famous Biblical event!

Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival History

The phenomenon's background story stems from ancient times when people worshipped the deities of nature. Once upon a time, Jindo island was attacked by ruthless tigers, and everyone escaped, except one unfortunate woman. She stood by the sea and prayed to the sea deity to open the waters for her to flee to the neighbouring island, and her prayers were heard.

The phenomenon wasn't that well-known in the world until 1975 when a travelling journalist from France witnessed what he later called "Moses Miracle." It's a one-of-a-kind things that draws visitors from all around the world.

Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival Dates

Everyone can see the wondrous phenomenon at Jindo Sea Parting Festival (Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival) held at low tide, that is usually in late April or early May. In 2024, the festival falls on March 11-13. So what to expect? Festival-goers gather at the seaside when it's still dark, so everyone is holding a burning torch. This tradition, along with drumming circles, creates an especially mysterious atmosphere. The walk itself begins at 6 am when the water is particularly shallow. It may start rising up in less than an hour, so there isn't really that much time to enjoy the procession.

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