Jindo Island is basically the third largest island in South Korea, and together with a group of much smaller islands, it forms Jindo County. The tide-related sea level variations result in a local phenomenon (a “Moses Miracle”) when a land pass 2.9 km long and 10-40 meters wide opens for an hour between the main Jindo island and the small Modo island to the south of Jindo. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

The event occurs approximately twice a year, around April-June. It had long been celebrated in a local festival called “Jindo’s Sea Way”, but was largely unknown to the world until 1975, when the French ambassador Pierre Randi described the phenomenon in a French newspaper. Nowadays, nearly half a million foreign and local tourists attend the event annually.