Modo, Jindo

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Modo, Jindo
Map ModoIslandJindo County.png
Korean name
Revised RomanizationModo

Modo Island is a small island in Jindo County, South Jeolla province, South Korea, just off the southwest corner of the Korean peninsula. It is located to the south-east of Jindo Island and is about 1.1 km long and 300 meters wide.

The tide-related sea level variations result in a land pass 2.9 km long and 10–40 meters wide opening for approximately an hour between Modo and Jindo islands. The event occurs roughly twice a year, around April–June.[1] 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.[2][3] Nowadays, nearly half a million foreign and local tourists attend the event annually. It is accompanied by local festivals which include Ganggangsuwollae (Korean traditional circle dance), Ssitkim-gut (a shaman ritual, consoling the souls of the dead), Deul Norae (traditional farmers' songs), Manga (burial ceremony songs), Jindo dog show, Buknori (drum performance) and fireworks.[4][5]


  1. ^ Times sea way opens in 2009 Archived 2012-03-03 at the Wayback Machine, Jindo County
  2. ^ The Moses Miracle Of Jindo Island, 17 July 2010
  3. ^ Майские фестивали в Чолладо – от "чуда Моисея" до боя быков Archived 2009-07-31 at the Wayback Machine (in Russian)
  4. ^ Jindo Mysterious Sea Road Archived 2012-03-03 at the Wayback Machine, Jindo County
  5. ^ Martin Robinson, Ray Bartlett, Rob Whyte Korea, Lonely Planet, 2007 ISBN 1-74104-558-4, p. 266

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Coordinates: 34°24′25″N 126°21′14″E / 34.407°N 126.354°E / 34.407; 126.354