Koreans, visitors await parting of sea between islands

World | May 16, 2018 16:57
An annual four-day festival in South Korea celebrating a phenomenon when the sea between two islands part began today on Jindo Island in the south of the country.
Around this time of year, the ocean parts to open a 2.8 kilometer, 40-meter-wide pathway between Jindo Island and Modo Island for a few hours a day, allowing locals and tourists to walk between the islands, Yonhap reports.
This year, the natural marvel will take place at 6:00 p.m. today, 6:40 p.m. Thursday, 7:20 p.m. Friday and 8:10 p.m. Saturday, according to the festival's organizer.
The Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival, in its 40th edition this year, became known internationally through then-French Ambassador to Seoul Pierre Landy in 1975.
This year's festival, featuring 70 events, began with a ritual to pay homage to the local mythical figure Granny Ppong, followed by various cultural performances and activities to learn about and experience local music, painting, calligraphy and liquor.

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