For this week’s #wowkoreasupporters mission, we are tasked with introducing one of the islands in Korea! It was a surprise for me to know that Korea actually has 3,358 islands, big and small! Apart from the already well-known islands such as of course, Jeju Island, I have decided to introduce Jindo Island!
Maybe for some of you, when I mention Jindo, you would think of this cute little thing:
Yes, the Jindo dog! It is a breed of dog which originated from Jindo. It is valuable to Koreans as it is native to Korea, it is a national treasure and there is even a Jindo Dog Research and Testing Center in Jindo!
But for now let us move on to some of the attractions in Jindo!
If you’ve been to Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul right outside Gyeongbukgung, you definitely would have seen this statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin.
The Jindo Bridge is famous not only because of its design or because of its convenience linking the island to the main peninsula, but also because it is the site where the Battle of Myeongnyang of the Imjin War took place under Admiral Yi Sun-shin’s command. The Battle of Myeongnyang was significant because Admiral Yi and his fleet were able to defeat the Japanese fleet 13 ships to 133 ships!
It is also for this reason that every year, the Myeongnyang festival is held in Jindo to celebrate this victory and Admiral Yi’s amazing battle. I was able to attend the festival with a school trip sometime in 2012, and it was really an eye-opener because the feeling is very different from that of the festivals in Seoul. There is something very local, very traditional, something that tells me that this local spirit is really what being Korean is about too, not just what we see in the city. If you are interested in experiencing the local Korean culture and festival, I would highly recommend you to go to the Myeongnyang Festival! This year it is on October 9th to 12th so if you are going to be in that area at that time, why not consider joining in the festival?
Jindo Sea Way
Apart from the Jindo dog and the Battle of Myeongnyang, Jindo is also famous for another reason, which is the seaway that appears leading to nearby Modo-ri for 2 to 3 times a year.
This is a natural phenomenon that occurs for about 2 to 3 times a year when the tide recedes so much, and there is a festival usually held in April to commemorate this event! You can not only travel on the sea path, but also take time to enjoy local food, and even pick up some fresh clams or crabs for your meal later!
Getting to Jindo
There are buses from express bus terminal in Seoul that goes to Jindo, but only 4 times a day (07:35, 09:00, 15:30 and 16:35), it takes about 5 hours 40 minutes.