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Thousands of people come to Jindo on the Southern tip of of the Korean peninsula every April to witness what locals call the parting of the sea. French Ambassador to South Korea Pierre Landy was the first to
draw international attention to what he called the Korean version of the biblical tale about Moses parting the Red Sea so the Israelites could escape their lives of slavery in Egypt. The Koreans have their own story involving an old woman who was left behind by accident when her family sailed from the island of Mo, which was infested with Tigers. But Grandmother Ppong was accidently left behind. So she prayed to the Dragon King. On the third night her prayers were answered when the Dragon King appeared before her and told her to cross the sea on a
rainbow he would create for her. Sadly she died at the end of her journey from exhaustion, but happy that she had been reunited with her family.
But there is a less mystical explaination as to how people are able to walk across from the mainland to the island of Mo, which is two and a half kilometres away. Scientists say the phenomenon occures because the coastal waters are low due to the movement of the moon. The tidal outflow forms a passage 40 to 60 metres wide and two and a half kilometres long. People cross on foot and along the way collect shells and seaweed from what is usually the sea floor.
The event has become so popular that festival of singing and dancing in which Grandmother Ppong is a central figure, accompanies the phenomenon. Thousands of visitors from around the world join the festivities and walk to the island.
JINDO, SOUTH KOREA, RECENT
Ws parade of boats before the sea parts,
WS statue of Grand Mother Pong;
WS boats on parade where the tide or "miracle" happens every year,
CA audience watching peformers,
Musicians on stage with dancers;
Ws daners on stage beating drums,
People begin walking out to the island;
SOT Kim Guy-Chae, Vice Chief of Jindo County "the festival for the first time known to the foreign countries in 1975 when a french ambassador Pierre Landy came to Seoul and called it a Korean versian of the Moses miracle."
Woman playing traditonal instruments;
VOX POP Kim Soo-Yon "According to a legend this thing has taken place just because "Grand Mother prayed for God to make a road so that she would be able to meet her family members who left her behind."
WS people making their way across the straight to the island,
Pan procession of people from mainland to island.
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