Jindo Sea Parting: Science Behind the 'Magic'
Extreme low tides explain modern analog of the Moses miracle in South Korea.
For the hour that the path is visible at its peak time on each of the four festival days, visitors take leisurely walks to Modo Island while the locals dig around for clams and seaweed. Although there is only one annual festival, the water parts two to three times a year between March and June.
The parting of the Jindo Sea was brought to the wider world's attention in 1975 by former French Ambassador to South Korea Pierre Landy, who called it the Korean version of Moses' miracle in a French newspaper, referring to the biblical parting of the Red Sea.
But far from miraculous, the Jindo Sea parting is likely the result of extreme low tides caused by a phenomena