Sunday, March 20, 2011
50,000 attend first day of Jindo Sea-Parting.
The 34th annual Jindo Sea-Parting Festival (or Jindo Sea Road Festival 진도 신비의 바닷길 축제) was one of several early-spring cancelled in February and March because of concerns over foot-and-mouth disease. However, 50,000 people---including 2,000 foreigners by Yonhap's estimation---participated in the twice-yearly sea-parting event between Gogumyeon's Hoedong-ri and the small island of Modo. The tide goes out and opens a 2.8-kilometer path, though on the 19th people could only walk out roughly 40 meters, according to the article.
In 2010, according to a Newsis article, 440,000 tourists attented the festival, among them 25,000 foreigners.