Jindo

A Jindo dog

Jindo, also known as "Jindo-gun", (Korean: 진도군) is an island in South Korea, located in the southwestern province of Jeollanam. It is the third-largest island in the country, accessible from the mainland via the city of Mokpo.

Understand

Jindo in South Jeolla

Jindo got its current name in 1001, having been named "Haeyangdo" from the year 995, and "Okjoo-gun" as one of the 14 Korean states. It has been historically invaded by the Mongols and the Japanese. The island is now part of Jindo County, an archipelago of around 230 small islands, of which only 45 are inhabited by 4,855 people.

Important historical events include the Battle of Myeongnyang in 1597, where Admiral Yi Sun-sin achieved a decisive victory against the Japanese. The location was Myeongnyang Strait (Korean: 명량해협), then known as "Uldolmok" for the roaring tidal forces in the channel separating Jindo from the mainland.

Myeongnyang Strait is now spanned by Jindo Bridge, Korea's longest suspension bridge. It was opened in 1984 and a second bridge was added in 2005.

Landscape

Jin-do is mountainous and coastal. The shores are mostly industrial or undeveloped.

Climate

Like Seoul, Jin-do experiences warm springs and rainy summers. Temperatures stay mild into the long autumn months, and the city is often sheltered from coastal winds by its mountainous surroundings.

Get in

By bus

Buses to Jindo bus can be taken from Mokpo and Gwangju but the bus is sometimes stopping in small towns on the way. There is no non-stop public bus to Jindo Island.

There are cross-country buses to and from Seoul 4 times a day (6 hours), to and from Gwangju 53 times a day (2.5 hours), and to and from Busan twice a day (6.5 hours). Otherwise, travellers can take a coach bus from Mokpo, which is at the end of the KTX Honam rails and served by the Muan International Airport. This shuttle costs ₩6000 won each way, and takes just over an hour to reach Jindo's bus terminal.

Get around

There are few taxis on Jin-do, and the city is small enough to explore on foot. The coach bus from Mokpo does make stops on its route around the island. Ferries service the bigger islets. See a general map of the island here. For a map of the city surrounding the bus terminal, click here.

See

Do

The mysterious sea road to Mo-do

Buy

Jindo's specialty spirit is Hongju (Korean: 홍주), a clear red liquor made from the goji berry, distilled to over 80-proof. Gift sets of traditional liquor are for sale throughout the region.

Eat

The island's specialties include miyeog (Korean: 미역), a brown seaweed (Japanese, wakame), and black rice. Seafood is common, as well as other typical Korean food. The city boasts a notable number of fried chicken and fast-food establishments. Chinese Matrimony Tea (Gugija) is grown in Jin-do and said to be good for your health.

Go next

The bus terminal is in the center of town, and the coach bus back to Mokpo runs regularly until 20:30

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