Have you heard the how Grandma Ppong was left behind when the tigers were rampaging Jindo island? This sweet little old granny prayed to the gods and asked them to open the sea so she could reunite with her family on the island where they all fled. Since this popular story came to light there’s been a festival each year honoring her passage across the sea. While the morning parting with torches is most popular, there are other Jindo Sea Festival highlights you absolutely need to check out!
Ordained with mini flags from around the world over tent stands, you can totally guess what this part of the festival is. Countries represented were America, China, Japan, Korea, Russia and Turkey. You want to try Tsingtao beer? China has got you covered. Maybe you just want beer and chicken? Head over to the Korea stand. Maybe you’re in the mood for cocktails a la strong? Go over to America! During the day there were even performances from Peru and at night live bands and more Kpop dancing.
I was lucky enough to participate in the first Holi Hai on the beach at Jindo. During the spraying of the powder, there were Kpop dance performances (which we couldn’t see due to the high amount of powder in the air) and great Kpop music. The beach was pretty wet so my feet are still stained pink as I write this and I keep finding blue in my ears. Other than that, everyone was a great sport and it was exhilarating to participated in my very first Holi Hai!
Jindo Puppies and Jindo Dog Show
Before the main stage there is a little area with a house that shelters Jindo puppies. If you love dogs like I do or you want to pet a puppy, this is a great opportunity. I love animals so much and I couldn’t pass up a chance to hug one of these smart and adorable dogs. In the late afternoon there was a stage event showcasing all the cool tricks Jindo dogs can do. These included painting, fetching baskets with certain hangul phrases on them, and jump rope.
Send a wish to Grandma Ppong
While walking down the road by the sea, there’s stands showcasing everything from alcohol, convenience stores, and other interesting activities. We found a booth where we could write a wish to Grandma Ppong and tie it over by her statue (and maybe get our wishes heard by the Gods). I wrote mine in cursive and Spanish for all those who want to be nosey! You were then free to tie your ribbon on the ropes in front of Grandma Ppong’s statue.
Watch the festival boat
I’m not sure what the purpose of the boat was, but it was fun to hear them ringing bells, banging gongs, and making merry. It was relaxing to watch as the sea breeze cools you from the hot sun and makes you feel refreshed.
Escape under a cherry tree
If you’ve grown tired of all the people and crowds of the festival, these cherry trees are located at the farthest parking lot of the festival toward the entrance. It was a great find and quiet place to collect your thoughts or take a relaxing nap.