NOW Episode 40
The Magical Parting of the Sea
A magical natural phenomenon has unfolded off the coast of Jindo in Jeollanam-do Province once again this spring. Dubbed the “Miracle of Moses in Korea,” it is the parting of the sea that occurs at an extremely low tide, revealing a 2.8km-long strip of land that connects to a nearby island. What is so magical about this natural event is that the width of the pathway is fairly constant, measuring around 40m, throughout the entire stretch. The county hosts an annual festival to celebrate this natural phenomenon under the title, “Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival,” and it attracts around 500,000 tourists each year. The pathway is revealed for just an hour, during which people can walk to the other island and engage in various ecological experiences. We take you to check out the majestic sight at the 41st Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival!
The Allure of the Fountain Pen
The fountain pen has a unique allure, but it can be somewhat difficult to use, especially if it is your first time. It requires a special type of ink, and the nib can easily be damaged by impact. A lot of care goes into maintaining a fountain pen in its best shape. Despite these challenges, it is a classic writing tool that has been widely loved to this day. Its allure lies in the beautiful calligraphic writing, the possibility of creating diverse strokes with varying thicknesses, and the pleasant sound it makes as it glides on paper. The analog vibe of this writing instrument is also another reason it is so appealing. This week, we take you to a special place where people come together to share their love for this writing instrument and repair their old but lovingly cherished fountain pens so that they can be loved for many more years.
Bustling Restaurants Without Signs
For any and all types of business establishments, a storefront sign is essential as it helps grab the attention of the passersby and allow customers to locate the shop. But these days, there are businesses that are implementing the completely opposite marketing strategy. There is a grill restaurant on an old print shop alley in Seoul that has kept the old sign of the printing shop that used to be there before. And there is even a restaurant in Seongsu-dong that is without any signs! There is a restaurant and bar that’s booming with tons of young customers, but when you get there based on its address, you will be welcomed by a fruit store instead. If you stick around long enough though, you’ll catch a glimpse of people entering and leaving out the refrigerator doors. This week, we take you to these no-so-secret restaurants that only the food insiders know about!