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Haenyeo Museum
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Full-Day Jeju East Course Bus Tour Including Lunch
Ranked #19 of 142 things to do in Jeju
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

This museum, which focuses on the women divers of Jeju, is well designed and well laid out. It offers a fascinating look into the lives (past and present) of these divers, who spend up to 2 minutes underwater at a time without any breathing apparatus to catch abalone and other sea life. Our guide told us that the divers' current age range is 55 to 85. Younger women have no interest in
continuing this cultural tradition, which is an incredibly difficult way to earn a living and to help support a family.

Nicely curated, the museum offers an excellent film about the divers and shows various aspects of their lives, including past and current swim wear. the tools that have been used, models of fishing villages and the Jeju traditional fishing boat.

I thoroughly enjoyed this close look at a rare way of life that likely won't be around much longer.

Visited November 2013
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“story of inspiring women”
Reviewed 26 October 2013

We visited Jeju Haenyeo museum . Story of woman divers is very inspiring . Even today woman are diving in sea to earn for their family . I salute their courage. Museum is very good . Documentary on Haenyo's was also. Must Visit if you are in Jeju Island .

Visited October 2013
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“single place to learn haenyeo life”
Reviewed 13 October 2013

Jeju is well known by the haenyeo, or that we usually called it as woman divers. Since it was not a good time for diving like a haenyeo and it means that it was so difficult to find one of them when i visited Jeju, i decided to visit the museum. It's not so big, but shows completely how the haenyeo's life, their lives, and their historical stories. It shows not only the diving suit they wear since long time ago until nowadays but also their house, their foods, their tools, and everything. Your journey will be started by watching a video about history of haenyeo. Then you can walk through the dioramas to learn how haenyeo live and works.

Visited April 2013
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Santa Rosa, California
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“Amazing Women”
Reviewed 3 October 2013

One of the many very interesting sites in Jeju Island. These women would dive for 2 minutes at a time to harvest food from the ocean bottom, using no tanks or other equipment. They were the only known groups of women who resisted during the Japanese occupation. Also good access by bus.

Easy to get there by bike, depending on where you are staying on the Island. NIce bike paths, though often are covered with the drying sea weed that the old women still harvest from the rocks.

There is also a very small Buddhist temple with a Quan Yin statue in front, about a half mile to the west along the coast.

Visited September 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Wondrous Women”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

It's a must do to spend some time at this museum. Located in a relatively new building right on the coast, it tells the story of these amazing women divers who work 52 weeks of the year diving for a abalone, conch and other sea products. How they managed in the winter time without wet suits astonishes me. These women also played a vital part of the resistance movement in World War II against the invading Japanese Army. Add this visit as part of your Jeju Island tour - best idea it to hire a taxi driver for a day (approx A$100). They turn out to be your tour guide, photographer and restaurant selector - fantastic value! Enjoy :)

Visited September 2012
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