Haenyeo

Documentary: 12 year old Korean Haenyeo Diver in 1975

This film documents a day in the life of a 12 year old Korean girl, learning to dive as a haenyeo on the island of Jeju. This novice diver is of the last generation that will engage in this vocation, and serves as an important historical document.

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100 Icons of Korean Culture: The Haenyeo of Jeju (Episode 15)

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Diving with the last generation of Korea’s Mermaids by Heidi Shin

I’m on a boat with a group of Korean grandmothers — but it’s not a cruise ship and there’s no shuffleboard in sight. It’s a motorboat and these elderly ladies are sporting wetsuits and goggles. They’re in their 60s, 70s, even 80s, and they’re about to jump into the ocean with what look like small garden hoes in hand.  READ MORE

Haenyeo Divers
Haeynyos preparing for their dive. Commerical fisheries have largely emptied the waters so the divers have to travel further out to find their catch.
Sun hats
After the dive, the haeynyos swap their dive masks for floral sunhats.

The Haenyeo Community

Haenyeo Diving

Bulteok

Sea Women Documentaries

Sea Women Promo Clip
A film by Mikhail Karikis
Sea Women
A film by Elly Park

The Women Divers of Jeju Island – Talk by Brenda Paik Sunoo

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