"A unique museum honoring women divers of Jeju" Jeju-do Things to Do Tip by TheTravelSlut

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  Entrance to the Jeju Haenyeo Museum theater
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      Landlocked fishing boats used by the women divers
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The new Jeju Haenyeo Museum honors the generations (perhaps as long as 2,000 years ago), the women divers of Jeju.

It is a mix of indoor and outdoor 2-level exhibits right along the ocean and has everything from diaramas to a 15 minute movie, and static displays of a boat/raft, diving equipment, old documents, & photos, life in a fishing village, and observation deck.

The museum highlights Jeju culture and focuses on the women that are born into a life of free-diving off the coast of Jeju for abalone, sea grass, and other sealife. Originally there were over 2,000 divers but that has dwindled to less than 200. Amazingly, the average age is 50-60 and some dive into the 70's.

This fasinating look at an unusual occupation makes it worth a visit here. It is about 1 hour from Jeju City and about 1.3 hours from the Jungmun Resort area.

Ticket prices are 1,200 won (about USD )1.50 and children are free

Address: 3204-1 Hado-ri, Gujwa-eup (northeast end of island
Directions: Beachside to the coastal road between Jeju City and Seongsan. The building is a stand-alone that really stands out and is near the Anti-Japanese Movement Memorial Park.
Phone: 064-782-9898
Website: http://haenyeo.go.kr

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  • Updated Mar 28, 2007
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