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Meet the REAL JEJU! “Fishing Village Experience - Haenyeo (Women diver) Edition”

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Isn't Haenyeo the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Jeju's representative image? Particularly since the premiere of the drama "Our Blues," Jeju Haenyeos have gained more popularity. It is still surprising how many people are unaware of the story of the powerful women who fought against the harsh natural environment of Jeju in order to protect their families. Consider following this course if you wish to enjoy an unforgettable trip to Jeju Island amongst all the similar ones out there.

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Meet the REAL JEJU! “Fishing Village Experience - Haenyeo Edition”

Isn't Haenyeo the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Jeju's representative image? Particularly since the premiere of the drama "Our Blues," Jeju Haenyeos have gained more popularity. It is still surprising how many people are unaware of the story of the powerful women who fought against the harsh natural environment of Jeju in order to protect their families. Consider following this course if you wish to enjoy an unforgettable trip to Jeju Island amongst all the similar ones out there.

*Haenyeo: Women diver

Swims in the sea as a Haenyeo for a day<The City Haenyeo>

Being a Haenyeo representing Jeju will remain in your memory for years to come! For a day, let's experience life as an city diver and navigate the sea.

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리얼제주를 만나다! <어촌탐방-해녀>


The City Haenyeo experience is a great choice if you are afraid of water or hesitant to take part because you think you might not be good at it. Your instructor will assist you in adjusting and give you a glimpse of where the octopus or Turbo sazae is located, so that you can have an enjoyable experience. As an added benefit, the city diver comes with a photo experience, enabling you to reminisce about your visit to Jeju for a long time to come.


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리얼제주를 만나다! <어촌탐방-해녀>
리얼제주를 만나다! <어촌탐방-해녀>


Have you ever wondered what lies beneath the surface of the sea? Imagine yourself as a Haenyeo navigating the bluer waters of Jeju in summer. It is only in Jeju that one can experience diving deep through cool water, exhaling freely, and catching seafood without wearing any equipment. Let's begin the experience right now at city diver if you desire an unforgettable experience.

 

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▸ Address: 16-1, Hagwimisupo-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si 

▸ Reservation: Naver Reservation 

▸ Please note: The experience is available from 14 years old or older 

A walking path that follows the life of Haenyeos <Sumbisori Trail>

The term sumbisori refers to the sound that Haenyeos produce when they exhale after swimming in deep water. An important meaning for the name Sumbisori Trail is that it represents the melting away of the hardships the Haenyeos endured through out their lives.
- Let's follow the trail left by the beautiful women together.

리얼제주를 만나다! <어촌탐방-해녀>


In addition to Batdam trail, you can also enjoy a peaceful and tranquil stroll along the path connected by interlocking basalt. Taking a slow walk will lead you to a stunning view of the sea Byeolbangjin.  
- Byeolbangjin offers a panoramic view of the blue sea, and you can capture wonderful images of your life while standing on top of it.

 

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리얼제주를 만나다! <어촌탐방-해녀>
리얼제주를 만나다! <어촌탐방-해녀>


Jeju Haenyeos work in the water and land together, however, it is said that they carried firewood on their way to the water. The Haenyeos used to burn firewood on the bulteok, and it is said they would sit around the area to warm themselves up or grill their catch. 

- Once you have passed the Haenyeo dressing room, you will reach the end of the road where you can see Gaetgeul Halmangdang (Halmangdang Shrine), where Haenyeos and fishermen prayed for safety and abundance in their work. 


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리얼제주를 만나다! <어촌탐방-해녀>
리얼제주를 만나다! <어촌탐방-해녀>


Sumbisori Trail: Haenyeo Museum (Departure) - Samsindang - Hackberry Pavilion - Batdam trail - Byeolbangjin - bulteok - Haenyeo Dressing Hall - Haenyeo Museum 

▸ Total distance: 4.4 km 

▸ Time required: Approx. 2 hours 

Taking trendy Haenyeo concept photos <The Mackerel photo studio>

We are pleased to introduce the Mackerel photo studio where you are able to take some unique concept photos while wearing the old water clothes of Haenyeos. Located near Jeju International Airport, the Mackerel photo studio was created by its owner, who loves Mackerels. There is a retro and hip feel to it from the colorful exterior to the pump machine inside.

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리얼제주를 만나다! <어촌탐방-해녀>


The costumes prepared for the Haenyeo concept shoot are available in various sizes, so that both children and adults may wear them. Furthermore, there are various accessories such as rubber shoes, sunglasses, goggles, orange balls are flotation devices, and mackerel dolls in 20 different shapes.


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리얼제주를 만나다! <어촌탐방-해녀>
리얼제주를 만나다! <어촌탐방-해녀>


During your Jeju trip, if you enjoyed a delicious meal and took photos in a beautiful place and then spent time healing at a cafe with an Instagram-friendly vibe, snap a photo of a unique Haenyeo concept. Similar photos of Jeju travel will not be able to replicate this memory. 


▸ Address: 2F, 34, Gwandeok-ro 8-gil, Jeju-si 

▸ Opening hours: 12:00 ~ 19:00 (Closed every Wednesday) 

▸ Reservation: Naver Reservation 

▸ Contact us: 0507-1324-1754


Understanding of the strong Jeju Haenyeo culture<Jeju Haenyeo Museum>

Jeju Haenyeo Museum is a special place that depicts the lives and the cultures of Haenyeo and is designed to enhance the understanding of Haenyeo. As a result of their pioneering spirit and vitality, the Jeju Haenyeo played a key role in Jeju's economy. The museum consists of three exhibition rooms, a video room, an observatory, and a children's experience center depicting the daily lives of Jeju Haenyeos.

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리얼제주를 만나다! <어촌탐방-해녀>
리얼제주를 만나다! <어촌탐방-해녀>


First, you can see the everyday life of a Haenyeo in the first exhibition room. Other themes include fishing villages, shamanism, seasonal customs, and livelihoods of fishing villages. Under the theme of the Haenyeo's workplace, the second exhibition room exhibits the fishing gear and old water clothes of Haenyeos. There is a third exhibition room that was designed to promote an understanding of fishing villages and fishing culture through the theme of ancient fishing activities and the sea, such as the sea of hope.

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As impossible as it may be to count all the hardships endured by Jeju Haenyeo's, there is a good opportunity to take a look at the exhibition halls and hear various stories about food culture and religious practices. Regarding Jeju Haenyeos, if the only thing that comes to mind are black wetsuits and orange flotation devices carrying a bunch of seafood, we recommend that you visit the Jeju Haenyeo Museum and hear their vivid tales. 


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