HAENYEO DIVERS

Scuba Diver Australasia + Ocean Planet - - Adek 2018 -

In an ef­fort to recog­nise one of the pi­o­neers of free­d­iv­ing, ADEX in­vited South Korea’s haenyeo, or sea women, to share a part of their her­itage with an international crowd. For as long as Kore­ans can re­mem­ber, the haenyeo have dived the wa­ters sur­round­ing Jeju, har­vest­ing seaweed and shell­fish at depths well over 10 me­tres. They have be­come em­blem­atic of the so­ci­ety that in­hab­its Jeju, and were placed on the list of in­tan­gi­ble cultural her­itage of hu­man­ity by the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cultural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (UNESCO) in Novem­ber 2016. ADEX vis­i­tors were given the rare op­por­tu­nity to wit­ness the haenyeo in ac­tion – the only place pos­si­ble out­side of Jeju.

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