The Sea Women of South Korea - The New Yorker

The Sea Women of South Korea

해녀 [Haenyeo] - Photograph by Hyung S. Kim/Courtesy Korean Cultural Service New York

For hundreds of years, women in South Korea have practiced free-diving to trawl the seafloor for fresh shellfish. In the recent years, the number of free-divers, also known as Haenyeo, is quickly dwindling; photographer Hyung S.

Haenyeo by Hyung S. Kim

해녀 [Haenyeo] - Photograph by Hyung S. Kim/Courtesy Korean Cultural Service New York

The now famous Haenyeo from Jeju Island, S Korea get ready to jump from a fast moving boat into the sea and free dive down perhaps 50 ft in search of a variety of delicacy shellfish. These 60-80 year old women have been working together like this since they were teenagers and can hold their breath in the deep for around two minutes.  These strong women and the boat disembarking resembles a precision military SEAL operation! It's clearly hard physical work and yet the women seem happy and are…

The now famous Haenyeo from Jeju Island, S Korea get ready to jump from a fast…

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