The Diving Grandmas of Jeju Island

Haenyeo, Lady Divers of Jeju, Korea

The elderly women who dive for seafood off the island of Jeju, Korea, are called haenyo, which means "sea women." They are carrying on a century-old tradition that began when women realized they could bring home the seafood without paying the taxes that would be levied on men in the same profession. It is a declining way of life, which explains why the remaining haenyo are elderly. Read more about them and see more photos at Kuriositas. Link

(Image credit: Flickr user GlobalCitizen01)

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I've been here! I saw many of these ladies on the smaller islet (U-Do) to the west of Jeju. They were all gearing up and I was wondering why they were all old ladies! Now I know, thanks Miss C.!
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