South Korea, Jeju Island

Oedolgae Sea Stack, or The lone rock

Haenyeo. (sea women) are female divers of Jeju, whose livelihood consists of harvesting a variety of mollusks, seaweed, and other sea life from the ocean. Known for their independent spirit and determination, haenyeo are representative of the semi-matriarchal family structure of Jeju

The Mermaids of Jeju, otherwise known as haenyeo. These free divers are all aged 60+, with a minority still diving well into their 80s, and are an iconic and unique feature of Jeju’s cultural history. Not many are left and mostly provide a tourist experience these days

On the far west coast near Gosan and Chagwido Port, we discovered an area renowned for its squid industry. Here, squid is prepared and hung on lines to dry naturally in the sun and wind. As part of an enduring tradition, elderly local women spend their days tending these lines and selling both dried and grilled squid from individual booths along the coast. I quickly took this photo of one such woman at work just as a squid boat happened to pass behind her.

Sun dried squid 🦑. I remember when I worked here we would buy it in movie theaters and eat it like popcorn. Also the perfect on the go snack

Everyone of these shops is selling only dried squid.

Cheonjiyeon Falls

Seemed like most of walls had murals painted on them, here’s a good example

Hoppy made a new friend of the orange lady. She liked his hat.

Oranges are a big deal on Jeju, and Hoppy really wanted an orange 🍊 hat for his world hat collection

S’mores ice cream being torched

Drying Seaweed

A dol hareubang, ‘stone grandpa', are considered to be gods offering both protection and fertility and were placed outside of gates for protection against demons

Unusual lava formations similar to the Giants Causeway found in northern Ireland and islands off of Scotland

The Arte Museum, pretty cool, we really enjoyed it

Hoppy found a kindred spirit at the top of this rock

Set lunch

Jeju is noted for great seafood. Octopus, abalone, shrimp, and mussels dish.


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