These photos were taken about a month ago with another group of Haenyeo from a nearby village. Just wanting to take a stroll and get some air, I had no idea I’d be seeing them since it was freezing cold and the ocean swells were strong and chaotic. But by looking out into the ocean, I immediately spotted their orange buoy-like floats (called tewak) that hold their catch in net sacks. The interesting part of this encounter was that they were diving near a popular fishing ground with men fishing for their catch while the Haenyeo endure the icy cold waters. Like me, I’m pretty sure the fishermen were in awe, and it reminded me of a recent article where one Haenyeo said the following: “Men are lazy. They can’t dive. They are weak under the sea, where it’s really life or death.” Sad to say, but I would have to agree with her.
The Haenyeo Diaries: Day 2
- Ihwa Guksi 이화국시 (Itaewon, Seoul) February 19, 2021
- Haedong Chamgireum 해동참기름 (Muak-dong, Seoul) February 19, 2021
- Osam Bulgogi Jeonmun 오삼불고기전문 (Jeonnong-dong, Seoul) February 19, 2021
- Sindogak 신도각 (Yeonshinae, Seoul) February 19, 2021
- Goeun Bahm 구운밤 (Gwangjang Market) February 19, 2021