[JULY.] The Exploration of Jeju Haenyeo Culture and Jeju Island


The Exploration of Jeju Haenyeo Culture
and Jeju Island

UNESCO World Heritage: Culture of Jeju Haenyeo

Date: 1 July (SAT) ~ 2 July 2017 (SUN)

Location: Jeju City, Jeju Province

– Contents: Visiting Jeju Island, one of the world natural heritage sites, to appreciate the beautiful nature of Jeju and exploring the Culture of Jeju Haenyeo, which newly designated as the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016, to establish a proper awareness of the Haenyeo by experiencing the culture of Haenyeo in firsthand.

What to Prepare: camera, comfortable outfit and umbrella in case of rain

– Souvenir for all the participants

Time and Place of Meeting: 6:40 A.M, Gimpo International Airport
(Domestic flights, 1st Floor, In front of Lotteria)


Subway Use

  • The Gimpo Airport Station for ’Line 5, 9, and the Airport Railroad Line’

Bus Use

  • Intercity Bus, Intra-city Bus & Limousine Bus


  • Address: 112, Haneul-gil, Gangseo-gu, Seoul


    -Be punctual on time 6:40 A.M.
    Double check the trip to Gimpo Airport before the tour.

    -Please bring your “passport.”

    -Bring extra sets of clothes (or swimsuit if you want) for Haenyeo Experience. Haenyeo Experience will be proceeded in the seawater. Although we will offer swimsuit for Haenyeo Experience, you can wear your clothes or swimsuit in case you want.

    -If you bring your shooting/recording equipment, please read the restricted items for check-in and lithium batteries regulation below.

    Check-in restricted Items

    • Please carry on the items listed below with you all the times.
    • Fragile or perishable items
    • Electronics (Laptop, Camera, Mobile phone), business documents and medicine
    • Valuables such as cash, jewelry and valuable samples
    • Items valued over USD 2,500

    * Baggage related items are subject to Korean Air’s conditions of carriage, and compensation may not be applicable to restricted items depending on routes.

    Lithium Batteries

    • Lithium batteries within 160Wh used for consumer electronic or medical devices are allowed onboard.
    • Spare batteries are allowed as carry-on only and must be protected to prevent short circuits. No more than 5 spares are allowed (2 ea. of 100 ~ 160Wh could be included within 5). Portable chargers are restricted as spare batteries(strictly in China) and uncertain electric capacity will not be accepted.


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Time Content


Day 1 06:40 ~ 09:30 ∙ Meeting and Departure Gimpo Intl. Airport
10:40 ~ 12:30 ∙ Culture of Haenyeo lecture and Haenyeo Museum Prof. Yoo, ChulIn
12:40 ~ 14:00 ∙ Lunch Stir-fried Black Pork (흑돼지 두루치기)
14:20 ~ 17:00 ∙ Hado Village Haenyeo Experience
18:10 ~ 19:30 ∙ Dinner Braised Spicy Seafood (해물찜)
19:30 ~ ∙ Hotel check-in and free time Best Western Hotel
Day 2 ~ 08:10 ∙ Hotel Breakfast and Check-out Hotel breakfast
09:00 ~ 10:00 ∙ Jeju World Natural Heritage Center 4D Experience, 30min.
10:00 ~ 11:30 ∙ Explore Geomun Oreum
11:40 ~ 12:30 ∙ Lunch Stone pot rice and grilled mackerel

(돌솥밥과 고등어구이)

13:00 ~ 14:30 ∙ Explore Manjanggul Cave
15:30 ~ ∙ Move to Seoul and do survey Jeju Intl. Airport


Must read information before participating in this program

  1. Culture of Jeju Haenyeo
    Culture of Jeju Haenyeo refers to the technology and culture that has been handed down independently for many years, centered on the “Haenyeo” of Jeju Island, a rare business world-wide. Together with the ‘Muljil’ (catching seafood in the way of Haenyeo), it also refers to the tangible and intangible cultural heritage created from the life of the Jeju Haenyeo, including their technique called ‘Najam’, which means diving into the water, folk knowledge about fishery, beliefs, songs, tools and clothes, and community habits.Culture of Jeju Haenyeo was designated as a UNESCO Humanity Intangible Cultural Heritage in November, 2016. The intangible cultural heritage committee highly appreciated that the culture of Jeju Haenyeo symbolizes the unique cultural identity of Jeju Island and inspires sustainable fishery which coexists with nature, and that the culture is handed down through the community.The contents listed in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity includes the Muljil Culture that takes seafood from the sea without an oxygen supply device, diving gut (ritual ceremony) to pray for the safety and big catch of fish of Haenyeo while strengthen solidarity of the community, singing work songs on a boat leaving for Muljil, and the role of women as intangible heritages handed down in their generation.Jeju Haenyeo refers to female divers who dive into the ocean water to gather various shellfish, seaweed, etc, without using any underwater diving equipment. When diving underwater, a haenyeo carries only a pair of goggles, a round ball-like tube to keep her balance, and a basket to put her collections in.Muljil is a dangerous work that sometimes risks their lives. So the fellow Haenyeo are important people who can cope with the risks that are possibly encountered in the water. They also convey Muljil experience and knowledge to the next generation. Therefore, Muljil develops community spirit although it is an individual task because the cooperation among Haenyeo is needed. Through the Diving Gut, Jeju Haenyeo pray for the safety of Muljil and the abundance of seafood and solidarity of the community. ‘Bulteok’ was a place where Haenyeo changed clothes for Muljil and took rest before and after Muljil. It was also a place for sharing information about Muljil technology and the martime information, or sometimes it is for sharing individual and village-wide daily life information. There were three or four Bulteoks on the coast of Jeju Island, and there are still about 70 Bulteoks remain in Jeju.
  2. Jeju World Natural Heritage Cent
    Jeju World Natural Heritage Center was established to promote the value of UNESCO World Natural Heritage. It is comprised of various facilities including a 4D video room, lava tunnel experience, origins of Jeju-do, and many other activities that visitors can learn and experience first-hand. Jeju World Natural Heritage Center is located in the Geomunoreum Lava Tube System, which was designated as UNESCO World Heritage in 2007, one of 20 ecological tourism spots by Ministry of Environment of Korea in 2009, as well as a Korean-style ecological tourism model.
  3. Geomun Oreum
    Geomum Oreum, with an altitude of 456m, is located in Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si and refers to a parasitic volcano (also called Oreum in Jeju dialect).Geomun Oreum was created by volcanic activities between 100,000 and 300,000 years ago. Lava flow from the crater went along the coastal slope to the Northeast and formed a unique geographical feature called Seonheulgot. The lave flow also formed Bengdwigul Cave on the left side, and Manjanggul, Gimnyeonggul, Yongcheondonggul and Dangcheomuldonggul Caves on the right side. Each of these caves has its own unique features.Upon entering Geomun Oreum, visitors are met by a dense forest filled with Japanese cedar trees. Further along, visitors will see a deciduous broad-leaved forest, shrubbery, and an evergreen broad-leaved forest. Not only featuring various types of forests, Geomun Oreum is also a breeding place for local birds such as Brown-Eared Bulbul, Korean Bush Warbler, Varied Tit, Streptopelia Orientalis, White-Backed Woodpecker and migratory birds such as Fairy Pitta and Tricolor Flycatcher.After it was designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, many visitors has come to enjoy the area’s trekking course and the ecological exploring area.
  4. Manjanggul Cave
    Manjanggul Cave is one of the finest lava tunnels in the world, and is a designated natural monument. A lava tunnel is formed when the lava that was deep in the ground spouts from the peak and flows to the surface. Manjanggul Cave has a variety of interesting structures inside including 70cm lava stalagmites and the lava tube tunnels.Only 1km of the 13,422m Manjanggul Cave is open to tourists. The inside of the tunnel sustains a temperature of 11~21℃, creating a comfortable atmosphere. There are rare animals such as bats living in the tunnel, which makes this tunnel valuable for researchers as well. The stone pillars and stalactites are widely spread and the tunnels shows off the cave’s topographical features. “Stone Turtle” is especially eye-catching because it is shaped like Jeju-do Island.