Jeju historians and social scientists have warned that the traditional songs of the island’s haenyeo women divers are in danger of disappearing. This is due to a gradual decrease in the numbers of women divers as the haenyeo age and pass on, as well as fewer young women joining the ranks of the haenyeo. To help preserve the songs of this very important cultural asset, the Jeju Haenyeo Museum has organized special performances in its lobby.
Diving women, including Kim Yeong Ja and Kang Deung Ja, who are the representatives of the tradition of the haenyeo songs, will offer performances of “Ieodosana” (the famous song showing Jeju haenyeo’s dream of utopia), a “Heobeok” (Jeju traditional water jar) dance, and many others.
Time/date: Every Thursday, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Each show is 30 minutes long and performed twice.)
Location: Jeju Haenyeo Museum, 3204-1 Hado-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju City.
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Last entrance: by 5 p.m.), closed on Mondays.
Entrance fee: Adults (aged 25 to 64): 1,100 won, students (aged 13 to 24): 500 won.
For groups of 10 people or over: Adults (aged 25 to 64): 800 won, students (aged 13 to 24): 300 won.
Children under the age of 12 are admitted for free.