Exhibition // Hyung S. Kim - Haenyeo - Havets Kvinder (Women of the Sea)

Haenyeo are women of the sea. Female free divers that dive both for animals and plants. They live in close union with the sea, the waves and the storms. The, more than thousand year old, haenyeo tradition is built upon togetherness, discipline, sustainable fishing and a spiritual connection to the goddess of the sea. In this special exhibition: Haenyeo – Women of the Sea, M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark dives right into the story of these female free divers on the Island of Jeju in the South of Korea.

A Culture so unusual that it is on the Unesco World Heritage list.

The viewer is placed in front of 26 outstanding photographic portraits of female free divers shot by  the photographer Hyung S. Kim. They portray the Haenyeo women coming out of the sea after a hard and dangerous workday. They are tired and worn out, but still strong and powerful. Many of these women are 60-80 years old. Through generations they have gathered knowledge of the ocean and marine life. This profession is inherited through generations and the girls learn the Haenyeo skills from a very early age.


Opening hours

September – June:
Tuesday – Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00

July – August:
Daily: 11:00 - 18:00