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SOUTH KOREA

BRANDED ‘KOREA’S HAWAII’, JEJU SEES MILLIONS OF MAINLANDERS FLOCK TO IT EACH YEAR FOR ITS STUNNING NATURAL BEAUTY AS MUCH AS ITS MAN-MADE ATTRACTIONS. BUT JEJU’S ISLANDERS, ESPECIALLY ITS WOMEN HAENYEO (FREE-DIVERS), SEE THE HARD-EDGED BEAUTY WITH DIFFERENT EYES

SOUTH KOREA

TAKING THE PLUNGE

Kang Jung-ah pulls on her mask as she prepares for several hours’ work in the treacherous waters of the East China Sea. As a free-diving haenyeo, she depends on little more than her own strength and the watchfulness of her colleagues. Modern science sometimes helps the team, whose members periodically restock the waters with sea cucumber auricularia (larva).

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About National Geographic Traveller (UK)

From ancient villages to stories from the locals, we uncover some of the Aegean Sea’s most gleaming pearls as we island-hop across the paradise idylls of Greece’s Cyclades. Elsewhere, we discover authentic Maori culture in New Zealand; wind our way along the Volga in Russia; and spend a long weekend in Tunis. Our urban highlights this issue include Istanbul, Lisbon, Mumbai and Bordeaux while our photo story introduces the freedivers of Jeju Island in South Korea.