Jeju traditional culture such as legend, folktale, folksong and language is focused on women's life. Women play a leading role in the fundamentals of Jeju traditional culture.
Jeju women divers are brave. They are brave enough to risk their lives working in the sea. The strong and diligent Jeju women divers are role models to not only Jeju women but also all Jeju people. Jeju women diver's life gave rise to many intangible cultural assets such as legend, folktale, and folksong, which contributed to enhancing quality of life for all Jeju islanders. They are indeed the invaluable asset(s) of Jeju in Jeju's effort to gain international presence.
Jeju women are both the creators and consumers of distinctive Jeju culture. Jeju legends include many stories of goddess such as Baekjuddo, Saegyeong halmang(grandmother), Seolmundae halmang, Mrs. Yeosan, Samseung halmang and Jajimyeong agissea. In real life, Jeju boasts Ms. Kim Man deok who helped out people suffering from famine during the Chosun dynasty as well as Jeju woman divers who organized Jeju Woman Divers Uprising, the biggest women independence movement against the Japanese colonial rule. All of those events show enormous potential of Jeju women.
Jeju women juggled between family on land and work in the sea. They developed strong social relations rather than living individual life. They worked together when doing farming, using mills and thrashing harvest. Even when diving and drying themselves at fireplace, they followed strict rule of community life.
In Jeju Woman Diver Uprising of 1932, Jeju women stood up against the oppression of the Japanese rule, which is another demonstration of Jeju women's determination and potential. Jeju women's energetic lifestyle has been served as a guide for all Jeju islanders.
Jeju women community has made Jeju what it is today. It is an important asset that Jeju should pay much more attention if it is to grow into an international city and the hub Northeast Asia.