The South Korean island of Jeju is famous for its mermaid divers (Haenyeo) – women who dive for abalone, seaweed, sea urchins, octopi, shellfish and other treasures, in a tradition dating back centuries. As a symbol of the island’s haenyeo, on the north shore of Jeju, near the famous Dragon’s Head Rock, sits a smiling mermaid statue.
Both the mermaid and the Dragon’s Head Rock are popular tourist destinations. The dragon in question is a Black Dragon, which in Asian mythology is a rare thing – appearing only once every 60 years. Black Dragons bring luck – so the fact that there is a black dragon’s head here makes it a lucky location.
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