Andong’s peaceful, rural surroundings are in stark contrast to the buzz of Seoul. Set in the heart of Gyeongsangbuk-do, Andong is noted for having preserved much of its traditional spirit. A great place to see Korean traditions unfold is the cultural village of Hahoe, where the noble Ryu family originated and have lived for the past 600 years. A UNESCO world heritage site it boasts traditional buildings, beautiful surroundings and a range of cultural activities. A visit to Andong and Hahoe Village are a great opportunity to take in the local culture and learn a thing or two about Korea’s rich heritage.
Every Autumn Andong plays host to a Mask Dance Festival and a Folk Festival. Spectatorsat the Maskdance Festival get to witness traditional Korean plays acted out using ancient wooden masks. The masks themselves can be a little scary as they tend to have moveable jaws and so can display more types of emotion - but it is a fascinating insight into the local culture. The Folk Festival attracts all sorts of acts including a group of local women who get together and form a human bridge whilst another woman walks across it. This is one game that men are not allowed to participate in.
Andong Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Andong.