Best Things To Do In Andong, South Korea

When thinking about Andong South Korea, the first things that pops to mind is the Andong Hahoe village and the Andong Mask Dance Festival. When in Korea, visiting Andong is a must! But there is more to Andong than the village, you will be able to find many stunning temples, musea, delicious food, hanok stays. Read on to find out more the best things to do in Andong South Korea

hahoe village andong south korea

Quick Facts About Andong South Korea

  • Andong city claims to be the capital city of ‘Korean Spiritual Culture’, as it has more than 280 cultural assets scattered around the city.
  • At the beginning of 2000, Andong started to become a tourist destination, mainly because of it’s Hahoe Village.
  • The local specialty is Jjimdak, a dish prepared with chicken and glass noodles.

The Best Things To Do In Andong

As Andong is the Korean Spiritual Culture, you will find many historic and religious sites all around the city, like temples, an Confucian academy, the traditional hanok village and many museums.

1. The Andong Hahoe Folk Village

The UNESCO Andong Folk Village located in the outskirts of Andong is the main reason most people travel to Andong. The village dates back to the Koryo period (918-1392) and belonged to the Ryu clan. The stunning village is filled with traditional Korean hanok houses, small shrines and beautiful walking trails.

The Hanok village lies just next to the Nakdong river and is surrounded by mountains. This provided a sort of natural protection to the inhabitants of the village.

The village is also home to the yearly Andong Mask Dance Festival, which is a 10 day festival with all sorts of activities and performances. Even if you can’t make to Andong during the festival, you can watch a Mask Performance in Andong Hahoe Village on the following days:
January–February: Saturdays & Sundays 14:00
March–December: Wednesday-Sunday 14:00

Next to the folk village is the Hahoe mask museum. A small museum displaying the beautiful colourful Hahoe masks.

Andong Hahoe Folk Village

ANDONG HAHOE VILLAGE GUIDE

Opening Times: Summer season: 09:00-18:00 and Winter season: 09:00-17:00
Entrance Fee: 2500 won
Address: 40, Jongga-gil, Pungcheon-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

2. The Mammoth Bakery

Mammoth bakery, a French style bakery, is Andong’s most famous coffee & dessert shop. This shop has been recommended by both the Michelin Green Guide South Korea and Lonely Planet.

The shop is divided into two sections. On ground level you can find the bakery and cafe. Here you can buy all sorts of bread and cakes, which you can take out or eat in the cafe. If you’re looking to buy a drink, you MUST try the peanut butter milk shake. It is the best you’ll ever have! In the basement is a small chocolate, which sells all kinds of pralines and chocolate bars. This is a little bit more pricey but the chocolate is absolutely delicious, so definitely worth it!

Opening Hours: 08:30-22:00
Address: 34, Munhwagwangjang-gil, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
More Info: here

3. Bongjeongsa Temple

The buddhist temple Bongjeongsa was built by King Munmu in the 7th century. King Munmu, was a ruler during the Silla Kingdom based in Gyeongju. It is the largest temple in the Andong area and holds the oldest wooden building remaining in Korea. Old trees are surrounding the temple grounds, which adds to the unique atmosphere on the temple grounds.
Bongjeongsa temple andong

Opening Hours:
09:00 – 17:00
Entrance Fee: 2000 won
Address: 222, Bongjeongsa-gil, Seohu-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
How To Get There: from Andong Bus Terminal or Andong Train station take bus 51 to Bongjeonsa Temple (45 minute ride).
Bus 51 Info: 06:10, 08:25, 10:40, 12:50, 14:50, 17:20, 19:00
More Info: here

4. The Stunning Gounsa Temple

Gounsa temple is a quiet temple located in the beautiful mountains of Deungun. It was built by Monk Uisang in 681 during the Silla Dynasty. The small temple belongs to the Branch Temple Number 16 of the Korean Buddhist order. Gounsa Temple literally translates to Solitary Cloud Temple. During the Imjin War, the temple was used as a military base for the the warrior monks.

Andong Gounsa Temple

Opening Hours:
09:00 – 17:00
Entrance Fee: Free
Address: 34, Munhwag415, Gounsa-gil, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
How To Get There: 4 busses a day run from Andong Bus Terminal at 09:10, 10:40, 13:15, 16:40

5. Hakbong Traditional Hanok Stay

Hakbong hanok stay is a traditional hanok house located in the country side of Andong, close to Bongjeongsa temple. The stay is perfect if your looking for a traditional hanok experience which is easily accessible by public transport. The hanok stay has 6 different rooms: double room, triple room, and family rooms. Please be aware that the bathrooms are in a different building and are shared with the other guests.

** We stayed one night in this accommodation and totally loved it, as when we arrived we received traditional Korean snacks. In the morning a delicious breakfast is served. **

things to do in andong south korea

Book: here
Address: 856-1, Geumgye-ri, Seohu-myeon, 760-822 Andong, South Korea
How To Get There: from Andong Bus Terminal or Andong Train station take bus 51 to Bongjeonsa Temple (30 minute ride).
Bus 51 Info: 06:10, 08:25, 10:40, 12:50, 14:50, 17:20, 19:00

6. Andong Traditional Market & Jjimdak Restaurants

The Andong traditional market is famous for its Jjimdak. Which is a traditional dish from Andong made with steamed chicken, glass noodles and potatoes. The dish can be served spicy or non spicy. The best restaurant to try Andong Jjimdak is Yongga (영가), which is a small restaurant opposite the tourist information center.

Address: 55 Beonnyeong 1-gil, Seobu-dong, Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do
More info: here

7. Wolyeonggyo Bridge

Woryeonggyo Bridge or better known as the moonlight bridge first opened in 2003 and is the longest pedestrian bridge in South Korea. The legend behind the bridge tells the story about a wife who made a pair of shoes out of her own hair in condolence for her husband who passed away.

The bridge is especially beautiful at night when all the lights are turned on. This bridge and the area around is also the location of the moonlight festival. Around the bridge you can find Andong Folk Museum, a small Hanok Village and beautiful walking trails.

Andong Moonlight Bridge

Address: Area between Sanga-dong & Seonggok-dong, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
How to get there: from Andong Train station take bus 3-1, this should take 15 minutes. Get off at Wolyeonggo bus stop.
More info: here

How To Get To Andong

1. Seoul To Andong

From Seoul Express Bus Terminal in Gangnam you can take the bus to Andong Bus Terminal. This takes around 2h30 and costs around 14 000 won. Check prices and bus timetables here.

2. Busan To Andong

Every hour there is a direct bus running from Nopo Express bus terminal in Busan to Andong. The travel time takes around 2h30 and costs 16 000 won. Check prices and bus timetables here.

3. Daegu To Andong

Buses run between Dong-Daegu and Andong. The ride takes 1h30 and only costs 7000 won. Check prices and bus timetables here.

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  1. lonelyfoxes says:

    We’re heading off to South Korea this Friday and are planning to visit Andong there, so your recommendations are very helpful! We won’t have much time there, so we are mainly banking on the Hahoe Village and Bongjeongsa Temple… Will let you know how it goes! 😉

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