Time travelling in Andong Hahoe Folk Village
If you’re going to Andong, you’re in for a treat; one of my favourite cities in Korea with so much to visit. The main site is obviously the UNESCO Andong Hahoe Folk Village; it is an extremely rich source of history, with famous descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan and an abundance of traditional houses from the Joseon Dynasty. Elizabeth, The Queen of England, visited the Andong Hahoe Folk Village on the 21st of April 1999. On her visit, she planted a tree, which made the traditional village even more popular outside Korea.
The village is situated 24 km on the west of Andong, but is very easily accessible by bus from Andong bus terminal and Andong city center. The village lays in a curve of the Nakdong River and at the foothill of Hwasan Mountain. Hahoe, the name of the Andong Folk village, literally translates to “Village Enveloped by Water”.
The Andong Hahoe Folk Village is the home to the ‘must see’ Andong Mask Festival, hosted once a year in autumn. Not to worry if you are visiting Korea during the other seasons, you can get a taste of the mask festival as there are performances Jan–Feb / every Sat-Sun and
Mar–Dec / every Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun from 2pm to 3pm. The show has the typical characters like the Evil Stepmother, the Grandmother, the Monk, the Innocent Girl, the Joker, the Wise Men and the Drunken Men.
At the entrance of the village you can find a couple of souvenir shops, restaurants and the mask museum. Once entering the Hahoe Village, you won’t be able to find many lunch options. There are a few local delicacies that are definitly worth trying like the Andong Soju, Heotjesabap (an Andong Bibimbap eaten by Joseon nobles), Jimdak , Gangodeungeo ( salted mackerel) and Andong Guksu (a typical Andong noodle dish).
You can get to Andong by bus from Seoul, this will take around 3 hours and should cost 16 000 won. There are two bus terminals that have busses to Andong; Gangnam Express Bus Terminal or East Express Bus Terminal. The busses are running every 30 minutes. If you are travelling in weekends, make sure to book your ticket in advance as busses are easily fully booked.
From Andong bus terminal you can take bus 46 straight to the Hahoe Village, this should take around 30 minutes. Next to the Village bus stop there is the ticket office, free luggage storage and tourist information center. The ticket entrance price is 2500 korean won ~ 2 dollar.
From the ticket office it’s a 15 minute walk to the entrance of the park. It’s a lovely walk with view of the river. There is also a free shuttle bus that runs every 15 minutes.
You can definitely spend half a day in the village. If you’re feeling adventurous you can a take the boat to the other side of the river, and hike the small mountain that will give you a view of the whole village.
The Village is worth visiting any time of the year.
Summer season: 09:00-19:00
Winter season: 09:00-18:00
Looking for accommodation in Andong? Why not try one of these?
Gotaya Guesthouse ~ cute guest house close to Andong Station
Suaedang Hanok Stay ~ looking for a Hanok experience? Than this is the place for you!
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Check out the official Andong Hahoe page for more information.