The Andong Hahoe Folk Village | Andong Travel Tips
If you’re going to Andong South Korea, you’re in for a treat. It is one of my favourite cities in Korea with so much to visit. The main site is obviously the UNESCO Andong Hahoe Folk Village, 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.
- Quick Facts About Andong Hahoe Village
- Traditions And Culture In The Andong Hahoe Folk Village
- Getting To Andong Hahoe Folk Village
- Opening Hours And Prices Of The Traditional Village
- Accommodation Near Andong Hahoe Folk Village
- Other Tips
Quick Facts About Andong Hahoe Village
- Andong Hahoe folk village dates back to the Koryo period (918-1392) and is home to the Ryu clan.
- Surprisingly unlike other Hanok villages, the upper class and commoners lived in the same village.
- On the 21st of April 1999, Elizabeth, the Queen of England visited this Korean folk village. During her visit she planted a tree; since then the village become even more popular outside Korea.
Traditions And Culture In The Andong Hahoe Folk Village
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”. This traditional village filled with old Korean houses is one of the most popular villages in south korea; for Korean and international travellers.
1. Andong Mask Dance Performance
The Andong Hahoe Folk Village is the home to the ‘must see’ Andong Mask Dance 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 Korean traditional mask festival as there are performances Jan–Feb / every Sat-Sun and Mar–Dec / every Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun from 2pm to 3pm. The Korean Hahoe mask 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.
2. Where To Eat In The Village
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).
Getting To Andong Hahoe Folk Village
1. Getting To Andong
From Seoul to Andong Korea you can get the express bus, this will take around 3 hours and should cost 16 000 won. There are two bus terminals that have buses to Andong, namely the Gangnam Express Bus Terminal and East Express Bus Terminal (also called Dong Seoul). The buses are running every 30~60 minutes. If you are travelling in weekends, make sure to book your ticket in advance as buses are easily fully booked. Check timetables and prices here.
You can also take the KTX from Seoul to Daegu and then take the express bus from Andong to Daegu. The KTX takes 1,5 – 2 hours and costs 40 000 krw. The bus from Daegu takes 1,5 hours and costs 12 000 krw. You wouldn’t save much time by dividing up your trip, but it’s worth making a stop in Daegu.
2. Getting To The Hahoe Village
From Andong bus terminal you can take bus 46 straight to the Hahoe Village, this should take around 30 minutes. The bus runs from 06:20-18:20, 10 times a day.
Opening Hours And Prices Of The Traditional Village
Summer season: 09:00-18:00
Winter season: 09:00-17:00
Twice a week you can see the mask dance performance in the village; make sure to plan your visit accordingly.
January–February: Saturdays & Sundays 14:00
March–December: Wednesday-Sunday 14:00
Next to the village bus stop you can find the ticket office, free luggage storage and tourist information center.
The ticket entrance price is 2500krw.
Your visit will take around 2 hours. 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; this should prolong your visit with 2 more hours.
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.
Accommodation Near Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Looking for accommodation in Andong? Why not try one of these?
- Rakkojae Hanok is located inside the Hahoe village, just in from of the Nakdong River looking out on the Buyongjeong Cliff and Mansongjeong. This is the only hanok stay with a private bathroom in each guestroom in the Hahoe Folk Village. Rakkojae also has a hanok located in the Seoul Bukchon Village. More info here.
- Gotaya Guesthouse is a cute guest house close to Andong Station in central Andong. It is the perfect place to stay for solo backpackers on a budget. Check latest prices here.
- Suaedang Hanok Stay is a great hanok guesthouse for people who are looking for the perfect Hanok experience? It is located quite far outside the city so only recommended for people travelling by car. Check latest prices here.
- Okyeon Jeongsa is a traditional Hanok in the center of the traditional Hahoe village. The guesthouse serves a traditional Korean breakfast to the guests. Check latest prices here.
- Visit the Andong Mask Museum located next to the Andong Hahoe Village ticket office.
- At the end of September and beginning of October the Andong mask festival takes places all around the city and the Hahoe village. Hahoe mask dance performances are held in the city center of Andong and in the Hahoe Village.
- Andong is famous for its signature dish Jjimdak, a spicy chicken dish. There are multiple restaurants around the village that serve Jjimdak, or you can go to Andong market downtown.