< NOTE >
** Korean Traditional Draft might be cancelled due to the weather condition.
** Duration might be delayed due to traffic condition on the highway.
** Reservation is needed until at least 3 days prior.
** Peak-season : 24th Jul. ~ 16th Aug.
|MINIMUM NUMBER||3 person|
|DURATION||Pick-up (around 07:00) ~ 18:00|
Transportation, Tour guide, Lunch, Admission fee
Hotel – Rest in Highway – Andong – Buyongdae Cliff – Hwacheon Seowon – via Korean Traditional Draft – Lunch – Hahoe Village – Hahoe Mask Museum – to Seoul – Rest in Highway – Hotel
Andong is the home of Confucianism in Korea. During the Joseon Dynasty, Andong attracted scores of Confucian scholars becoming a pioneering city in Confucian thought. This city also contained the highest number of private schools from the Joseon Dynasty as well as Confucian schools. To this day, Andong still has around 26 private schools from the Joseon Dynasty. This city also acted as a home to the noble class during the Joseon period. Many of the homes of the noble class are still standing in Andong; some are kept up by the relatives of the original owner. Certain homes have established guest house accommodations.
Andong has become a famous tourist area ever since Queen Elizabeth II visited in 1999. She spent her birthday in Andong visiting such places as Hahoe Village, Dosan Confucian School, Byeongsan Confucian School, Bongjeongsa Temple, etc.
The most famous festival in Andong is the Andong Mask Dance Festival which is held every year starting the last week of September and running for 10 days. There are some of Andong’s most famous native foods include jjimdak (spicy steamed chicken) and other popular dishes such as Geonjinguksu (noodles), Kalguksu (hand-made noodle soup), and Andong Sikhye (fermented rice punch).
Buyongdae is a cliff about 64m high situated where the Taebaek Mountain Range ends. From the summit, one can get a bird’s eye view of the Hahoe Village in Andong. The name was taken from an ancient history of China. Meaning lotus, the name Buyongdae is said to be given for Hahoe Village’s configuration like a lotus flower. Thus, one can get the best view of the village from the cliff.
Located near Buyongdae are Ogyeon-jeongsa House, Gyeomam-jeongsa House, and Hwacheon Seowon Academy.
Hahoe Village is home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan and is well-known for its traditional houses. Birthplace of renowned scholars of the Joseon Period such as Gyeomam Ryu Un-ryong and Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong, the village became even more famous after Queen Elizabeth II of England visited on April 21, 1999.
Hahoe Village (translating to “Village Enveloped by Water”) gets its name from Nakdong River, which flows around the town’s perimeter. The village is located at the foothills of Hwasan Mountain, an offshoot of Taebaek Mountain that rises up to the east.
The center of the village is populated by large tile-roofed houses belonging to the Ryu clan, adding their own unique charm to the surrounding thatched roofs.
Hahoe Village boasts exquisite scenic sights: the elegant Nakdong River flowing around the village, the magnificent Buyongdae Cliff, endlessly unfolding sandy beaches, and lush, ancient pine trees.
In addition to breathtaking scenery, Hahoe Village offers delectable local delicacies. Nearby attractions include Bongjeongsa Temple (built during the Silla Period), Gosan Seowon (Confucian Academy), and Gwirae-jeong. Hahoe Village, along with Yangdong Village in Gyeongju, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list under the category of “Historic Villages.
Hahoe Mask Museum is located in Andong Hahoe Village, which is listed both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Important Folklore Material No. 122.
Hahoe Village is a representative traditional Korean folk town and is the home of the Hahoe Mask (National Treasure No. 121) and the Byeolsin Gut Mask Dance (Important Intangible Cultural Properties No. 69). The museum not only displays Hahoe masks, but also other traditional masks from all over the world. The museum consists of a 1-story main building, a two-story annex building, an outdoor event garden, and a research room.
At the museum, you’ll encounter time-honored Korean masks that have long since been used in a variety of traditional mask dances. Masks include Bongsan, Gangnyeong, and Eunnyul masks from Hwanghae-do province, Sandaenori masks (Yeongju Byeolsandae and Songpa Sandaenori) from Seoul and etc.