I have a silly amount of photos from various trips I’ve taken around Korea, so I’ve decided to post them, in no particular order. The first of these is going to be a trip a friend and I took to Andong in October 2016.
ANDONG is known for its Folk Festival, held in October every year, most notably featuring many traditional masks. Located in Gyeongsangbuk-do (the nothern province to my southern Gyeongsangnam-do) and is the largest city in the northern part of this province, and it’s capital.
FROM Masan, the bus journey to Andong was about 2.5-3 hours (I can’t remember precisely, but it’s about 80-90 minutes from Daegu, which in turn is about an hour from Masan. There are only four buses that go during the day and the same that return so my friend and I decided to get the first bus up and the last bus back. Here is a link to the times from Masan Shiwae Bus Terminal, and below is a photo from this site, showing the times from Masan. Please go check out the site for further Andong timetables.
HAVING injured my foot at the tail end August, I was keen to get out of Jinhae for the first time in over a month, and of course exploring somewhere on foot was the way to do it!! It was so good to be out of the home city!
WHEN we got to Andong, our main purpose was to head to Hahoe Folk Village, a UNSECO world heritage site. This is a bus ride from the bus terminal, which is conveniently right outside. I didn’t take a picture, alas but it’s all on there. If I remember rightly it goes every hour or so. It’s a lovely wee drive through the countryside, lots to see. When the bus reached it’s destination, there’s then a second bus into Andong, after you buy your ticket.
I love the folk villages in Korea. As far as I’m aware, they are all working villages, with people living there as they always have done. They also speak to me as they remind me so much of home, small homes and villages in the midst of the wild countryside.
HAHOE has, for the most part, remained a single clan village and has retained Korea’s old architectural styles that have been all but wiped out due to the nations rapid modernisation. It feels a little like walking around the spiritual heart of Korea, and a living testimony to the history and traditions that Korean’s haven’t forgotten. Long may it remain so.
THIS tree is called Samsindang in which, it is believed, the goddess Samsin lives. People come here to make wishes to the goddess, and tie their wishes to the ropes surrounding the tree. The tree stands in the centre of the village and in Hahoe is worshiped as a village spirit with a yearly celebration on January 15th each year.
THE story goes that Queen Elizabeth asked to be taken to the most spiritual place in Korea. That place was Hahoe!