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Andong Hahoe Folk Village, Andong

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UNESCO-listed Andong Hahoe Folk Village showcases traditional tile-roofed and thatch-roofed Korean houses. Explore the village, found nestled in the foothills of Hwasan Mountain, to learn more about Joseon architecture and culture as you marvel at the traditional houses on display. Whilst most of the homes remain closed to the public to maintain the villagers' privacy, some do allow entry to their courtyards, where you can get a sneak peek of village life. The village has also earned reknown for its preservation of folklore traditions, valuable books, transcripts, and structure of clan-based villages living side-by-side. It became even more popular in 1999 when Queen Elizabeth of England visited the area. Make sure you try a local delicacy during your visit, such as Andong Soju, a distilled alcoholic beverage not for the faint-hearted. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Andong Hahoe Folk Village and many more Andong attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Andong vacation builder.
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  • It is a really nice place. We enjoyed seeing the local Korean culture here in this village. A place worth visiting.  more »
  • This is a great peaceful place to take your time to explore. We went on a Thursday so no mask dance, not many tourists either. We were fortunate to visit with a local who explained the buildings and l...  more »
  • Bus number 46 coming from the Andong station or the bus station in 55 minutes or 45 minutes after the Hahoe folk village. Get off at the terminus there and 3'000 won per person entrance fee to pay. Next to the ticket office, there is a tourist information desk, where we received great information in English. There we also spontaneously booked an overnight stay in the village. We chose the cheapest option for 50'000 won for two people without food (most expensive variant 350'000 won). Because it was winter, this night was not only pleasant. We were given a room according to old construction. Thatched roof, thin walls, thin mats on the ground, nothing else in the room, but a floor heating. The air was cold in the room, as soon as it was but on the mat and in the ceiling, the floor heating warmed up nicely. From 18:00, it was dark and we had no warm room. It was tedious, sleep we have then but super. It was definitely an experience, what we no longer want to miss. To the village itself, there is not so much to say. Seen it in an hour. It is not particularly interesting, "you must have seen probably more so in the category". With us (on a Saturday), there was a performance with music, masks and Theater at 14: 00. This should not be missed, gives a fascinating insight into the culture and tradition.
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  • Skip it!!! DO NOT listen to the guide books. It is in Andong and that is a full day trip for anyone going there. There is really nothing else there. The "charm" supposed to be that the descendants of famous inhabitants from the last dynasty still live there in traditional style. HOWEVER, they seem to hate visitors and does not seem to ever open their houses for visitors to see. Our guide apologetically explained that the houses are often closed and one can never tell which, if any will be open for a visit. You can't get inside any of the old houses - only look at it from the front door. Furthermore, the people there were COMPLETELY uninterested in interacting with the visitors. Even the souvenir shop vendor was unfriendly. This is NOT like visiting colonial Williamsburg. If you just want to see an old Korean House, you can get that anywhere you visit in the country. Do yourself - and your kids - a favor and skip this place.
  • The Hahoe Folk Village is a traditional village from the Joseon Dynasty. Is good place to learn about Korean traditions. But people not friendly.
  • Everything the guide books say. The fields and surrounding nature make this place magical. Really peaceful.
  • Beautiful old village to wander around and see the cherry blossoms by the river. Hiring an electric bike for 15k won was well worth it too!
  • Catch the mask dance and get some famous soju