What better way to experience real traditional korean culture than to visit Andong Hahoe Folk Village, located in Andong, Gyeong-sang province. This village provides a well-preserved setting of traditional Korean architecture from the Joseon Dynasty. Even though restoration work has been done in some parts of the area, you can still find the building material that was used hundreds of years ago, some are even older than the Republic of Korea.

Unlike other folk villages, Andong Hahoe Folk Village is still inhabited by hundreds of families. That is why you will get to experience the real feel of traditional authentic Korean culture. This place offers so many breath-taking views and attractions. One of them, Samshindang,  is a 600-year-old-tree that is believed by the people to be inhabited by God. Also, as you are circling the area, you would not be able to deny the beauty of the vibrant green paddies field and the striking cliff that rises 64-meters above sea level. There will be a big canoe provided if you are interested in hikinh the cliff and enjoy the view of Hahoe village from above.

Andong Hahoe Folk Village is also famous for the oldest mask in Korea that is used in their dramatic mask dance and shamanistic rituals called Hahoe Byeolsingut Talnori(하회별신굿탈놀이). You also don’t want to miss visiting the Hahoe Mask Museum (for more info click here ). The museum features a massive number of mask collection from around the world, ranging from America to Asia and even to Africa.

Also, do not be surprised, it will only cost you ₩2,000 for Adults, ₩1,000 for Youth, and ₩700 for Children to pay the admission fee. There will also be buses (number 46) that will take you from Andong Bus Terminal to Hahoe village that runs 10 times daily.

Photo by Shuvra Mondal.

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Ariel is a final year Broadcasting student in Kuala Lumpur with a goal to one day become a film director and photographer. Ariel has a personal blog that records his daily sartorial adventures, travel, photography and interesting chronicles. In his sparetime, Ariel enjoys reading blog and travelling. Drop by to www.arielbezaliel.com to check out some of his photography and creative work.