Haehoe Village is the home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan and is well-known for its traditional houses.
Hahoe mask dance drama has been performed for centuries as a village ritual. In 1928, the shaman rituals were performed at intervals of every three, five or sometimes ten years. This all depended on the revelation of the local goddess or local circumstances. The performance began on Lunar New Year’s Day and continued at various places around the village until midmonth. There used to be a saying that if you did not have a chance to watch the mask dance performed in your lifetime, you could not go to heaven. Is it true? Maybe, you could go and see it just to be on the safe side.
Like most other folk mask dance dramas handed down in rural communities across Korea, Hahoe Pyolshin-gul T’al-Nori features various allegorical characters, such as Yangban (an arrogant aristocrat), Sonbi (a pedantic scholar), Chung (a depraved Buddhist monk), Imae (a foolish servant), and Paekchong (a coarse butcher). Each of these characters represents a social class. The play shows the conflicts among different classes and individuals were satirized to relieve social tensions among the families within the village.
On most occasions today, the mask dance is performed simply as a source of entertainment. It has lost much of its original splendor and religious and social significance. In 1980, the government designated the mask dance drama as an Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 69. This ensured the preservation and transmission to future generations. The play not only preserves the old culture, but it also introduces Korea’s greatest cultural treasures to the rest of the world.
Hahoe Village was the birthplace of renowned scholars of the Joseon Dynasty such as Gyeoman Ryu Un-ryong and Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong. The village became even more famous after the visitation of Queen Elizabeth of England on April 21, 1999.
The 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. Visitors can take the boat to Buyongdae Cliff for a panoramic view of the village. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, the village offers delectable local delicacies.
Andong jjimdak (Andong-style braised chicken) restaurants are a common restaurant that can be seen throughout Korea. This braised chicken was originally sold in a small corner of traditional market streets in Andong. The sweet and spicy taste of Andong jjimdak is so addictive that not only Koreans but people worldwide are seem to be fond of it. Get the taste of Andong along with watching traditional mask performances!
# Accommodation information
The closest guesthouse to Andong is Gotaya. It is about 3 minutes on foot. The guesthouse operates a tour program that provides economical accommodation, transportation and a guide. The guesthouse also provides a light breakfast and various board games on site.
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* Location : 205-17, Dongbu-dong, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea