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Andong Mask Festival

I was able to go up to the Andong Mask Festival this year, and it was a lot of fun. I had heard a lot of hype about it, and it really didn’t live up to the hype. It was still a lot of fun though, and I would recommend it to anyone.

We took the bus up from Daegu to Andong which wasn’t too bad. I think it was just over an hour ride. Andong is a smaller town than Daegu, so once we got there we could walk from the bus station to the festival. We were immediately greeted with a street lined with food, gifts, and just a lot of crap for sale.

We made our way over to the main area where there were many things going on. Booths were set up all over selling different items from masks, food, knick knacks, and just about anything else imaginable. There were even booths where you could paint your own mask if you wanted to.

The best part was seeing all the masks around. They had large displays and small, but there were masks everywhere. They also had a small arena where they were doing traditional dances with the masks. We decided to pass on this however. A large stage in the middle of the festival had different types of entertainment going on as well.  It was a good time despite not living up to expectations.

Another part of the festival was held at a village on the other side of town, and we decided that is where we should go. They were having a fireworks display there as well, so we boarded another bus for the short ride to the village.

Hahoe village is supposed to be one of the biggest attractions in Andong, and it did not disappoint. It was nice to walk around the ancient village. The village was established during the Joseon Dynasty during the 16th century and has since become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The only problem we had with the village was the weather. It started raining almost as soon as we got there, so that kept some of the photo opportunities from being as good as they would have been. It was still nice to walk around the village. Due to the weather we did not stick around for the fireworks and headed back to town.

Andong is also famous for one of my favorite dishes in Korea, jjimdak.  It’s a chicken dish with vegetables and noodles that is simply delicious. The dish originated in Andong so we took off for jjimdak street downtown to get some for lunch. It was delicious. We got a spicier one and it was worth it. I highly suggest this dish if you are ever in Korea.

Overall the trip was a good one. We had a good time at the festival, and we got to see some good friends. I would definitely like to go back to Andong for more jjimdak and to see the village when the weather is better.

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Andong Mask Festival

Andong Mask Festival

Andong Mask Festival

Andong Mask Festival

Me and Shrek

Andong Mask Festival

Brett, Jon, and Soh-ee with one of the Mascots

Hahoe Folk Village Andong

Hahoe Folk Village

Hahoe Folk Village Andong

Hahoe Folk Village

Andong Jjimdak

Andong jjimdak

About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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