Hahoe village in Andong listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site!
The Hahoe Folk Village is a traditional village from the Joseon Dynasty. The village is a valuable part of Korean culture because it preserves Joseon period-style architecture, folk traditions, valuable books, and old tradition of clan-based villages.
The village maintains old architectural styles that have been lost because of rapid modernization and development in South Korea. Aristocratic tile-roofed residences and thatched-roof servants’ homes preserve the architectural styles of the Joseon Dynasty. Wonjijeongsa Pavilion and Byeongsan Confucian School are two notable structures in the village. The village has preserved the shamanist rite of Byeolsin-gut and preserved Hahoe masks used in the Hahoe Mask Dance. Another rite still practiced is the Jeulbul Nori which uses strings of fireworks fired at the base of the Buyongdae Cliff. The village was listed by the South Korea government as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010, along with Yangdong Folk Village.
At first, this Seowon(a local private school) was located in Pungsan-hyeon, with the name of “Pungak Seodang” for teaching local Confucianists since Goryeo Age. In 1572(5th year of Seonjo) Master Seoae Ryu Seongryong moved it to the present location.
In 1607, Seoae died and local Confucianists like Jeong Gyeongse enshrined a memorial tablet for Seoae and dedicated Jondeoksa(a memorial shrine for Seoae) for the memorial of studies and morality of Seoae in 1613(5th year of Gwanghaegun). The name was changed to “Byeongsan Seowon” in 1614.
Opened in 2003, Woryeonggyo Bridge (387m in length and 3.6m in width) is the longest footbridge made of wood in Korea. Woryeonggyo Bridge harbors a tragic yet beautiful legend about a wife who made a pair of Mituri (hemp shoes) out of her hair in heartfelt yearning and condolence for her late husband. In commemoration of her pure and noble love, the bridge was designed in the style of Mituri. At the center of the bridge is Woryeongjeong Pavilion.
Andong Folk Museum
Andong Folk Museum occupies 171,630ãŽ¥ and has indoor and outdoor exhibitions. The indoor exhibitions show a variety of legacies relating mainly to four cardinal ceremonies: coming-of-age, wedding, funeral, and memorial services among Confucian culture aspects that feature Andong area culture, and the models of this area’s particular folklore plays.
It also is equipped with an audio-visual auditorium and a screen projection hall so that visitors can experience their ancient culture. Including Treasure No.305, Seokbinggo (under-ground storage), the outdoor exhibition displays a collection of 7 items which stand for the typical way of ancestral life such as traditional housings that were moved from the areas submerged under water due to the construction of Andong Dam.
This museum also functions as a social education and recreation facility for Andong residents, and provides better understanding of their local folk culture by researching, preserving and displaying the folk culture of the Andong area.