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Sunday, June 30, 2013

안동하회마을 Andong Hahoe Village

Andong Hahoe Village is a traditional village contains of traditional houses of the Joseon Dynasty. Located in Hahoe-ri, Pungcheon-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do province, it is also in the eastern part of Korean peninsula.

Photo Credit : The Chosun Ilbo

At this location, we can see, how people especially upper class lived in Joseon Dynasty also we can see clan village of the Pungsan Ryu family whom established the Hahoe Folk Village in the 16th century and has been a one-clan community since that time. The reason for the village name Hahoe (Ha means a river and Hoe means turning around) was that the Nakdong River flows around the village in an S shape. Hahoe Village looks like two connected spirals called Taeguek, a lotus flower floating on the water, and a boat gliding on the river. This configuration topologically makes the village a very good residence, so it has been known as a good place to live in since the time of the Joseon Dynasty.
The village today is divided into Namchon (South Village) and Pukchon (North Village) with the main branch of the Pungsan Yu clan, the Gyeomampa, in the Namchon side and the secondary branch, the Seoaepa, descended from Yu Seong-ryong a noted prime minister during the reign of King Seonjo of Joseon in the Bukchon side.
Andong Hahoe Village  has been designated as Important Folklore Material No. 122 by the goverment of The Republic of Korea and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010. Besides the historical values, we can also see the beauty scenery of Nakdonggang (Nakdong river) surrounds this village.

Contact :
Hahoe village superintendent Office : 82-54-854-3669
Hahoe Village Tourist Information Center : 82-54-852-3588
Explanation and Interpretation Desk for Toutists : 82-54-840-6974
Andong Festival Tourism Foundation : 82-54-856-3013

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