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  • Andong is a small city located 143 mi from Seoul. It is easily accessible by car, by bus (3-hour journey), or by train (4-hour journey). A provincial town with welcoming and inquisitive inhabitants, you'll find that the local youth is always asking foreigners where they come from. It's the best place to get a good insight into the daily lives of South Koreans and to make friends with the locals, which ...
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  • Hahoe, a traditional village that has retained its stately country houses, holds a Folk Festival every year.
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  • The rice paddies turn a beautiful yellowish colour in the fall here.
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  • The downtown food market is very nice; chicken and potatoes are the specialties of the region.
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  • In the surrounding hills, Dosan Seowon represents one of the last Confucian schools of the country. A truly magical place.
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  • You'll receive a warm welcome from Koreans, particularly young people who come to meet the tourists and ask where they came from.
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  • One of the last vestiges of ancient Korea, a treasure trove of Confucian culture.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination South Korea

Andong is a small city located 143 mi from Seoul. It is easily accessible by car, by bus (3-hour journey), or by train (4-hour journey). A provincial town with welcoming and inquisitive inhabitants, you'll find that the local youth is always asking foreigners where they come from. It's the best place to get a good insight into the daily lives of South Koreans and to make friends with the locals, which is definitely a lot easier than in Seoul where everyone always seems to be in a rush. The town has seen its popularity among tourists grow since the Queen's visit in 1999; a fact the locals are very proud of! You can also visit the traditional village of Hahoe, with its splendid blend of working class houses and wealthy residences. The atmosphere here is a little different, with tourists wandering uninvited directly into people's homes (if you're not into voyeurism, this is probably not the best of places to visit). Also not to be missed is Dosanseowon, a Confucian school whose oldest building was erected in 1557, Bongjeongsa temple, which houses the country's oldest wooden pavilion and the town's folklore museum. The most common form of accommodation in the area is B&Bs: many middle-class families have preserved their villages and their houses to accommodate tourists, providing a good opportunity to experience Korean daily life.

Andong: what to do?

Some of the activities here include: strolling around the food market, visiting the plethora of nice shops, trying to converse with a young South Korean, writing a wish on a small piece of paper and attaching it to a 600 year old tree in the heart of Hahoe village (a Shaman custom), and rafting in the Cheongnyangni valley.

Andong Folk Festival is held every year at the end of September. It presents an opportunity for all the countries of the world to come together and demonstrate their traditional dances, which, in this particular region, is the dance of the masks. Another local custom is the Chajeon-Nori, a wrestling game practised by men.

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Andong: the key figures

Surface area : 38691.0 km2

Population : 48875000 inhabitants

Time difference : +9hours

  • Easy contact with the inhabitants
  • A traditional and not very touristy city
  • There are very few hotels in the city

Reminders

Don't hesitate to drop in at the tourist information office as soon as you arrive. You'll find very few people who speak English, so thankfully the tourist office will give you some basic sentences to use in Korean, which is easier to pronounce than Chinese.

To avoid

Try to stay away from the so-called "love" hotels, another name for the many brothels found in the city centre; even if you don't go there with "love" in mind, the decor is so kitsch that you'll just end up feeling rather depressed...

Andong: what to eat?

There are many not-to-be-missed culinary specialities in the region: the mackerel, the Jjimdak of Andong (a chicken-based speciality with tasty vegetables), or the local beef, bred in the hills of Andong. According to the legend, its taste is so rare you will never forget it.

Andong: what to buy?

Don't forget to bring home some pretty pictures of the mountainous landscape, a bottle of Soju, which is a local 40% rice alcohol, or some paper from the Andong region.

Andong Reviewedhotels
  • 7.45 /10
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    Andong Park Hotel
    Andong - South Korea
    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    The Andong Park is a small and inexpensive hotel located in a ...

  • 7.3 /10
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    Ocheon Gunja Village
    Andong - South Korea
    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    Ideal if you want to learn more about Korea and its culture, ...

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