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Discover the culture of South Korea on this guided day trip from Seoul to Andong. Take in the scenic, bird’s-eye view from Buyongdae Cliff, and learn about local art and architecture — plus mask culture and dances — in the Hahoe Folk Village. Visit a Confucian school and temple, the largest in Andong, and much more.

Highlights

  • Take a day trip from Seoul to Andong
  • Learn about local art and culture
  • Round-trip transportation provided
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included

What You Can Expect

Andong Day Trip: Hahoe Folk Village from Seoul

Andong Hahoe Folk Village

After a morning hotel pickup in Seoul, enjoy an air-conditioned ride to the city of Andong. Drive through Hahoe Folk Village, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn to identify Joseon-style architectural features and see the Byelsingut Mask Dance, performed to wish happiness and a good harvest for the village.

Continue on to Buyongdae Cliff, which rises to approximately 64 meters. From the summit, enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Hahoe Folk Village and discover how the name of this cliff, which means 'lotus,' is believed to reflect the village's shape of a lotus flower.

The next stop will be the Hahoe Mask Museum, which displays not only Hahoe masks, but other traditional masks from around the world. Tour the museum with a guide and learn what each mask represents, as well as the history of mask dances.

Following lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Byeongsan Seowon, a Confucian school established by scholars to pay tribute to Seong-nyong Yu, a scholar-official of the Joseon Dynasty and a notable Confucian personality. This temple is one of 47 in Korea that was not destroyed during the rule of Daewongun in 1868.

The final stop will be Bongjeongsa Temple, the second-oldest building in all of Korea and the largest temple in Andong. Visit several of the towers and buildings, including the popular 3-story Stone Pagoda.

The tour ends with a Seoul hotel or shopping district drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Elizabeth Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and especially our guide. He picked us up in a private van from our hotel. He was knowledgeable about Korean history, current events, sights, religions, and of course the tour itself. We stopped for a great lunch at a local restaurant where we had Korean traditional meal overlooking the valley and hundreds of huge pots fermenting beans - spectacular. It is a long day, so wear comfortable clothes. Enjoy!

Benny S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is one of my favorites place during my visit in Korea. The village is well preserved with a very beautiful scenery. Unfortunately we missed the cherry blossom which would have make the view even more beautiful. Our guide Mr. Lee is a very nice and friendly person. He explain lots of things till the end of the tour. I will certainly recommend this tour to anyone who like seeing beautiful scenery and cultural heritage.

Jamie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was our favorite tour of our trip to Korea. Let me tell you why..

Despite having a 3 hour drive to get to the Andong region and back every minute at the sites were well worth the visit. We first got a gorgeous view of the Hahoe Village from a nearby cliff face after a short hike.

Following that we stopped off for a truly spectacular lunch. It was a different style of Korean BBQ and we reckon that this was our favorite meal while on our holiday.

Next came the Hahoe Mask Museum where we learned about the origin of the Korean painted masks and were treated with a display of masks from around the world.

Finally we were shuttled over to the Hahoe Village and entered the winding streets. This is a living Korean folk village where the houses remain traditional and we rarely saw any signs of modern living minus cars and some electrical wires. Several of the homes had opened their courtyards so that people could see more of the beautiful structures.

Lastly we visited an old Confusion Temple that was truly beautiful and learned more about this influence on the Korean way of life.

We had the same guide as on a previous trip and really enjoyed traveling with him. He spoke constantly giving us great history and background, both modern and ancient, of everything we were seeing. He was great in taking photos and actually getting us both into a photo which for my boyfriend is often near impossible.

Fatima R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A bit far from Seoul, it was around 3 hour drive by car and the traffic didn't help. Hahoe Village is quite unique. If you want to see the preserved original Korean houses where some Koreans still live then this tour is a must. You also have lunch the Korean way - you sit on the floor and you have to remove your shoes :

Carol W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful day tour with so much to see and learn. I had a fantastic guide called Lee from Kim's Tours who looked after me very well and answered all my questions. Pick up from my hotel and drop off was very smooth. A highly recommended tour.

kedwards01

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Kim Travel was absolutely amazing. Their tours were the best tours of all that we went on while visiting South Korea. The guide was very knowledgeable and we really felt they went out of their way to go above and beyond to teach us about their culture.

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