21 May

Andong is the spiritual capital of Korea; it provides an array of Buddhist and Confusion temples and rituals.  A still thriving testament to the religious roots of the city can be seen at the Hahoe folk village, a traditional village that has retained its original architecture and rituals since the Joseon dynasty (the longest lasting period in Korean history, lasting from 1392-1897). One very popular tradition is the Hahoe mask dance, an interactive drama that has been around since early Korea. It was originally created by lower class Koreans to poke fun at the higher classes, which included royalty, religious leaders, and the wealthy. This event clearly displays the strong cultural ties that Andong still has today. In addition to being the religious center of Korea, Andong is known for their chicken based dishes. Throughout most of Korean history, Buddhism prevented the consumption of beef. And even after Confucianism was introduced in Korea, beef was only eaten after proper rituals had taken place. Beef wasn’t actually a recreational food in Korea until the mid 1900’s. So it makes sense that Andong, being the strong religious city that it is, would have meat dishes that mostly contain chicken. Andong is by far the most actively cultural of all the cities I have researched.

The Hahoe Folk Village in Andong, Korea (Courtesy of VisitKorea)


Wikipedia – Hahoe Folk Village

Andong International Maskdance Festival

The Kimchi Chronicles: The Chicken Chronicles

The Kimchi Chronicles: The Beef Chronicles


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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Cities


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