[OCTORBER.] The Exploration of the Andong Hahoe Village


The Exploration of the Andong Hahoe Village

UNESCO World Heritage: Andong Hahoe Folk Village

Date: 21 October 2017 (Saturday)

Location: Andong City, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province

– Contents: Through the exploration of the ‘Andong Hahoe Village’, learn about the beauty and the tradition of Korean folk village, and watch the performance of the ‘Hahoe Byeolsingut Tallori’, the Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 69, to learn about the origins of Korean mask dance play.

– Time and Place of Meeting: 8:10 AM, In front of Korea Tourism Organization Seoul Center
(KTO Seoul Office, 40, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-180, Korea)

– Public Transportation: 100m from Exit 5 Jonggak Station Line 1 / 200m from Exit 2 Euljiro 1-ga Station Line 2


Time Content Note
DAY1 08:10 ~ 08:30 ∙ Meeting and Departure KTO Seoul Center
08:30 ~ 12:00 ∙ Seoul → Andong Andgon Hahoe Village
12:00 ~ 13:20 ∙ Lunch(Hadong Historic House) Andong jjim dak,
Salted Grilled Mackerel
13:20 ~ 13:40 ∙ Move to Mask dance theatre
13:40 ~ 15:10 ∙ Mask dance performance Hahoe Byeolsingut Tallori
15:10 ~ 16:30 ∙ Andong Hahoe Folk Village Tour
16:30 ~ 20:00 ∙ Andong → Seoul


Must read information before participating in this program

  1. 안동하회마을 (Andong Hahoe Folk Village)
    Hahoe is the village where the Ryu clan of Pungsan which originated from Hahoe Village have lived together for 600 years. It is a representative village for one family where tile-roofed houses and thatched roofed ones have been quite well conserved for a long 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. 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.Hahoe Village has conserved Hahoe Byeolsingut Mask Dance Play performed by the public in general, and Seonyujulbul Nori-a boat ride and fire paly enjoyed by the nobility called Yangban. The village conserves many cultural heritages which show Korean traditional living cultures and ancient architectural styles.

  2. 하회탈 (Hahoe Mask)
    The Hahoe masks are oldest masks of Korea which also highly appraised as worldwide masterpieces of mask art. It is said that the Hahoe masks were originally comprised of 12 masks, of which only nine remain;  Yangban(aristocrat) Mask, Kakshi(young woman) Mask, Sonbi(scholar)Mask, Pune Mask, Paekchong(butcher)Mask, Chung(Monk) Mask, Imae (servant of the Sonbi) Mask, Halmi(old woman) Mask and Choraengi(servant of the Yangban) Mask. The three lost masks, the Ch’onggak(bachelor), Ttoktari(servant), and pyolch’ae (low-grade government official) masks, are known only by their names.The Hahoe masks portray human face excepting for the two Chuji(lion) masks. On the basis of physiognomy, their countenances express the social position, occupation, and economic status.

  3. 하회별신굿탈놀이 (Hahoe Mask Dance Drama Performance – Hahoe Byeolsingut Tallori)
    Hahoe Mask Dance Drama Performance has 800 years of tradition, featuring a performance dealing with daily life and the conflict between the common people with the privileged class of Yangban (noblemen) and Seonbi (Classical scholar). Andong is well-known for having a large community of Yangban from old times that makes a mask dance performance from this town representative in Korea. The performance is comprised of six sections beginning from the mid Goryeo to the present, satirizing the prestige of the ruling class and society contradictions sharply. Through this, they try to reduce depression and stuffiness as well as to establish a strong community bond and wish for peace. It features a festive communicative site through eras of time and among nations.Designated as Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 69, the Mask Play of Hohoe Byeolsingut shows the excellence and value of traditional cultural. Handed down to the present from Goryeo, Byeolsinguk took place to pray for peace and abundance in the village.