Photos of Around Andong, North Gyeongsang Province, Korea

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Around Andong, North Gyeongsang Province

Andong is the capital of Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province), a city on the Nakdong River, with a population of around 168,000. To the northeast of the city is Andong Dam, one of a series of hydroelectric dams, creating Andong Lake; stocked with bass, the lake offers fishing and water sports. Just downstream from the dam is Andong Folk Village, where traditional houses from the Joseon Dynasty, that were moved from the area now covered by the artificial lake, have been rebuilt. Nearby is Andong's Woryeonggyo Bridge, 387 metres in length and 3.6 metres in width, the longest pedestrian overpass made of wood in Korea; it was opened in 2003.

Yeonggaheon
 
Eumsikwigeori
 
Market in Andong
 
Buses in Andong
 
Jebiwon Amitaba Buddha
 
Buddhist temple, Jebiwon
 
In Jebiwon temple
 
Jebiwon temple paintings
 
Woryeonggyo Bridge
 
Andong Folk Village
 
In Andong Folk Village
 
Byeongsan Seowon
 
Rice fields, Hahoe
 
Yeomhaengdang
 
In Hahoe Folk Village
 
Yangodang
 
Yangjindang
 
Hahoe from Buyongdae Cliff
 
Hahoe from Buyongdae Cliff
 
Hwacheun Seowon
 
Traditional Culture Museum
 
Entrance to Bongjeongsa
 
Daeungjeon hall
 
Hwaeom Gangdang
 
In Daeungjeon hall
 
Geukrakjeon and pagoda
 
Bell Pavilion
 
Large bronze bell
 
Bongjeongsa Manseru
 
View across the river
 
Dosan Saewon
 
Dosan Saewon hall
 
Dosan Saewon library
 
Dosan Saewon museum
 
Dosan Saewon
 
Dosan Saewon
 

About 25 kilometres west of Andong is Hahoe Folk Village, a traditional village that was established in the 16th century during the Joseon Dynasty and remained a one-clan community since that time. The village is unique because it has preserved many of its original structures, aristocratic tile-roofed residences, thatched-roof servants' homes, the Byeongsan Seowon Confucian Shrine and other buildings.

About 16 kilometres to the north of Andong is Bongjeongsa, Andong’s largest Korean Buddhist temple on the slopes of Mount Cheondeung. Here is the Geukrakjeon (or Geuknakjeon, Nirvana Hall), the oldest wooden building in Korea, built in the mid-Goryeo Period, around the 12th and 13th century; it also has a stone pagoda from the Goryeo dynasty era.

About 28 kilometres to the north east of Andong is Dosan Seowon, a Confucian Academy, established in 1574 in honour of Yi Hwang, Korea's foremost Confucian scholar. This was the most prestigious school for those aspiring for high office during the mid-Joseon dynasty. It was home to the Toegye School of Thought for over 400 years. The complex consists of "Dosan Seodang”, the lecture hall which Toegye built and where he taught his students and where a tablet with the text "Dosan Seowon" still can be seen; it was a gift from King Seonjo, who royally chartered it in 1575. There is also a library, a dormitory building for the students and "Jeongyodang", a square lotus pond.