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 town is Andong Dam, one of a series of hydroelectric dams, creating Andong Lake; the lake is stocked with bass and 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.

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
In Hahoe Folk Village
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 established in the 16th century during the Joseon Dynasty; it has remained a one-clan community since that time. It 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 northeast of Andong is Dosan Seowon, a Confucian Academy, established in 1574 in honour of Yi Hwang, Korea’s foremost Confucian scholar. It 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.