Andong, South Korea, April 2017: Having crossed the river on the wooden Pagoda bridge, ones instincts are to take the left hand path. about 5 minutes of a stroll between the rive, some deep rustic coloured maples and a rather large pine forest cladding the hill. I’m heading towards what looks like a village, a hamlet of straw thatch dwellings extending up the hillside, very similar to those I saw yesterday at the Hahoe folk village.
Unlike Hahoe, this place feels an element of authenticity. Clearly the village isn’t lived in, used, worked, whatever authenticity might mean here, but I’d say these dwellings were originally in the valley and moved before the place was flooded. Quiet, calm with just a handful of Koreans stomping up the hillside. So, lets take a look around this abandoned village – abandoned to the changing landscape of progress.
So, for a moment transport yourself back a few decades, and imagine the scene here as it might have been 1900’s.
Its a wonderful view, looking back down the hill over the village and towards the river. further up and more evidence exists of past civilisation around here. A grand set of steps leading onto a plateau – here one can imagine a compound of dwellings for clan leaders, important folk.
Well, that was pretty nice. A few good photo opportunities without thousands of tourists in the way, without getting run down by pensioners electric carts and without those tacky gift shops, expensive restaurants. No this place obviously has been left with as much originality and authenticity as possible – well done to the gate keepers!
Getting here: About 45 minutes walk from town or bus No. 3 or 3-1 from near Andong railway station stops at the wooden bridge, 1200 Won fare.
Cost: Nothing. Free to cross the wooden bridge, free to walk around the village.
Eat and drink: A host of restaurants and coffee shops before crossing the bridge, not cheap though. Nothing near the village.
Where is it? : Google Map
Verdict: A delightful, non-touristy experience. 5 star recommendation