Andong visit

I went with a couple of friends on a day trip to Andong on Friday. The area is famous for its masks and folk traditions, but it also has an interesting scholarly tradition.

We went to one of these traditional study academies first, called Byeongsan Seowon. It was a very peaceful setting along the Nakdong river. Almost no one was there except for a group of Buddhists off in the distance who set off some lanterns into the sky.

After a lunch of the local cuisine, Andong Jjimdak, we went to a traditional folk village. The village was surrounded by rice fields that, at this time of the year, are a deep yellow-green color. The nice thing about the village itself is that it’s still going. Unlike, say, the replica folk village in Seoul, this one still has inhabitants who mill about tending their gardens and doing whatever it is they do.

Here are a few pictures:

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