Nine journalists from ASEAN countries have a chance to visit Hahoe Village in Andong city, Gyeongsangbuk-Do Province.
The media tour to the village is part of a month-long training programme aiming to deepen ASEAN journalists of the Republic of Korean in various dimensions, political, cultural, economic, among others.
Hahoe is a representative traditional village where residents of the same family name the Pungsan Ryu Clan have been living for about 600 years. It is a historic village, registered as a World Heritage site of the UNESCO.
Hahoe Village offers a variety of hands-on experience programmes of traditional culture, such as the Hahoe Byeolsin-gut Mask Dance play performed by the general public, and the Seonyujulbul Nori – an activity enjoyed by the nobility called Yangban, that includes fireworks and riding boats, many other cultural heritage can also be found here.
Hahoe is a place where tile-roofed and straw-roofed houses have been quite well preserved for a long time.
This village is specially well-known as the birth place of Ryu Unryong and Ryu Sengryong. They were brothers: the former was a great Confucian scholar of the Joseon Dynasty; the latter was Prime Minister during the period of the Japanese Invasion (from 1592-1598) called Imjinwaera the Nakdong River flows around the village in an S shape, which gave the village its name ( ha means river and Hoe means turning around).
Some say Hahoe resembles two connected spirals called taeguek, others see it as a lotus flower floating on the water, or a boat gliding on the river.
Such geographical factors make it a very good place to live, as people thought so since the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty Mt Hwa, which originated from the Taebaek and is 327 meters high, located in the eastern part of the Village.
Low hills of the mountain are stretched to the western parts of the village. On the highest area of the village stands a 600-year-old zelkova tree.
As it is said that the goddess Samsin resides in it, the tree is called Samsindang. With the great tree at the centre, the house faces the river in various directions, in the contrast to most houses in Korea that face south or southeast.
Also, unique characteristic is that straw-roofed houses are placed in a circular from around tile-rooted houses.
Source: Lao News Agency