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Feel the Rhythm of KOREA Again

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  • Date01/06/2021
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Scene from KTO’s viral video “Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: ANDONG”

The modern-infused pansori and energetic dancers in the first three videos of the Korea Tourism Organization’s “Feel the Rhythm of KOREA” video series on YouTube captured the attention of the world! Following on this popularity, three more videos were produced in Gangneung, Mokpo, and Andong. The upbeat music and hilarious dance moves will have you itching to join in the fun!

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  • Tip) Video background
    • • Music: Performed by the alternative band “Leenalchi” This group recreates traditional pansori songs, focusing on the use of two bass guitars to create the beat typically found in pansori music. The band has become extremely popular among the younger generation.
    • • Dance: Performed by the “Goblins” dance team from Ambiguous Dance Company This team of dancers wear a mix of modern and traditional clothing as they dance in a playful way, representative of the Korean goblins they are named after.
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Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: GANGNEUNG

Goblins dancing at a “Guardian” filming site - Yeongjin Beach

Scene of Yeongjin Beach Breakwater from “Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: GANGNEUNG”

A couple aiming to recreate a scene from the popular drama “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016)” are interrupted by dancing goblins! The breakwater at Yeongjin Beach is a popular location for fans of the drama, appearing as the scene where the Goblin gives white buckwheat flowers to his bride. Visiting in person, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular; the blue sky and deep blue ocean meeting at the horizon create a spectacular background for anything standing on the breakwater.

  • Yeongjin Beach
  • Address: 1609, Haean-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 강릉시 주문진읍 해안로 1609)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 5 min or walk for approx. 20 min from Jumunjin Bus Terminal
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hr
    * Site is prone to wave overtopping; visitors are advised to take care when visiting

Goblins might be ARMY members at Hyangho Beach

Scenes of Hyangho Beach from “Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: GANGNEUNG” Scenes of Deoksugung Palace’s Daehanmun Gate from “Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: SEOUL”

A lone student bobs her head to music while waiting for the bus. Shortly after, the goblins are seen dancing at the same bus stop. This bus stop has become famous as the BTS Bus Stop, after it appeared as the album cover image for BTS’ second full album. It isn’t an actual bus stop, having been originally built just for the BTS photoshoot. However, it was so popular among fans that the city of Gangneung decided to reinstall the bus stop, creating a super popular photo attraction. The bus stop is located at Hyangho Beach, offering plenty of outdoor activities like camping and surfing.

  • Hyangho Beach
  • Address: Hyangho-ri, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 강릉시 주문진읍 향호리)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 10 min from Jumunjin Bus Terminal
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hr

Goblins dance before a grand Buddha at Naksansa Temple

Scenes of Naksansa Temple from “Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: GANGNEUNG”

The goblins appear unfazed as they dance before a grand Buddha statue. They are at Naksansa Temple, founded in 671! The temple was destroyed in 2005 by a large forest fire, but many experts were called in and the temple was restored to its current appearance. The temple is famous for beautiful coastal views, and for the largest coastal Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Statue in Asia. Many people visit on New Year’s Day to catch the first sunrise from Uisangdae Pavilion.

  • Naksansa Temple
  • Address: 100, Naksansa-ro, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 양양군 강현면 낙산사로 100)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 10 min from Yangyang Bus Terminal
  • Operating hours: Sunrise-Sunset (Varies daily; inquire in advance)
  • Admission: Adults 4,000 won / Children 1,000 won (Parking fee: 4,000 won)
  • Inquiries: +82-33-672-2447 (Korean, English)
  • Website: www.naksansa.or.kr (Korean, English)

Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: MOKPO

Goblins search for the rabbit riding the Mokpo Marine Cable Car

Scenes of Mokpo Marine Cable Car from “Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: MOKPO”

The Mokpo video starts out with a rabbit escaping by riding a cable car. This scene matches the song of the video, which relates to the Korean folk tale "The Rabbit's Liver." In this story, a sea turtle is sent by the sick Dragon King to get a rabbit's liver to cure his disease. The rabbit, not easily fooled, makes his escape by saying he left his liver at home. The song is from the point of view of the sea turtle, advising others to not be fooled by the wily rabbit. The cable car the rabbit is riding is Mokpo Marine Cable Car, opened in September 2019. It has become a major attraction in the city, stretching 3.23 kilometers over both land and sea. To take it all in, be sure to ride in a crystal cabin, with clear glass floors. The cable car also operates in the evening, so you can enjoy the golden sunset and the nightscape of this coastal harbor town.

  • Mokpo Marine Cable Car
  • Address (Bukhang Platform): 240, Haeyangdaehak-ro, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 목포시 해양대학로 240)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 15 min from Mokpo Bus Terminal
  • Operating hours: 09:00-22:00 (Subject to change daily; inquire in advance)
  • Fares (Round-trip rates)
    - Standard cabin: Adults 22,000 won / Children 16,000 won - Crystal cabin: Adults 27,000 won / Children 21,000 won
  • Website: www.mmcablecar.com (Korean only)

Goblins search near and far from Yudalsan Mountain

 Scene of Yudalsan Mountain from “Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: MOKPO”

While the goblins use the vantage point of Yudalsan Mountain to search for the rabbit, viewers can see the band Leenalchi singing in the pavilion behind them. The mountain is a famous attraction in Mokpo with many beautiful and fantastic rock formations. The view from the summit includes hundreds of islands that make up the Korean archipelago. Additional sites of Yudalsan include the 4.19 Memorial Tower, Loyalty Tower, and a sculpture park.

  • Yudalsan Mountain
  • Address: San 27-3, Jukgyo-dong, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 목포시 죽교동 산27-3)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 5 min from Mokpo Station or approx. 15 min from Mokpo Bus Terminal
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hr
  • Admission: Free (Free parking available)

Goblins dance at a salt farm in Sinan

Scene of Sungui Salt Farm from “Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: MOKPO”

Hunting for rabbits can be hard work, so the goblins decided to take a dance break. Meanwhile, a salt farm worker continues to push the water around the salt farm. This scene was filmed at Sungui Salt Farm on Aphaedo Island in Sinan, a 20-minute-drive from Mokpo. Sinan is famous for their large salt farms, due to their many mudflats and sections of reclaimed land. The salt farmed here is highly valuable, being harvested using natural methods such as sunlight and wind to evaporate the water, leaving salt with a low level of chloride. If you want to learn more about salt farming, visit Taepyeong Salt Farm on Jeungdo Island, as they offer a museum, café, and even salt farming experience.

  • Sungui Salt Farm
  • Address: 127, Dujisungui-gil, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 신안군 압해읍 두지숭의길 127)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Mokpo Bus Terminal
  • Taepyeong Salt Farm
  • Address: 1648-21, Daecho-ri, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 신안군 증도면 대초리 1648-21)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Sinan Jido Passenger Ferry Terminal
  • Operating hours
    - Salt Museum: 09:00-18:00 (Lunch break 12:00-13:00)
    - Salt Field: 11:00 / 15:00 (April-October only)
    - Salt Café: 10:00-18:00
  • Fees
    - Salt Museum admission: Adults 3,000 won / Children 1,500 won - Salt Field experience: Adults 15,000 won / Children 13,500 won

Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: ANDONG

The music starts at Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy

Scenes of Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy from “Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: ANDONG”

The Andong video starts out with a retro vibe, featuring an old man wearing a gat (traditional hat) pressing play on a stereo. He is sitting on the open floor of Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy, an educational institution from the Joseon dynasty. This academy was founded by the students of Yu Seong-nyong, a civil minister. All seowon are built with nature in mind, but Byeongsanseowon stands above the rest, earning it the recognition as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 2019. The academy now runs an overnight seowon experience program, teaching about the life of scholars in the Joseon dynasty.

  • Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy
  • Address: 386, Byeongsan-gil, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 풍천면 병산길 386)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 30 min from Andong Bus Terminal or Andong Station
  • Operating hours: April-September 09:00-18:00 / October-March 09:00-17:00
  • Admission: Free
    * For foreign language docent service (English, Japanese, Chinese), inquire in advance at Andong Tourist Information Center
  • Website: www.byeongsan.net (Korean only)

Goblins perform a courtyard play at Andong Hahoe Village

Scenes of Andong Hahoe Village from “Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: ANDONG”

The goblins show their performing arts skills before people wearing smiling hahoe tal (masks) in a courtyard performance space. The stage is located in Hahoe Village, a representative clan village of Korea, home of the Pungsan Ryu clan for over 600 years. The village has carefully preserved the culture of Korea’s aristocracy, earning it recognition by UNESCO. The village performs hahoe byeolsingul tal nori, an entertaining performance that prays for peace, every week; plan your visit just right so you can see it.

  • Andong Hahoe Village
  • Address: 186, Jeonseo-ro, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 풍천면 전서로 186)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Andong Bus Terminal or Andong Station
  • Operating hours: April-September 09:00-18:00 / October-March 09:00-17:00
    * Closed temporarily until February 28, 2021 to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Hahoe Byeolsingut Tal Nori performance schedule
    - January-February: Saturday-Sunday 14:00-15:00
    - March-December: Tuesday-Sunday 14:00-15:00
  • Admission: Adults 5,000 won / Children 1,500 won
  • Website: www.hahoe.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, German)

The stage is set before Buyongdae Cliff

Scenes of Buyongdae Cliff from “Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: ANDONG”

The goblins and Leenalchi can be seen performing together on a wide sandy beach before a sheer cliff. They are standing on the riverside of Nakdonggang River as it flows between Hahoe Village and Buyongdae Cliff. The cliff is about a 10-minute walk from the village, and offers a complete view of the entire area from the top. It has been used as a filming site for internationally popular dramas such as “Mr. Sunshine (2018)” and “Kingdom (2019).” If you happen to visit Korea in fall, plan a trip here in the evening to watch the seon-yu fire string play, a traditional fire show.

  • Buyongdae Cliff
  • Address: 72, Gwangdeoksolbat-gil, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 풍천면 광덕솔밭길 72)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Andong Bus Terminal or Andong Station 
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hr
  • Admission: Free
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* This column was last updated in January 2021, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.

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