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Riding KTX-Eum to Andong’s Best Attractions

  • Tag History Tour
  • Date06/10/2021
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Manhyujeong Pavilion

Andong is one the best cities to visit for a trip filled with Korea’s traditional culture. Often referred to as “the capital of Korea’s spirit,” Andong has a long history of Confucian culture from the Joseon dynasty, with that same scholarly ambiance found in the city today. Thanks to the newly opened KTX-Eum line, you can quickly travel to Andong and begin exploring the city’s best attractions!

Woryeonggyo Bridge

Woryeonggyo Bridge

Woryeonggyo Bridge is a 3.6-meter-wide wooden pedestrian bridge stretching over the Nakdonggang River. At 387 meters in length, it is the longest wooden bridge in Korea.

Woryeonggyo Bridge

The bridge name, meaning “Moonlight Bridge,” was selected from among 322 submissions from local citizens in a naming contest.

Woryeonggyo Bridge at night

Aptly named, the bridge is beautiful at night, earning it a spot on KTO’s list of 100 Must-Visit Nighttime Tourist Spots.

Woryeonggyo Bridge
  • Woryeonggyo Bridge
  • Woryeonggyo Bridge

Woryeongjeong Pavilion, located in the middle of the bridge, is a popular spot for taking photos to upload on social media. To see more of the natural surroundings, ride the traditional yellow hemp sailboat around the Andong Dam basin.

  • Woryeonggyo Bridge
  • Address: Area of Sanga-dong, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 상아동 일대)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Andong Station or Andong Bus Terminal
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hr
    * Fountain show (10 min): 12:00, 14:00, 18:00, 20:00 (April-October Saturdays & Sundays / July-September daily shows)
  • Fares
    - Admission: Free
    - Yellow hemp sailboat: Adults 8,000 won / Children 5,000 won
    - Moon boat: 28,000 won (up to three passengers)

Nakgang Mulgil Park

Nakgang Mulgil Park
  • Nakgang Mulgil Park
  • Nakgang Mulgil Park

Nakgang Mulgil Park is one of Andong’s most trending spots on social media channels like Instagram. Despite being rather small in size, the park gives off a much large aura with a lush forest and exotic fountain, perfect for enjoying a picnic.

  • Nakgang Mulgil Park
  • Nakgang Mulgil Park
  • Nakgang Mulgil Park

If you want to get some amazing photos without having to worry about other people getting in the way, be sure to visit on a weekday morning. The park has become so popular through social media that many of the best photo spots, including on the bridge, the walking deck, and in the forest garden, will have a line of people waiting.

  • Nakgang Mulgil Park
  • Address: 423, Sanga-dong, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 상아동 423)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 25 min from Andong Station or Andong Bus Terminal
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hr
  • Admission: Free

Hahoe Village & Buyongdae Cliff

Hahoe Village
  • Nakgang Mulgil Park
  • Nakgang Mulgil Park

Andong Hahoe Village is filled with beautiful traditional buildings, from houses and pavilions to Confucian academies. Walking through the streets, you can easily see the effects of Confucian culture on the society, earning this village a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2010.

  • Buyongdae Cliff from Andong Village
  • wishes tied around village guardian tree
  • stone wall road in Andong Village

The name of the village comes from the S-shape of the Nakdonggang River as it winds around the village.

Hahoe Mask Dance Drama Performance

When here, you have to make time to watch the Hahoe Mask Dance Drama Performance! The performance takes place at the stage within the village. The performance itself has over 800 years of history, and shows the history of Andong over various time periods. An explanation is provided in English, Japanese, and Chinese while you watch.

Buyongdae Cliff (top) & views of Hahoe Village from Buyongdae Cliff (bottom)
  • Buyongdae Cliff (top) & views of Hahoe Village from Buyongdae Cliff (bottom
  • Buyongdae Cliff (top) & views of Hahoe Village from Buyongdae Cliff (bottom

While at Hahoe Village, be sure to visit Buyongdae Cliff! The view from the cliff is outstanding, with the slowly meandering Nakdonggang River and the entire village spread out below you. You can also add in Hwacheonseowon Confucian Academy, just a 10 minutes’ drive away, to your trip itinerary.

  • Andong Hahoe Village
  • Address: 2-1, Hahoejongga-gil, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 풍천면 하회종가길 2-1)
  • Directions: Take a bus for approx. 25 min from Andong Station or Andong Bus Terminal
  • Operating hours: Summer 09:00-18:00 / Winter 09:00-17:00
    * Mask Dance Performance: January-February Saturdays & Sundays 14:00-15:00 / March-December Tuesday-Sunday & public holidays 14:00-15:00
  • Admission: Adults 5,000 won / Teenagers 2,500 won / Children 1,500 won
    * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 7-12)
    * Free: Preschoolers (ages 6 & younger), Senior citizens (ages 65 & older)
    * Mask Dance Performance free to watch
  • Major attractions: Hahoe International Mask Museum, Samsindang Guardian Tree, Chunghyodang Shrine, etc.
  • Nearby attractions: Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy, Dosanseowon Confucian Academy, Bongjeongsa Temple
  • Website: www.hahoe.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, German, French)
  • Buyongdae Cliff
  • Address: 72, Gwangdeoksolbat-gil, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 풍천면 광덕솔밭길 72)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 25 min from Andong Station or Andong Bus Terminal
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hr
  • Admission: Free

Manhyujeong Pavilion

Manhyujeong Pavilion
  • Manhyujeong Pavilion
  • Manhyujeong Pavilion

Manhyujeong Pavilion became a popular attraction after appearing in the drama “Mr. Sunshine (2018),” starring Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-ri. With a name meaning “a pavilion for resting a thousand years,” Manhyujeong Pavilion was built in the 1500s as a place for literary studies of Kim Gyehaeng during the Joseon period.

Single-log bridge at Manhyujeong Pavilion
  • Single-log bridge at Manhyujeong Pavilion
  • Single-log bridge at Manhyujeong Pavilion

The pavilion is located in a picturesque setting, with water flowing over smooth rocks in the valley from Songampokpo Falls and lined with aromatic pine trees. When visiting, don’t forget to take a picture standing on the single-log bridge, just like the characters from “Mr. Sunshine.”

  • Manhyujeong Pavilion
  • Address: 42, Mukgyehari-gil, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 길안면 묵계하리길 42)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 30 min from Andong Station or Andong Bus Terminal
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hr
  • Admission: Free

Andong cuisine

Set menu of Andong-style bibimbap (top), Andong-style bibimbap (left) & Andong-style sikhye (right)
  • Set menu of Andong-style bibimbap (top), Andong-style bibimbap (left) & Andong-style sikhye (right)
  • Set menu of Andong-style bibimbap (top), Andong-style bibimbap (left) & Andong-style sikhye (right)

In addition to the historical attractions, Andong is also famous for its local cuisine. To fill up on energy, order the Andong-style bibimbap, also called heotjesabap. This traditional dish stands out from the regular bibimbap by using the foods that would typical appear on the table of ancestral ceremonies. Most restaurants will also serve Andong-style sikhye, a sweet rice punch seasoned with radish, chili powder, ginger essence, and rice water.

Set menu with Andong Jjimdak & Grilled Salted Mackerel (top), Mammoth Bakery (bottom)
  • Set menu with Andong Jjimdak & Grilled Salted Mackerel (top), Mammoth Bakery (bottom)
  • Set menu with Andong Jjimdak & Grilled Salted Mackerel (top), Mammoth Bakery (bottom)

If you’re in the area of the old city hall, be sure to stop by Andong Jjimdak Alley. Jjimdak is a stewed chicken dish with potatoes, spinach, green onion, and glass noodles in a soy sauce-based sauce. While jjimdak can be found in many places, it is most famous in Andong. If you prefer fish, you’ll definitely want to try the Andong-style grilled salted mackerel. And after all that food, if you still have room for dessert, visit Mammoth Bakery! This famous restaurant was listed in the 2011 Michelin Guide, and is famous for its cream cheese bread and citron pound cake.

  • Andong-style Bibimbap
  • Recommended restaurants: Kkachi Gumeongjip, Mat 50nyeon Heotjesabap, etc.
    * Andong Tourism Website: www.tourandong.com
  • Andong Jjimdak Alley
  • Address: 58-15, Beonyeong1-gil, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 번영1길 58-15)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 15 min from Andong Station or Andong Bus Terminal, or take Bus No. 80 from Andong Bus Terminal to Andong Elementary School Bus Stop
  • Price: Jjimdak 20,000~30,000 won (4-serving standard)
    * Prices vary by shop; inquire in advance
  • Grilled Salted Mackerel Set Menu
  • Recommended restaurants: Yangban Babsang, Mokseogwon Garden, etc.
    * Andong Tourism Website: www.tourandong.com
  • Mammoth Bakery (Main Branch)
  • Address: 34, Munhwagwangjang-gil, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 문화광장길 34)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 15 min from Andong Station or Andong Bus Terminal, or take Bus No. 80 from Andong Bus Terminal to Andong Elementary School Bus Stop
  • Operating hours: 08:30-22:00
    * Closed the day of Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • Signature menus: Cream cheese bread 2,300 won / Citron pound cake 13,000 won / Happy peanut milkshake 3,000 won
  • Website: mammoth-bakery.com (Korean only)

KTX Eum & Andong Station

KTX-Eum train (top) & first-class car interior (bottom) (Credit: Korail)
  • KTX-Eum train (top) & first-class car interior (bottom) (Credit: Korail)
  • KTX-Eum train (top) & first-class car interior (bottom) (Credit: Korail)

Starting January 5, 2021, KTX-Eum is the newest high-speed train line to open in Korea, operating between Cheongnyangni Station in Seoul and Andong Station. The roughly 2-hour trip passes Yangpyeong, Seowonju, Wonju, Jecheon, Danyang, Punggi, and Yeongju Stations before arriving at Andong Station.

Andong Station

With the addition of the new line, Andong Station was remodeled, offering even more services! Before starting your trip, you can get information from the tourist information center, pick up snacks in the convenience store, and even rent a car to get around the city more easily.

  • KTX-Eum
  • Operations: From January 5, 2021
  • Line: Cheongnyangni Station – Andong Station
  • Stations: Cheongnyangni, Yangpyeong, Seowonju, Wonju, Jecheon, Danyang, Punggi, Yeongju, Andong
    * Train does not always stop at Yangpyeong, Seowonju, Danyang, and Punggi Stations
  • Andong Station
  • Address:648, Songhyeon-dong, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 송현동 648)
  • Facilities: Tourist information center, convenience store, café, rental car, etc.

More Info

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* This column was last updated in May 2021, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.

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