Tuesday, April 17, 2018

[KOREA] 안동 ANDONG DAY TRIP

This place has been my top list of Korea travel since this city mentioned in every Korean book LOL if you learn korean using Yonsei or Sogang books you must be heard about this city which famous with Korean mask dance and also center of Korean culture. Finally this time i had chance to go there and suprisingly, even it's hard to use public transport but it's still interesting!

안동
ANDONG

TRANSPORTATION FROM/TO SEOUL
By Bus from Centrum city express bus terminal to Andong Bus station 
Takes around 2 hours 40 mins
Ticket price : ₩15.300/regular(R) ₩19800/premium(P)

By Train from 청량리 cheongyangni station (line 1)
Takes around 3 hours 40 mins
Ticket price : ₩15.300/mugunghwa train


TRANSPORTATION IN ANDONG
 Andong is quite super small city, with super rare bus interval ( around 30mins- 1hour) so becareful and make sure to check bus timetable at bus stop a day before!
P.S :  I suggest you using train better from seoul since Andong Station located in the city center, compared to Andong bus terminal that located 30 minutes from city center.


ACCOMODATION
안동온천
ANDONG ONCHEON
경북 안동시 대안로 189
경북 안동시 운흥동 141-26
( you can put that address on google)
₩9000/12 hours
Just okey, not really sophisticated with the service since inside it doesn't have ladies sleep room ( so you have to sleep together with other gender) but it super easy find from train station just around 5 minutes walk.


MUST VISIT ANDONG


#1
andong botkot cukje
ANDONG CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

#2
wolyongkyo
WOLYONG BRIDGE

#3
andong hahoe maeul
ANDONG HAHOE VILLAGE

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MUST EAT ANDONG
Andong is super famous with 찜닭 jjimdak or Korean chicken stew and 간고등어kangodengo or Salted griled macarel. TOO BAD everything served in Big portion ( usually around ₩25000/ portion)
and since i was travelled alone i couldn't try this :( So make sure you visit andong together with friends since so many good stuffs waiting for you! and if you want to eat some Andong traditional specialities in one single place, visit their 음식거리골목 eumsilgorigolmok or food alley.

경상북도 안동시 서부동 184-4





Sunday, April 8, 2018

[KOREA] 광양매화축제 GWANGYANG MAEHWA FESTIVAL

FINALLY BLOG! i came back with another of my korea travel series. SPRING IS HERE BABY! my second most favorite season of the year after autumn hihi. So this time i was discovering a new place which located in Southern part of Korea and always become the first place for enjoying Spring in all over Korea peninsula. This area quite famous with special Maehwa flower ( not cherry blossom) but different with Chinese or Japanese Maehwa, Korean Maehwa has soft white color (mostly) so you barely see bright pink redness color as like regular Maehwa. 

This year Spring was coming quite earlier compared to last year, So actually every year this area always helds Maehwa festival around mid to end of March and this year [2018] held on March 17th to 25th, and i came here on 30th HAHAHAHAHA so no crowd BUT  you couldn't see Maehwa since mostly had fallen down. So make sure, you come around festival period.

 광양매화축제
GWANGYANG MAEHWA FESTIVAL

HOW TO GO
Take Bus from Dongseoul terminal to Gwangyang terminal 
It takes 4hours 10 minutes drive// Bus interval 1 hour// ₩21000~35000
[ i don't suggest KTX because i'm broke HAHA oneway around ₩43000]
and After you arrive at Gwangyang terminal, i suggest you take taxi (around ₩23000 - 45mins drive) directly to Festival area, because if you take bus IT WILL TAKE FOREVER!!

and if you not adventurous enough LIKE ME haha because public transport just waste my time, i joint one day trip tour with Korea travel agency with Korean guide, but for you who don't understand Korean, you can check Trazy.com, they have several choices for Gwangyang festival and other southern korea spring festival.
MUST TRY
ALL MAESIL stuffs! Maesil is plum (i also just knew it thanks google) 매실차 maesilcha Maesil tea, 막걸리 makgeolli korean fermented rice liquor, and my top recommendation 매실아이스크림 maesil icecream!! Omg super refreshing soursweet for sunny day ₩3000 sell all around the village.

Overall, it much prettier that i saw in instagram and worth a visit. So if you come to Korea to early from peak spring schedule, try to come here !

[KOREA] ANDONG: 하회마을 HAHOE VILLAGE

And from this all Andong trip, finally to the main attraction that makes everybody comes to Andong. Listed under Unesco World heritage in 2010, made this village even cooler! Firstly i thought it must be boring BUT when i went there i was amazed by how pretty it is in person. I will not tell any historical story here because i don't care HAHA sorry not sorry but i was totally enjoying the view. If japan has Shirakawago village, i think this one is korean version one.

Super peaceful&traditional

Beside looking around, for deeper traditional experience, you can also overnight and stay at some 한옥 hanok or traditional houses or just sit and enjoying a cup of hot coffee in a traditional cafe.

하회마을
HAHOE VILLAGE

HOW TO GO
From Andong st. take bus and get off at 하회 hahoe. But make sure to see the bus schedule or take the bus timetable at tourist center right in feont of the station.
경상북도 안동시 풍천면 하회종가길 40

ENTRANCE FEE
₩5000/person
And while spring, you can also enjoy cherry blossom tunnel and IT WAS SUPER PRETTY!! i went on weekday and nobody's there♡

Super recommended tourist object!
CIAOOO

[KOREA] ANDONG: 월영교 WOLYEONGKYO BRIDGE

If you browse through naver.com, this place is #1 in Andong. You can enjoy beautiful cherry blossom with view of longest wood made bridge. Too bad it's gloomy :( because i was hope it's as pretty as its english name, Moonlight bridge.

월영교
WOLYEONGKYO BRIDGE

HOW TO GO 
From andong st. You can take bus no 3 or 3-1 but as you can see it runs only every an hour so dont waste your time and just walk around 3km or if lazy, take taxi around ₩5000
경북 안동시 상아동 569

[KOREA] ANDONG: 안동벚꽃축제 ANDONG CHERRY BLOSSON FESTIVAL

Because yeouido cherry blossom festival in seoul & jinhae is just TOO MAINSTREAM for you who have been to Korea many times and wanna try somewhere new, this place is for you! Actually i went there right a day before festival would be held, so nobody there and they just set some atributes for festival but it's okey i hate crowd anyway. Compared to other fest, it is smaller yet more intense. Although rain came, but it didn't stop me from photo hunting hihi

안동벚꽃축제
ANDONG CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

HOW TO GO
Right behind Andong Station but because of rails, you have to take a small walk away and take underground pass to venue.
안동탈춤공원andong talcum gongwon ANDONG MASK DANCE PARK
경북 안동시 운흥동 300-19

PERIOD
2018.04.06~15