Andong International Mask Dance Festival


The province provides social welfare services to people who need to secure a basic means of livelihood, empowers women, and protects the rights of and hosts social events for seniors. In addition, it is developing productive welfare foundations to meet its residents’ various welfare demands, in pursuit of a "Joyful Welfare Society."

Securing Basic Means of Livelihood

Securing Basic Means of Livelihood

  • Recipients: 115,504 people
    - General recipients (108,572), people in special institutes (6,932), special recipients (1,989)
  • Grants : Living expenses, housing expenses, childbirth expenses, education funds, funeral and medical services

Social Welfare Facilities: 16,434 people are living in 561 facilities

children(34 facilities, 791 person), seniors(420 facilities, 11,510 person), homeless(4 facilities, 327 person), mentally challenged(5 facilities, 862 person), physically challenged(89 facilities, 2,560 person), single mothers(7 facilities, 244 person), people width hansen's disease(2 facilities, 140 person)

Senior Population: 535,000 (20.0% of the total provincial population) as of March 31, 2019

2013(452), 2014(467), 2015(479), 2016(492), 2017(512), 2018(529), 2019(535)

Social Welfare

Welfare Facilities for Seniors: 301

  • 25 nursing homes, 275 recuperation facilities, 1 house for seniors
  • Gyeongsangbuk-do
    • The best model province of Korean "filial piety"
    • Boasts the best quality of life for seniors
    • Provides medical services, leisure activities, and job opportunities for people in need

No. of Challenged People: 111,179 (as of March 31, 2005)

the physically challenged-59,118(53.2%), others-19,263(17.3%), hearing and speech challenged-11,112(10.0%), visually challenged-12,029(10.8%), the mentally challenged-9,657(8,7%)
Social Welfare

Formation of a Basis for Independence for the Disabled

  • Promotion of the Five-Year Plan for the Installation of Convenience Facilities for the Disabled (2010-2014)
  • Expansion of the operation of integrated welfare centers for the disabled (11 in operation, 1 under construction)
  • Job assistance, such as skills training for the disabled and hosting of job fairs (2011.10)
    ※ Hosting of the Do Total Arts Festival for the Disabled (2011.5)

Development of Female Talents and Expansion of Female Social Participation

  • Increase of female members in various committees: 36.2%(as of end of December 2018)
  • Expansion of women’s meeting halls: 23 (21 in operation, 2 under construction)
  • Trains of next-generation female leaders
  • Provision of customized services for various childcare demands, etc.
    ※ First in the country to foundㆍoperate a do-operated women’s policy development center (December 1997)

    ※ Gyeongsangbuk-do opened Gyeongbuk Women's Policy Development Institute, the first such institute in South Korea (December 1997)