Andong International Mask Dance Festival


Spirit and History

Gyeongsangbuk-do is the preface of a glorious province that was established enriched with the Buddhist culture, the mysterious Gaya culture, the scholarly aspects of Confucianism, and the beliefs of Korean nationalism, which holds the citizens as the first and foremost priority. In addition, having successfully overcome a national crisis through patriotic allegiance, the province initiated Sae-Maeul Undong (Movement), a new-village movement, and Nature Conservation Movement, which aids in upholding a national perspective. The residents of Gyeongsangbuk-do have inherited the patriotic and scholarly perspective of loyalty and perseverance, along with a strong sense of justice that will aid in progressing and developing the modern industries of the future.

Natural and Cultural Environment

Filled with a scenic natural landscape and a 335-km-long eastern coastline that remains untouched by man, Gyeongsangbuk-do has been established as the center of the textile industry in the global steel country, and has been the driving force of economic growth. Having the highest number of universities in South Korea after Seoul, the region is credited for educating many researchers and technicians. In addition, the province holds rich cultural resources along with tourism resources, which places Gyeongsangbuk-do within the center of tourism and merges the ancient culture and the modern society.

The Cultural Assets of Gyeongbuk

The Cultural Assets of Gyeongbuk
Historic Towns in South Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong
  • Gyeongju Yangdong Village
    • A UNESCO-certified cultural asset, Yangdong Village holds a total of 23 cultural assets of South Korea, including one national treasure and four other treasures. No less than 155 descendents of the original families are still residing in the village.
      | Location | 134 Yangdong-maeulgil, Gangdong-myeon, Gyeongju-si (☎ 054-779-6123)
  • Hahoe Village of Andong
    • Hahoe Village was named such because Nakdonggang's "S" shape coils around the village. The Confucian and traditional folk cultures continue to prosper through the traditional mask dance and fireworks.
      | Location | 40-1 Jong-ga-gil, Pungchun-myeon, Andong-si (☎ 054-853-0109)
Gyeongju Historic Areas ☎ 054-779-8744
  • Namsan Historic Area : Silla Buddhist Arts Cluster
    | Location | Namsan Circulation Road, Gyeongju-si
  • Wolsung Historic Area : Silla Palace site
    | Location | Gyochon-gil, Gyeongju-si
  • Daereungwon Historic Area : Tumulus sites of the Silla king and queen
    | Location | Gyerim-ro, Gyeongju-si
  • Hwangnyongsa Historic Area : Silla Hwangnyongsa Temple ruins
    | Location | Balgeun-maeul-gil, Gyeongju-si
  • Sansung Historic Area : 6-km-long mountain fortress on Myeonghwalsan
    | Location | Gyeong-gam-ro, Gyeongju-si
Gyeongju Seokguram Grotto, Bulguksa Temple
  • Gyeongju Seokguram Grotto : Sururam is a man-made grotto that houses a Buddhist shrine on the eastern slope of Tohamsan Mountain.
    | Location | 873-243 Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si (☎ 054-746-9933)
  • Gyeongju Bulguksa Temple : A temple built in the Unifed Silla Kingdom era (Dabotap, Seokgatap)
    | Location | 385 Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si (☎ 054-746-9913)