Woryeonggyo Bridge (월영교)
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.
The bridge name, meaning “Moonlight Bridge,” was selected from among 322 submissions from local citizens in a naming contest.
Aptly named, the bridge is beautiful at night, earning it a spot on KTO’s list of 100 Must-Visit Nighttime Tourist Spots.
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.
Nakgang Mulgil Park (낙강 물길 공원)
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.
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
Hahoe Village (안동 하회마을) & Buyongdae Cliff (부용대)
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.
The name of the village comes from the S-shape of the Nakdonggang River as it winds around the village.
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.
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.
Manhyujeong Pavilion (만휴정 원림)
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Mammoth Bakery (Main Branch)
KTX Eum & Andong Station
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.
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.
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