Andong masks festival

 
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There is a few places where you can experiment traditional korean village life style in Korea. In Seoul, Bukchon district is the only one that has been partially preserved from the last decades economic growth and violent development of the country. Yet, the korean countryside still hides some traditionnal areas with interesting cultural heritage.

Andong Hahoe village is part of the world heritage (UNESCO) and is famous for its yearly masks festival. Korean masks can be found in almost all souvenirs shops in the country, but seeing a these masks actually used by koreans is however very hard.

In old times, masks were used to represent the korean society, each kind of mask standing for a specific social class (peasants, nobles, elders,…). The scenes played were inspired by daily life in the countryside and actors could also be simultaneously musicians, artists and spectators.

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