Blogs from Hahoe, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, Asia


Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Hahoe November 9th 2011

The world is filled with historical villages that have surrendered their character to the dictate of twenty-first century tourism – ostentatious signs, souvenir shops and restaurants abound, or even worse, persistent hawkers who shadow your every step. After years of travel, I have finally discovered a place which exudes its history with only a hint of conspicuous modernity. Whilst still breathless from the autumn colours of Bulguksa and Haeinsa Temples, I boarded another train to the town of Andong. My head leaned against the window and while watching the rural landscape flash past under grey skies, reminisced about my North Korean train journey; I saw more machinery on two farms and more cars at a single level crossing then I did during a whole day of train travel between the Chinese border and Pyongyang. The more ... read more
Postman in traditional attire - Hahoe, South Korea
Traditional Korean architecture - Hahoe, South Korea
A farming scene - Hahoe, South Korea

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