Monday, September 29, 2008

Masquerade de Andong

"One of the last living vestiges of old Korea" ~ Korea Travel Guide

Yip - quite a good summary of this charming town which was host to Queen Elizabeth's 73rd birthday during her visit in April, 1999. And a good site out of the way of everything else! But, this isolated spot explodes once a year showing a different face to each visitor during the Mask Festival.

Among crowds of masked dancers one is blended in colors and music that paint a smile of excitement on the scene. So much to little's truly a feast for the eyes. But, let the eyes not be so isolated in their enthusiasm and be joined by the sense of touch as you can soak up the festival with making crafts and participating in some of the events and photo opportunities.

The town itself boasts with numerous festival sites and stages where one could see lovely performances - or even be ze performancee'...yip...random actors and actresses dazzle visitors with their self-proclaimed, often quite entertaining shows and interesting talents. Some you may wish to appreciate, while others allow you to glance by and join another stage.

At Hahoe Folk Village we managed to be swept away along a flamed waterfall crossing the river in sizzling sparks and drops of gold to reach the cliff yonder from which fire balls were launched into the river down below...this traditional fireworks festival, Seonyujulbulnori (선유불노리), was absolutely spectacular! "At Buyong cliff overlooking the Nakdong river a spectacular fire show is performed with blazing pine needle gently falling down to the river in a rain of fire. On the beach, poets recite while boats play behind him amidst the fires burning nearby. The effects of fire and water here are extremely memorable."

But alas, let me stop blabbering and let the photos do the talking!

Go to Andong Album


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