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The Andong Maskdance Festival kept me thinking a lot about identities. Since you can't see who half the people are dancing and whirling about, it's a legitimate line of thought. In this festival, it's believed there's a balance between the physical and the spiritual, a balance very similar to the yin and yang found on the Korean flag itself. Enough people believe in that balance to have the festival plaza and attractions filled with participants. (Or these people ...
... to the folk village before it was more interesting this time with the fall colours. Also since it was the end of season we could see the land had been worked and the village more lived in.
Last year when we came in March it was the start of spring and perhaps the locals had moved away for ...
... 8217;t until 2.20pm, arriving 50 minutes later!! When I checked times of trains and buses, it was clear I wouldn’t be able to visit the cave and move on to Andong, as I’d hoped. I asked if another bus went that way, even if it didn’t detour off down the 8.5kms track to the cave. There was a bus at 1.30pm.
Armed with more bus and train times, I took the bus, got off at Singi (pronounced Shingee) and hitched a ride with a policeman in a ...
... burning bushes (?) down from the top of the hill at random intervals (for some reason).
We were a bit concerned about getting back but there were extra buses albeit packed (& with some loud American English teachers) who may be teaching phrases such as 'it was so..like...' given the times they said it (lodly).
So a very successful day at the Festival and well worth fitting in.
Photos to follow ( I am at Jeju airport on a free ...
... there are no shops in the village. There was a free shuttle to take us the km to the village but they were really packing people in so we decided to walk to take in the sights.
Along the way we saw some tree carvings made to resemble the mask faces and other characters. We also noticed 'rude male objects' carved and the more we looked the more we noticed. After that they had a special building to commemmorate the Queen Elizabeth visit. They had blow up photos of her stay ...