What would you do in Andong? Here’s some of the things that kept me chilled. Also, who spotted the movie reference?
Jeongsang – dong is a strange yet lovely place. The people are really friendly and the place is gorgeous. It took me a long time to get used to it.
Andong is famous for three things: Soju, Jimdak and masks.
I find the masks utterly captivating. Such an array of talent. There is a famous mask festival every year. If you want to find out more information on the festival, please visit
I’ve no idea what the festival is like but I’ve heard brilliant things.
What amazed me about Jeongsang-dong is just how many cafes and restaurants there is.
I might have tried most of them.
I don’t know how these places survive or how they spring up in the first place. I remember a delivery pizza place springing up and after a few weeks it vanished, never to be seen again. The pizza place equivalent of Kevin Spacey’ career.
The area wasn’t very big, it took me 2 hours to walk around it. In those two hours, I saw an array of coffee shops, chicken place, Korean barbecue place, restaurant, mobile phone shop, corner store. Repeat until there isn’t an inch left.
Generally, I think (and I might be wrong) Korean’s don’t have a mindset of eating alone. Eating is a communal occurrence. I’ve walked into a restaurant and asked for a table for one and been told, in the politest terms, ‘no’. It’s happened so many times that it doesn’t annoy me when it happens. It’s just one of those things. I’ve had a couple of strange looks when I’ve sat in restaurants eating by myself.
What amazes me is how these businesses are running at a profit, there’s so many places. The food is lovely and the service is amazing.
So what did I do in Andong? I’m a geek, so I geeked out at the arcade, the cinema or cycled.
Being completely new to the place I didn’t know anyone, except the flatmates. So, if you’re moving to Korea, join a club, join the local EPIK facebook group, research what there is and join local groups to meet people.
I enjoy cycling, reading, walking but they’re insular hobbies. You see some amazing sights and it’s great for moving around the town but we need to get out there and meet people or a little bit of us dies.
I enjoyed Andong, amazing lovely people, gorgeous food (more on the food coming up) lovely cycling lanes and great sights.
Thanks for reading,