Festivals, South Korea

Andong Maskdance Festival


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What started in a straw-roof hut village with a few wooden masks and the liveliest villagers has turned into one of South Korea’s premier festivals.

The Andong Maskdance Festival is held in the town of Andong in eastern Korea and continues to explode every autumn by gathering more and more international participation and recognition. We turned down a chance to see dubstep god Skrillex live in exchange for attending this festival all day with our good friends Krissy and Jason, and it was the best decision we could’ve made.

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Watching folk Korean dances in the aforementioned village, preserved to this day, along with Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese & even Russian – the latter being mind-blowingly amazing – kept us enthralled all day long. Plus you’ll have plenty of chances to get in on the action through parades, mask-painting and festival games, filling up on famous Andong Hanwoo beef rice stew & other Korean foods, and getting your dance on with a wild outdoor stage DJ party as confetti rains down and the sky blows up. If you’re in Korea and this festival rolls around, don’t miss out!

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  • Reply Krissy October 22, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Love it! Amazing photos and writing. You guys make the experiences come to life!!

  • Reply Samantha October 17, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Looks like such a fun time!!! When is this festival??

    • Reply Barilee Traveling October 18, 2016 at 3:55 am

      Hi Sam! This festival turned out to be one of our favorites. Unfortunately the festival this year was few weeks ago but if you’re around next year, should definitely check it out! When we went, we knew about the mask dance performances BUT didn’t expect the fireworks show at the end! It turned out to be so epic and oh, can’t forget the Andong Jjimdalk (안동찜닭). So yummy!

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