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Photo essay: Andong to Sangju

 

Hahoe to Sangju (50mi, 80km) Quiet roads – one major climb. Beautiful views.
Points of Interest: traditional village (World Heritage Site)

  Hahoe Magul (village), Andong, Homestead of the Ryu family Hahoe Magul (village), Andong, Homestead of the Ryu familyHahoe Magul (village), Andong, was the homestead of the Ryu family for 600 years. The name means roughly "spinning river village." Because the Nokdong River spins around three sides of the village it has never been invaded, burnt and pillaged, so it retails dozens of traditional buildings. There are still more than 150 families living in the village. Among other qualities it is notable for being constructed mostly with natural materials (wood, paper, clay, ceramic, thatch).  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 

Hahoe Magul (village), Andong, Homestead of the Ryu family

Hahoe Magul (village), Andong, Homestead of the Ryu familyThe combination of natural materials, curves, levels, textures, shades of beige, detailed work and eclecticism, make it very eye catching and interesting around every corner.

  Hahoe Magul (village), Andong, Homestead of the Ryu family Hahoe Magul (village), Andong, Homestead of the Ryu family Hahoe Magul (village), Andong, Homestead of the Ryu family Hahoe Magul (village), Andong, Homestead of the Ryu family Hahoe Magul (village), Andong, Homestead of the Ryu family
  Hahoe Magul (village), Andong, Homestead of the Ryu family Hahoe Magul (village), Andong, Homestead of the Ryu familyWind down the crocked narrow passage into the center of the village and you will find the sacred zelkova tree.  It is said that the goddess Samsin resides in the tree. She is the Goddess of pregnancy and child-birth.  The thousands of the notes draped around the tree are prayers from individuals for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

In Korean lore, there are a lot of reference to scholars making important discussions or coming to profound realization under zelkova trees.
 

  Bicycling touring on rural road past rice farms, Gyeongsang Province, Korea Christian chruch, Sangju, Gyeongsang Province,  Korea

Gyeongsang Province is considered the breadbasket of Korea.  Historically farm land has been carefully managed and protected.  The field go up to the edge of the rice mills, churches and villages.  There is a lot of fear that the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement is going to undermined traditional agricultural and land-use patterns. (It is believed that the FTA will mostly benefit the industrialists.)

   
 

Mungyeong Nakdong Rivers - Sangju        

     

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