The Ocheon Bicycle Path highlights.
Measuring 387 meters long and 3.6 meters wide, Woryeong is Korea’s longest wooden bridge. Though the arch trestles under its deck look ancient, builders completed Woryeong in 2003. You can see modernity in the bridge’s concrete pillar base and hand railing.
Woryeong’s name comes from the Woryeong Observatory, an ancient stargazing tower like the famed Cheomseongdae. Andong Dam flooded and destroyed it in 1976.
The walking bridge connects Woryeong Park (월영공원), which hosts the Andong Dam Certification Center, the Nakdonggang Bike Path’s start line, with the walking paths and pavilions surrounding the Andong Folk Village (안동민속촌).
Along its span, strollers can rest under the octagonal Woryeong Pavilion or gaze out from two piers jutting from the walkway.
Fountain jets and multi-colored LEDs light up the bridge at night. In the morning, mist rises from the Nakdong River, shrouding the bridge in painterly magic.
Andong Hahoe Folk Village (안동하회마을) sits 20 kilometers west of downtown Andong City. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and visited by Queen Elizabeth in 1999 and George W. Bush in 2005, the village offers glimpses of Joseon-era architecture.
This 600-year-old settlement rests at the bottom of a bend in the Nakdong River. It’s name, “Hahoe” (하회), translates to, “river that flows around.” Surrounding spread sandy beaches, mountains, and Buyongdae Cliff (부용대), which offers a bird view of the village.
Andong Hahoe’s layout includes 11 culturally significant and protected buildings and follows Feng Shui principles. The main hall sits in the center of town. Thatched roofed houses emanate outward, and two Confucian schools lie west and east of the village.
Andong Hahoe also created, preserves, and performs one of Korea’s oldest mask dances, the Byeolsingut.
Entrance isn’t free, however. At the top of a road into the village find an entry gate, the Hahoe Mask Museum, and restaurants serving Heotjesatbap (a variation on bibimbap), jjimdak (glass noodles and chicken), and salted mackerel.