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Municipal City
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul 안동시
 • Hanja 安東市
 • Revised Romanization Andong-si
 • McCune-Reischauer Andong-si
An aerial view of Hahoe Folk Village
An aerial view of Hahoe Folk Village
Official logo of Andong
Emblem of Andong
Location in South Korea
Location in South Korea
Country  South Korea
Region Yeongnam
First mention 930
City status 1963
Administrative divisions 1 eup, 13 myeon, 10 dong
 • Total 1,590.91 km2 (614.25 sq mi)
Elevation 139 m (456 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 167,942
 • Density 110/km2 (270/sq mi)
 • Dialect Gyeongsang
Postal code 760003-760944
Area code(s) (+82) 054
Website Official website

Andong is a city in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, South Korea. It is the largest city in the northern part of the province with a population of 167,821 as of October 2010. The Nakdong River flows through the city. Andong is a market centre for the surrounding agricultural areas.

Since the 1970s Andong has developed rapidly, although the population has fallen by nearly seventy thousand as people have moved away to Seoul and other urban centers. In the late 1990s and early 2000s it became a tourism and cultural centre.

Andong is known as a centre of culture and folk traditions. The surrounding area maintains many ancient traditions, so in mid October the Andong Folk Festival is held every year. One of the most famous aspects of these cultural festivities are the Andong masks.

Andong National University, specialising in education and Korean folklore, has grown rapidly since the 1970s. Other tertiary institutions include Andong Science College and Catholic Sangji College.


  • History 1
  • Local specialty foods 2
  • Visitor attractions in Andong 3
  • Climate 4
  • Gallery 5
  • Sister cities 6
  • People from Andong 7
  • See also 8
  • External links 9
  • References 10


Around 1 BC, Andong was founded by the Jinhan people, and it was known as Gochang. During the Three Kingdoms period, the area was controlled by the Silla kingdom. The Battle of Gochang in 930 was fought here between Hubaekje forces and the Goryeo army led by Wanggeon, who won control of the city and renamed it Andong.

After the ascent of the Joseon dynasty to the throne of Korea, Andong became a centre of Confucianism. The area was extremely conservative for a long time and produced many leading confucian scholars. Toe-gye Yi Hwang (1501–70), one of the most prominent of all Korean scholars, came from Andong. Yi Hwang retired back to his homeland late in life and started the establishment of the great Confucian academy Dosan Seowon there, which was finished after his death. During this period Andong and its principal families were influential within Korean political circles, of which the three notable families were the Andong Kim, Andong Jang and Andong Kwon clans.

After the 16th century Andong became less influential until the early 19th century, when a marriage of the local Kim family resulted in strong influence on the royal family.

Andong was the site of intense fighting during the Korean War in the early 1950s, the Battle of Andong. Although the city was almost destroyed, it was quickly rebuilt. In 1976 the Andong Dam was built, providing the city with a reliable source of electricity.

In 1999, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom celebrated her 73rd birthday in the city. There is an exhibit dedicated to this historic visit at Hahoe folk village museum. Andong soju is made using traditional methods that are centuries old unlike its popular modern counterparts. It is protected by government regulation to preserve authenticity and commands a steep premium in the marketplace.

Local specialty foods

Andong has famous local foods that originated in the city such as heotjesabap, Andong jjimdak, Andong soju (a rice wine), Andong sikhye (a punch), Geonjin guksu (a noodle dish), and salted mackerel.[1]

Heotjesabap is a variety of bibimbap, served with soy sauce (ganjang) instead of the gochujang (hot pepper paste) that is more commonly used. Heotjesa bab consists mainly of several types of namul (young sprouted vegetables) over white rice. It is also served with grilled fish, shark, and jeon (Korean pancake). The dish originated in Andong. The term, Heotjesa bap literally means "dishes for fake jesa" that are ceremonies for death anniversary and ancestor veneration held in Korea. The reason it is considered fake is that it is not covered in incense ash, as would happen to any food sacrificed in a jesa ritual.

Andong jjimdak is a variety of jjim (a Korean steamed or braised dish), made with chicken, cellophane noodles, and various vegetables marinated in a ganjang (Korean soy sauce) based sauce. The name literally means "steamed chicken of Andong."[2][3] There are many speculations on the origins of the dish. One is that the it is a specialty food of the inner rich village of Andong during the Joseon period, prepared and eaten for special occasions.[4] The more likely explanation is that during the 1980s in the Dak golmok (닭골목, literally "chicken alley") of the "Andong Old Market," restaurant owners there made a dish including ingredients that regulars demanded, which became the current Andong jjimdak.[5] Restauranteurs in the area claim it was invented by five local old women who had limited chicken supplies and wanted to stretch it out.[6] The most plausible speculation among existing assumptions is that merchants of the Dak golmok at the market created the dish to keep their position against the rapid expansion of Western fried chicken shops.[3]

Andong Soju is a specialty of the region. It is made with natural ingredients, unlike mass-produced brands, it was historically used for medicinal purposes, and was developed during the Silla dynasty. The traditions of Andong Soju were almost lost during the '60s and '70s due to government legislation, but they were brought back by Cho Ok-hwa, the current skillholder. Andong soju was traditionally made by the wife of a household, and she passed down the secrets to her daughters-in-law.[7][8]



Visitor attractions in Andong

The Hahoe Folk Village is perhaps the most notable folk village in South Korea. This village is listed by the South Korean government with UNESCO as a World Heritage site with Yangdong Folk Village in 2010.

Andong is also a home of Confucian studies and academies during the Joseon Dynasty. The notable examples of seowon, or Confucian academy are Dosan Seowon that enshrines Yi Hwang, Byeongsan Seowon for Yu Seong-ryong, Imcheon Seowon for Kim Seong-il, Gosan Seowon, Hwacheon Seowon and others. Other notable visitor destinations are Sisadan, Jirye Artists' Colony, Bongjeongsa temple and Andong Icheondong Seokbulsang aka Jebiwon Stone Buddha.


Climate data for Andong (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 3.6
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.2
Average low °C (°F) −7.4
Average precipitation mm (inches) 20.1
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 5.3 5.8 7.4 7.9 9.2 10.1 14.1 13.2 9.5 5.9 6.2 5.4 100.0
Average relative humidity (%) 61.6 60.1 59.8 56.7 63.0 71.3 79.3 78.6 77.8 73.3 68.8 64.4 67.9
Mean monthly sunshine hours 185.4 183.0 200.6 218.7 224.5 190.4 148.9 167.1 150.9 181.7 164.7 177.8 2,193.6
Source: Korea Meteorological Administration[10]


Sister cities

Partnership of kindness with:

People from Andong

See also

External links

  • City government website
  • Andong : Official Site of Korea Tourism Org


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  2. ^ "Genuine and Timeless Treasures in Confucian Country".  
  3. ^ a b 안동찜닭 (in Korean).  
  4. ^ Yun Tae-ha (윤태하) (2008-09-04). 희동이세상 - 안동의 전통음식 (in Korean). 
  5. ^ Andong, the Home of Confucianism and the Noble Class
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  10. ^ "평년값자료(1981−2010) 안동(136)". Korea Meteorological Administration. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  11. ^ "City to forge ties with South Korea, Indonesia". Sun.Star Bacolod. 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 

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