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Andong Mask Dance Festival 2020

Get ready for your heart to burst with excitement at this exuberant celebration of the Korean tradition

Andong Mask Dance Festival in South Korea 2020 - Best Time
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Andong, a city in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province which once became famous as a birthplace of Confucianism in Korea, nowadays is known for an exuberant International Mask Dance Festival that runs under the slogan "hearts bursting with excitement."

It once used to be focused on Korean mask dance tradition. Today the festival has grown to international event, and celebrates world mask dance culture.

Andong Mask Dance Festival in South Korea - Best Season 2020

The visitors will see a variety of mask dances including Songpa Sandae, Kwanno, Kangrung, Unyul, Pongsan, Suyoung Yaryu, and others.

Best time for Andong Mask Dance Festival in South Korea 2020

Besides mask dancing, the festival highlights ancient rituals, in particular Lotus Lantern and Bonpae ceremonies, Songhwanggjae and Shamanist rituals, Naebanggasa chanting contest, and other colourful performances. Traditional music played with folk instruments will accompany all performances.

Best time to see Andong Mask Dance Festival in South Korea 2020

Along with Andong City, Hanoe folk village hosts a range of mask dance performances. Local highlights include the exhibition of ancient village totems named Jangsung.

Hahoe Village Mask Dance performance 2020
Hahoe Village Mask Dance performance

This great occasion to entertain oneself and learn more about various cultures falls every year in late September through early October.